Third edition of the INS Québec fundraising event crowned with success thanks to the business community

Montreal, November 15, 2018 — Before an audience of close to 200 people assembled last night at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal for the fundraising evening of the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec), Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Board and Gaëtan Robitaille, Chief Executive Officer, announced the amount of donations raised by the business community. This year, funds raised totalled $95 000, bringing the total amount invested in the Fonds d’excellence to nearly $400,000 for the first three editions of this fundraising event.

By making a financial contribution to the mission of the INS, the business community enables athletes in Québec to progress toward excellence. This contribution will enable the INS to enhance and develop services in sport sciences, sports medicine and personal support provided to high-performance and next-generation athletes as well as the other service providers who support them across Quebec. In partnership with the athletes and their trainers, INS Québec employees, members of the sports community and sponsors, INS Québec also ensures ongoing access to a world class training environment.

“We are proud to make a difference in thoroughly preparing athletes and also to have become an essential partner in helping them make their dreams a reality. By providing them with access to world class training platforms and all the expertise they need to achieve the best performance of their lives, and by continuously improving the way we do things, we show that the athlete is our primary preoccupation,” said Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Board.

Thanks to its network of regional multi-sport training centres and its Complex at Olympic Park, INS Québec is a solid ally for high-performance athletes and their coaches, helping to facilitate their ascent to the highest levels.

During the fund raising event hosted by multiple Paralympic medallist Benoit Huot, eight Olympic and Paralympic athletes joined people from the business community in attendance at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal to bear witness to the importance of the Institut in Québec’s sports community. The INS warmly extends its thanks to:

Joelle Bekhazi, Water Polo — Joelle helped Canada win the Silver medallion at the Pan Am Games in 2007 and in 2011. She also played on the University of Southern California team, which makes Joelle the first Canadian to be a member of a champion water polo team in the NCAA. She also won the Silver at the Super World league final with her team in 2017.

Meaghan Benfeito, Diving – Meaghan won her first Olympic Bronze Medallion with her partner Roseline Filion at the London Games in 2012. They gave a repeat performance at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, where Meaghan also won her third Bronze Medallion on the 10 m. platform.

Charlie Bilodeau, Figure Skating — Charlie and his partner of several years, Julianne Séguin, finished in 9th place at their first Olympic Games in PyeongChang in 2018.

Kasandra Bradette, Short Track Speed Skating — Kasandra was the Bronze (1000 m) and Silver (women’s relays) Medallist at the 2016 World Championships. She was also a member of the Olympic team during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

Samuel Girard, Short Track Speed Skating — Samuel was a Gold (1000 m) and Bronze (men’s relays) Medallist at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

Benoit Huot, Para-swimming — Benoit has won 20 medals at the Paralympic Games. He took part in the Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000, in Athens in 2004, in Beijing in 2008, in London in 2012 and in Rio in 2016.

Joseph Polossifakis, Fencing — Joseph won the Silver and the Bronze medallions at the 2011 Pan Am Games. He was also a Gold medallion winner at the 2012 Pan Am Championships and a Silver medallion winner at the 2015 Pan Am Games. He was a member of the Olympic team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Aurélie Rivard, Para-swimming – Three-time Gold medallist at the Paralympic Games in Rio, Aurélie also won six Gold medals at the 2015 Para Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Antoine Valois-Fortier, Judo — Antoine won the Bronze Medallion at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in 2012. He was also a member of the Olympic team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The INS also wishes to thank the organizations in the business community that support the mission of the INS Québec and that joined Tom Quinn for this third fundraising event:

Alliance Sport-Études, AMC Design, Amer Sports, Aquam spécialiste aquatique Inc, Askida, Association québécoise de sports pour paralytiques cérébraux, Banque du développement du Canada, Bell Média, BFL Canada, BMO Banque de Montréal, Boxing Canada, CDMS inc., Cirque du Soleil, Claude Beaulieu sports, Comité Olympique Canadien, Corporation Financière Mackenzie, ,Cossette Communication inc., Elysium Real Estate Development inc., Excellence Chez Nous, Excellence sportive de l’île de Montréal, Excellence sportive Québec- Lévis, Fayolle Canada Inc., Fédération de soccer du Québec, Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes, FGL Sports, Fondation Neurotrauma Marie Robert, Groupe Goulet Sports, Gymnastique Québec, Hexfit Solutions Inc., Impact de Montréal, Indsci, Ipsos Québec, Jean Gosselin, La Corporation Cadillac Fairview limitée, Langlois Avocats, Loto-Québec, Mouvement Desjardins, QSM Group Inc., Samson groupe conseil inc, Services d’Entretien Bromar, Ski Québec alpin, Solutions Logicielles Notyss, SPORTS QUÉBEC, Vézina assurances inc., W.L. ACTIVEWEAR.


About the Institut national du sport du Québec |

INS Québec acts as a key performance partner for high-performance sports in Quebec and Canada. With its network of eight regional multi-sport training centres, 17 single-sport training centres and its Complex at Olympic Park, which is home to ten high-performance training groups, INS Québec offers sports medicine, sports science and personal development services to more than 500 high-performance athletes, 2,220 next-generation athletes and the 900 coaches that mentor them. INS Québec receives support from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, in addition to private partners such as CISCO, Bell, Mondo, Teknion | Roy & Breton, Côté Fleury, Inaxsys, B2dix and Sports Experts.

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Evelyne Déry

Communications Coordinator

Institut national du sport du Québec

514-255-1000 ext. 243 | 514-668-2968


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