Patrice Bernier | Spokesperson

Patrice Bernier is the former captain of the Montreal Impact and is now a trainer at the academy.

He led the team to the CONCACAF Champions League finale and to an Eastern Conference finale against Toronto FC. Find out more.

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Jessie Grignon Tomàs | Ambassador

Jessie Grignon Tomás is a 29-year-old athlete who has been playing Ultimate Frisbee for 12 years.

Her athletic career in Ultimate Frisbee has been filled with obstacles (she tore her right ACL in 2011 and the left one in 2013) but also national success (runner-up in 2008 and 2009, champion in 2010 and 2012) and international success (bronze medallist in 2016 and 2017, silver medallist in 2010 and world champion in 2012). In 2015, she received the title of Female Athlete of the Year, an award presented by the Fédération Québécoise d’Ultimate. In 2017, she was selected among the seven best women in the country to represent Canada in the World Games in Poland.

 

Lysanne Richard | Ambassador

At 10 years old, Lysanne Richard saw high divers for the first time during a show at Village Vacances Valcartier. “I knew right away that I wanted to do that,” she recalls. The athlete from Chicoutimi practised traditional diving instead before studying at the National Circus School in Montréal. She then pursued a career in the circus world, notably working with the Cirque du Soleil (Zarkana) and The 7 Fingers (Amuse). In the meantime, she had three children who often accompanied her on tour with their dad.

As a high diver, Lysanne Richard was two-time winner of the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition, and she won first place in the FINA World Championships in 2016. Find out more.

 

Patrice Labonté | Ambassador

Mature and thoughtful, Patrice Labonté shines as both a lawyer with a brilliant career and a high-level track athlete. Patrice won bronze at the 2017 Pan American Half Marathon Championships and finished seventh in the 3000 m steeplechase at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie. More recently, he ranked eighth in the overall standings and third among Canadians at the 2018 Marathon de Montréal with a time of 2:25:29. He hopes to qualify for the Marathon event of the 2020 Olympic Games while pursuing his practice as a white collar defence lawyer. As part of his job, Patrice also handles some sports law cases to help combat sports doping.

Find out more here: FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

Pascal Dion | Ambassador

In his Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, Pascal Dion was a member of the men’s 5000m relay team that won bronze. Less than a month later, he won his first world championship medal, helping the relay team capture silver.

Dion first represented Canada internationally at the 2015 Winter Universiade where his highlight was a fourth-place finish in the 1500m. That came after he was forced off the ice for four months in 2014, due to a fall inflicting two cuts on his back. After undergoing a lot of physiotherapy, he competed at his first national selection trials just a couple of months after his return to skating. Pascal Dion is a kinesiology student at UQAM and he enjoys giving back to the community by getting involved, among other things, regularly with the youth club Pointe-Aux-Tremble, where he gave his first shots.

Find out more here:  Facebook, Instagram.

Chloé Lorange | Ambassador

Chloé started gymnastics at 5 years old. This rising star recently won several medals at the Canada Games in Red Deer.
She placed first in the all-around finals, on the uneven bars and in the team competition, and second on the vault.

 

 

 

Audrey Lacroix | Ambassador

Swimmer Audrey Lacroix has competed in three Olympic Games (2008, 2012 and 2016) qualifying each time for the 200-metre butterfly semi-final, her favourite event. Her international distinctions include 6 medals at the Commonwealth Games, including the gold medal in the 200-metre butterfly in 2014 in Glasgow, as well as 5 medals in two appearances at the Pan American Games. A testament to her longevity, she won the 200-metre butterfly at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto twelve years after winning the gold medal at the same event at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. During her 16-year career on the national swimming team, Audrey competed in seven FINA World Championships, reaching the 200-metre butterfly final in 2007 and 2009 and the semi-finals on five occasions.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Politics from the Université de Montréal and a Certificate in Administration from Téluq. She now works as a writer and social media manager. Find out more: FacebookInstagramaudreylacroix.ca.

Joliane Melançon | Ambassador

Joliane started practicing judo at the age of eight because her older brother did. Why judo? She loves the challenges that come with each match and the complexity of the sport. Three people have greatly influenced her sporting career: a primary school teacher, her first judo teacher, and her physical trainer. Her excellent performance led her to her first Olympic Games in London in 2012. Today, Joliane is a physical education teacher.

 

 

Jospeh Polossifakis | Ambassador

Joseph Polossifakis has been part of the national team since 2009. Polossifakis went on to be a double medallist at the 2011 Pan American Games, helping the sabre team win gold while claiming an individual bronze medal. In 2012 he captured individual gold at the Pan American Championships en route to his career-high year-end ranking of 23rd in 2011-12.  Find out more : Facebook, Instagram.

 

 

 

Alexandru Sorin | Ambassador

Alexandru Sorin is a karate athlete. He began training in 1993 in his hometown of Bucharest, Romania. He immediately developed a passion for karate. In 1997, he became the national champion of Romania. In 2007, he pursued his dreams in Canada and became the Canadian national champion in 2011 and 2012. It was his self-discipline and persistence that pushed Alexandru to realize his dream of national champion. Alexandru continues to inspire other athletes and teammates as a coach, father, speaker and now a book author.

 

 

 

Sandra Lizé | Ambassador

Sandra started playing water polo at the age of 7, a sport she has been playing for 28 years. During her career, Sandra has won the Canadian championship 21 times with her CAMO team from Montreal. She has been named the best player in the country three times, in addition to being a member of the All-Star Team, which brings together the top seven players in Canada, five times. The best memory of her sporting career is his participation in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney in Australia, when the women’s water polo was admitted to the Olympic program for the first time in history !

 

 

Nancy Drolet | Ambassador

Nancy Drolet is one of Team Canada’s top scorers with an impressive 116 points in 110 games. With the national team, she won six gold medals at the World Championships from 1992 to 2001, scoring the winning overtime goals at the 1997 and 2000 World Championships. In 1998, she was a member of the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team in Nagano, Japan, where women’s hockey made a historic debut at the Olympic Games by winning the silver medal !

 

 

 

Denyse Julien | Ambassador

 

Denyse Julien began representing Canada on the international stage at the age of 21 when she was selected to the national team for the Uber Cup final in Japan.
Denyse is the Canadian badminton player (men and women) to claim the most participations at the Olympic Games, while she was a member of the Canadian team at the Barcelona Games in 1992, Atlanta in 1996 and Athens in 2004.
She has won several international titles such as the US Open, French Open, Canadian Open, Welsh Open, Scotish Open, Winbledon Open, Mexican Open.
Naturally Denyse is the most successful athlete in national competitions. She claims 31 titles!
Named Athlete of the Year by Badminton Canada in 1995, Denyse was honored by her hometown when, after the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996, the gym where she began her career was renamed “Denyse Julien Gymnasium”. In 2007, she was admitted to the Quebec Badminton Hall of Fame.

Gabriel Chancy | Ambassador

Gabriel Chancy fell into the world of volleyball when he was very young. He participated in the Montreal Games in his youth. Over the years, he climbed up the ladder, going from the Quebec team to the junior national team with whom he participated in 2 world championships. He also had the chance to participate twice in the Universiades. A law graduate, he currently plays as captain of the Université de Montréal Carabins team while pursuing his graduate studies at HEC Montréal.

Find out more : Instagram 

 

 

Martin Bédard | Ambassador

Martin Bédard is a Canadian professional football player with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He is a very active person who has played many sports in his life, but football has been his favourite sport since the age of 10.
He had a very eventful youth during which he attended more than a dozen schools. That gave him the opportunity to meet a lot of people and have a lot of experiences.
However, sport has always been at the centre of everything in his life.

 

 

Alexandra Tessier | Ambassador

Alexandra Tessier makes her debut in the summer of 2011 with the Montreal Barbarians Rugby Club. She decided to try a new sport after a simple invitation from one of her friends. In 2012, she participated in the Universiades with the Canadian Rugby Sevens team, and that’s when she got a taste for competition, she wanted to perform against the best in the world. She made her debut in 2015 on the Canadian Rugby Fifteen team. Since then, she has played in 26 official games and participated in the 2017 World Cup in Ireland. With her team, she finished 5th at this biggest competition in women’s 15-a-side rugby. Rugby allows her to express herself in many different ways. Rugby challenges her both physically and mentally. Rugby often pushes her out of her comfort zone, which pushes her to go beyond her abilities, thus allowing her to grow as a person.

 

Audrey Lamothe, Rachelle Tousignant, Adriana Contreras | Ambassadors

Audrey Lamothe, Rachelle Tousignant and Adriana Contreras will be our Ambassadors of artistic swimming! Audrey Lamothe has been practicing artistic swimming for 10 years now and has been competing at the national level for 5 years. She had the chance to be selected for the past 3 years among the top 10 swimmers in Quebec to represent the province at the national SYNC (Summer Youth Swimming Challenge) competition. Last August, she competed at the UANA Pan-American Championships where she won two gold medals and was crowned double provincial champion at the last provincial selection. At only 15 years old she was identified among the top 24 swimmers in Canada in the 16 to 18 year old category. Rachelle Tousignant is 13 years old and now trains at the Montreal Synchro Club where she has been competing at the national level for the past four years. Next May, Rachelle will be competing for the 4th time at the Canadian Artistic Team Swimming Championships which will be held in Quebec City this year. The goal is once again to win the gold medal. Adriana Contreras is a charismatic, friendly girl with a surprising emotional intelligence. She was born in Mexico on March 14, 2006 and arrived in Quebec when she was 5 years old. A self-taught swimmer and miraculous survivor of scleroderma, Adriana lives overcoming one challenge after another to be part of the Montreal Synchro 13-15 Performance Team; she is in her third year in this discipline.