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.

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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 has won 3 Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions, 14 RBCD podiums and 2 FINA podiums.

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Patrice Labonté | Ambassador

Mature and thoughtful, Patrice Labonté combines a brilliant professional career as a lawyer with an excellent athletic level in running. Patrice’s accomplishments include a bronze medal at the 2017 Pan American Half Marathon Championships and a 7th place finish in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie. More recently, in 2019, he ran the fastest time in Quebec in marathon (2:21.13) and 10,000m (30:15). He hopes to continue his improvement on marathon while continuing his practice as a lawyer in technology law while working for Absolunet, a fast-growing Quebec company. At the same time, Patrice offers several conferences to RSEQ student-athletes on resilience in times of pandemic and the conciliation between high level sport and academic progress.

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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 over 35 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 !

 

 

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 2014, 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. Having completed his university career with the Université de Montréal Carabins in 2020, Gabriel is currently playing with the Canadian Development Team in Gatineau .

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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.

 

Achraf Tadili | Ambassador

Achraf Tadili is an Olympic athlete and has held the Quebec record in the 800m since 2003. He was a member of the Canadian team for 10 years (1999 to 2009), including 3 World Championships (Paris – Helsinki – Osaka) and 2 Olympic Games (Athens – Beijing). He was Pan-American Champion in 2003 and vice-champion in the 800m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2006, as well as 3 times Canadian Champion. Achraf is currently coaching at the Vainqueur Plus club, having coached several QC champion athletes. In addition, he is a Jouez Gagnant speaker to inspire the youth of tomorrow.

 

 

 

Jacqueline Simoneau | Ambassador

Jacqueline Simoneau participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics in artistic swimming. She also qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games. She is the first Canadian to win 4 consecutive gold medals for Canada at the Pan American Games! Very resilient, she has won close to 100 medals for Canada on the world stage despite being diagnosed with celiac disease at age 9.

In addition to her studies and training, Simoneau also gives back to the community by working closely with the Make A Wish Foundation, Celiac Quebec and Fast and Female!

 

 

 

Virginie Chénier | Ambassador

Virginie Chénier started shooting at the age of 11. She came to archery after practicing artistic gymnastics. Virginie made her first National Team in 2008 when she went to the World Junior Championships in the cadet division. In 2013, she made her first Senior National Team.
Today, she is proud to represent Canada at several world events and two Pan American Games.

 

 

 

Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen | Ambassadors

Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensenj have been skating together since 2012 and have represented Denmark internationally, on the Senior Grand Prix circuit as well as at multiple World Championships where they qualified for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games. Due to citizenship issues, they were unable to participate. For this reason, they chose to skate for Canada in 2018. They proudly represented the country by placing 10th at the last World Championships in Japan, as well as winning two bronze medals at the Cup of China Grand Prix (2019) and the Skate America Grand Prix (2019). They are currently training for the World Championships in Sweden in mid-March 2021 with the goal of competing in the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.

 

 

 

 

 

Alexandre Moreau-Regimbald | Ambassador

Alexandre Moreau-Regimbald started playing kin-ball in 1993 at the age of 7. He played his first senior game when he was 16 years old. He was really part of the first crop of young players that were developed by the first coaching group. Alexandre has won three Quebec championships, two World Cups, one as captain of Team Canada and a Cup as coach of the women’s team. His playing style is very intense with the ability to get even better when the stakes are high. His three main strengths are: offense, vision and leadership.

 

 

 

Seddik Megraoui | Ambassador

Seddik Megraoui has been practicing Taekwondo since the age of 10. He is an elite level athlete in Olympic Taekwondo since 2013. He has participated on the national and international scene in many tournaments. In 2013, he is a member of the official Canadian delegation and won 17th place at the 2013-2014 World Olympic Taekwondo Championship in Mexico. In addition, he has been on several podiums at national championships between 2015 and 2018 and earned 3rd place at the Commonwealth Championship in 2017.

Seddik is actively involved in the Quebec taekwondo community. Indeed,  he created a martial arts training program for children and teenagers, with other members of his training club at l’Académie d’Arts Martiaux Saint-Léonard, followed by thousands of athletes since 2014.

 

 

Dimitri Mikhnovitch | Ambassador

Dimitri Mikhnovitch started ITF Taekwondo in 2006. He took a break and started again in 2014. His first competition was in the Montreal games. Afterwards, he did several competitions in Montreal, Trois-Rivières and Toronto. In addition, he received his black belt in 2018. Finally, in 2019, he had the chance to participate in the world championship in Bulgaria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Francis Luna Grenier | Ambassador

Francis Luna Grenier is from Montreal and has been practicing weightlifting for 15 years. He entered the international scene in 2003 at the age of 16, during the World Junior Championships. In 2006, he started competing at the senior level at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. His consistency in training and dedication to his sport earned him a spot in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, where he finished 17th. In addition to being a 10-time defending Canadian champion, he holds several provincial and national records and international medals. Francis trains regularly and is studying for his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He seeks to pass on his knowledge by coaching weightlifting enthusiasts and wishes to inspire young people to move forward with their dreams and thus realize a unique path and an exciting life.

 

Valérie Tétreault | Ambassador

Valérie Tétreault is a former Canadian professional tennis player. She was a member of the Fed Cup team from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, she reached the 112th position in the world and participated in Grand Slam tournaments, including a match against Kim Clijsters on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. In addition, she won three Challenger titles as a professional.

Since her retirement, she has been working for the Canadian Tennis Federation in communications where she is now the director. And, since 2012, she is a tennis commentator for TVA Sports.

 

 

Bianca Ockedahl | Ambassador

Bianca Ockedahl was born in Montreal and started judo at the age of 13. Her home club is the Shidokan Judo Club in NDG. She has won several medals at the provincial, national and international level. Her best performance was a 2nd place at the World Cup in Samoa and 3rd place at the World Cup in El Salvador. She participated in many international tournaments and before retiring she was ranked 34th in the world. She has been Canadian champion several times. After her career, she became a judo coach in the Yukon and since 2019 until now she is the women’s coach and assistant at Judo Quebec.

 

 

Eliott Heloir et Nina Heloir | Ambassadors

Eliott Heloir is a 20 years old professional ultimate frisbee athlete with the Montreal Royal. Before getting there, he played his first Montreal games in basketball with Verdun in grade 6, and then started playing ultimate in high school. Eliott has always enjoyed playing sports and being part of a team. He played in a junior club until he was 18 years old and was finally called to two Canadian National U24 and U20 teams. Ultimate Frisbee has allowed him to develop balanced athleticism. If he could give us one piece of advice today, it would be: “Enjoy every time you step on the field, in the pool, on the ice, in the gym and have fun, that’s how you become better at what you do!

Nina Heloir is 18 years old and has been playing Ultimate since she was 8 years old. She loves this sport because it allows her to expend all her energy and to excel. Nina’s first dream came true when she was selected for Team Canada u20 in 2019. Of course, she hopes to make another Canadian team in the more advanced categories so she can take on even more challenges! Ultimate is also a sport that promotes equality for all, which is something she feels very strongly about.

 

 

Fumiko Fraser | Ambassador

Fumiko Fraser started playing handball at the age of 9. Her physical education teacher at the time was passionate about the sport and passed on her love for handball. At the age of 12, Fumiko made her debut in a civilian club: the Montreal Celtics. Then, a few years later, she was selected for the Quebec and Canadian teams. Between 2011 and 2014, Fumiko participated in 6 international competitions with the national juvenile and junior teams. After a forced break due to a knee injury, she resumed competitive handball in 2018. She then participated in 2 competitions with the senior national team: the qualification for the Pan American Games in Auburn (USA) in 2018 and the Pan American Championship in Mexico in 2019.

Today, Fumiko plays for the Ahuntsic-Cartierville Handball Club and coaches flag soccer teams (her second sport). She is also a special education teacher in a high school in Montreal.

Joseph Polossifakis and Maximilien Van Haaster | Ambassadors

Joseph Polossifakis has been a member of the National Fencing Team since 2009. At his first Pan American Games in 2011, Joseph won two medals: a gold medal as a member of the saber team and a bronze medal in the individual competition. In 2012, he won a gold medal in the individual competition at the Pan American Championships. He finished the 2011-2012 season ranked 23rd in the world!

Maximilien Van Haaster has always wanted to be a world class athlete and represent Canada on the international stage. In 2013, he stood on his first individual podium, winning the bronze medal in foil at the Pan American Championships. At the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, he finished fifth in both the individual and team foil events. Van Haaster made his Olympic debut in Rio in 2016 and won his first dual. Van Haaster concluded the 2018-2019 season ranked 22nd in the world, greatly influenced by a silver medal at the Pan American Championships and a 16th place finish at the FIE World Championships.

 

 

Dorothy Yeats | Ambassador

Dorothy Yeats is following in the footsteps of her father Doug, a five-time Olympian and gold medallist at the 1979 Pan American Games. In 2010, she won the gold medal at her first Youth Olympic Games before winning her first senior international tournament, the 2011 Commonwealth Championships. In 2012, she was the Austrian International and Canada Cup Champion before winning the first of her two consecutive World Junior titles. In 2014, Dorothy added two more prestigious victories to her record by winning gold at the World University Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

In 2015, she repeated her father’s feat by winning gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto. At her first Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, Dori advanced to the bronze medal game.

 

 

 

 

Aurélie Tran | Ambassador

Aurelie, a 15-year-old athlete, is a member of the national team as well as the Canadian junior champion in artistic gymnastics.

So far, Aurélie Tran excels in her sport and accumulates prestigious awards. In 2020, she won 2 bronze medals at international level. In 2021, she won 9 of 10 Canadian gold medals for juniors. Next year, Aurélie will make the jump to the senior ranks and aim for participation in the 2024 Olympic Games.

 

Michèle Masson-Trottier | Ambassador

At 5 years old, Michèle started to practice her discipline in Manitoba. During her childhood, she moved several times, but Michèle always continued to pratice ringette. Also, our sport was a great way to integrate and bond with other kids in her new neighborhood.

As a teenager, Michèle competed in the Quebec Games and played in the AA level until entering at the University, when she made the heartbreaking choice to prioritize her studies.
Ringette still occupies an important place in her daily life. Michèle now trains the Mile-End Ringette and she aims to develop self-confidence in the young girls of the Association, the pleasure of sport and team spirit.

 

Juliette Brindamour | Ambassador

At 11 years old, Juliette started speed skating at the Toronto club. Four years later, she moved to Montreal to continue her training in a more serious way.
In 2018, she won the Canadian junior champion title in the 1500m. This important victory earned her a spot on the Canadian team at the 2019 World junior championships where she also won the Canada Games the same year.

Juliette has always conceded a great importance to her studies during her athletic career. She is currently a first year medical student.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Savchenko | Ambassador

This senior high level athlete started praticing her sport at the age of 4 years old in Questo. Today, Elizabeth is a member of Canada’s national team and she also represented her country at the inaugural Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Moscow in 2019.
Moreover, since 2015, our ambassador has won numerous awards in her discipline,  at the national and word level: Quebec champion on several occasions, national vice-champion in 2016 and 2019, bronze medalist at the national level in 2015 and in 2018, silver (team event) and bronze (individual) medalist at the Pan American Junior Championships in Mexico in 2019, bronze medalist at several international competitions.

 

 

Katerine Savard | Ambassador

At the age of 10 years old, Katerine Savard started swimming. Her mother was afraid of the water, so she enrolled her daughter in swimming lessons to prevent her from developing the same phobia.
Since her first international final at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, Katerine has become one of Canada’s top swimmers.
In 2013, she had a remarkable year after competing in her first Olympic Games, in London. In 2012, she won the gold medal in her specialty; the 100m butterfly at the 2013 World University Games in one stroke.
In 2014, Katerine set the Canadian record of 57.27s in the 100m butterfly at the Canadian tryouts, followed by another 57.40s at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which she won the gold medal.
At the Rio 2016 Olympics, she have swim the opening leg of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, leading Canada to her first Olympic medal of the event!

Also, Katerine will be at the Olympics Games in Tokyo this year.

Frantson Démosthène | Ambassador

Frantson Démosthène is a basketball player currently playing at 3-4 for the UQAM Citadins | Sports of excellence. In Georges-Vanier high school, he won the Provincial Championship at his last student year.
Subsequently, he continued at Collège Montmorency. Frantson Démosthène was named on the second all-star team.
Then, he went to play and studie at University Laval in Québec. He defended the Rouge & Or colors for three great years. During these years, he was named a few times on the first all-star team and he received the defensive player title of the year during his career on his last season.