SPOKESPERSONS AND STUDENT-ATHLETES

Dany Bonneville

President/ Founder

Alex Harvey

Annie Pelletier

Émilie Heymans

Félix Auger-Aliassime

Amélie Kretz

Antoine Duchesne

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“I adore all extreme challenges and I use them to encourage my family, friends, employees and business partners to make sports and healthy habits a part of their daily lives. I believe that the Bonneville 808 Challenge formula will allow everyone to choose a challenge customized to their needs and abilities.”
President/founder of the Bonneville 808 Challenge

BIOGRAPHY

A Quebec entrepreneur, dedicated philanthropist and fervent athlete, Dany Bonneville is co-president of Industries Bonneville, a jewel of Quebec industry for 55 years. He has met a number of major sporting challenges in his life, competing in five Ironman events and numerous ultra-cycling competitions, such as the prestigious Furnace Creek 508 and SilverState 508, when he rode more than 800 km solo in 37 straight hours without sleep.

With this new undertaking, Bonneville is proudly convinced that he is making a difference not only in the academic and sporting lives of FAEQ scholarship recipients, but also in the daily lives of many 808 Challenge participants. Bonneville, who has also been active for the past decade in several major organizations, including Opération Enfant Soleil and the Heart & Stroke Foundation wants to help the Foundation with one of its objectives, which is to establish sporting and academic role models who will inspire youths and tomorrow’s adults.

AlexHarvey

“Join in the Bonneville 808 Challenge and help support more promising young student-athletes who, as I did early on, need your help to advance nationally and internationally.”

Photo credit: Dustin Satloff.

2017 World Champion in the men’s 50-kilometre freestyle cross-country ski race in Lahti, Finland

BIOGRAPHY

Born September 7, 1988 in Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Alex Harvey is a cross-country skier and the son of Canadian cyclist and cross-country skier Pierre Harvey, Olympic medallist in the Summer Olympics (1976-1984) and the 1984-1988 Winter Games. Alex has received seven scholarships from the Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence since 2004, the first when he was just 15.

“I was pleased to be asked to act as spokesperson for the first edition of the Bonneville 808 Challenge,” says Alex. “The Foundation was there for me at the start of my career when I was just 15, and for several more years before I made a name for myself.”

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“Participating in the Bonneville 808 Challenge is a way to encourage our young student-athletes, who will be tomorrow’s leaders!”

Photo credit: Bernard Brault.

Bronze medallist, women’s 3 metres springboard diving, 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta

BIOGRAPHY

Born December 22, 1973 in Montreal, Annie Pelletier won the bronze medal in women’s diving in the 3 metres springboard event at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She also won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 1994, was the first athlete in Canadian history to take gold at the FINA World Championships, also in 1994, and finished with a gold and silver at the Pan American Games in Argentina in 1995. A scholarship recipient from Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence in 1995, she has worked full time for the FAEQ since 2005 as communications manager.

Professionally, Pelletier is also an ambassador for Frank Lyman Design, Village Vacances Valcartier and Albi Honda Pointe-aux-Trembles. Socially, she supports and does volunteer work for several causes, notably as a patron to the athletes of Special Olympics Quebec for nearly 20 years. She became a mom in December 2015 and has juggled the demands of work and family life since early 2017.

Félix Auger-Alliasime

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“It’s logical for me to get involved in the Bonneville 808 Challenge on behalf of Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence. The foundation has supported me since I was 12, even before I became known in the tennis world, and I am very appreciative of all they’ve done for me.”
Winner of the 2016 US Open Junior Tennis Championship at age 16

BIOGRAPHY

Born August 8, 2000 in Montreal to a Quebec mother and a father from Togo, Félix Auger-Aliassime began playing tennis at the age of four. At 12, he was awarded a scholarship from Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence and has received six grants from the FAEQ since then. Right-handed, with a double-handed backhand, he became in 2015 the youngest player to be ranked among the world’s top 800 tennis players and the first born in the 2000s to achieve a world ranking.

In 2016, the teenager, who stands 6’3”, won the US Open Junior singles title, taking just 58 minutes to defeat his opponent Serbe Miomir Kecmanovic. After his win in Flushing Meadows, Auger-Aliassime moved up to professional status. He has written a page in sports history by becoming the first Quebecer to win a major singles title in his age category.

ÉmilieHeymans

“It was with great pleasure that I agreed to be a spokesperson for the Bonneville 808 Challenge. The Foundation supported me when I was 16 and has always been a part of my life, even in my post-diving career. The Foundation always encouraged me to keep on studying, and it is in part thanks to them that I persevered, completed my fashion program, and am working in the industry today. Come ride with us this coming September 23 and 24 and support our young student-athletes. I look forward to seeing you there!”

Photo credit: Bernard Brault

Four-time Olympic diving medallist: 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012

BIOGRAPHY

Born December 14, 1981 in Brussels, Belgium, Émilie Heymans grew up in St-Lambert, Quebec. She is the only Canadian to have won four Olympic medals in diving (at four Olympic Games) and holder of the World Champion title in the 10 metres individual event (Barcelona 2003).

Émilie received her first scholarship from Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence at the age of 17 and seven such grants since 1998. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, she won a silver medal in synchronized diving; at the 2004 Games in Athens, she took the bronze in the 10 m synchro; in 2008 in Beijing, her exciting finish in the 10 m individual earned her the title of Olympic vice-champion; and when the London Games in 2012 ended, she walked away with a bronze in the 3 m synchro.

In 2013, when she was 31, the athlete announced that she was leaving her sport. She transitioned into fashion, a move she’d been planning for some years by arming herself with a diploma in fashion marketing from École supérieure de mode de Montréal.

Amélie Kretz

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“The Bonneville 808 Challenge will enable student-athletes like me to enjoy the support of the Foundation. I want to help make the event a success by being involved and riding for a cause that means a lot to me.”
34th in the triathlon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

BIOGRAPHY

Born May 19, 1993 in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Amélie Kretz grew up in Blainville. She started her international career in the juniors in 2010. After being named Elite Junior Athlete of the Year by Triathlon Canada in 2012, she won the bronze medal at the World Championships in the under-23 category. Also in 2013, she won her first World Cup event with a gold medal in Edmonton. In 2015, Amélie earned her second career podium, winning a silver medal at the Australia World Cup. In 2016, she posted her career best at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, finishing eighth. She competed in her first Olympics in Rio, finishing in 34th place.

Amélie studies applied nutrition at Guelph University and wants one day to run her own clinic and work with high-performance athletes. She loves cooking, fishing, reading, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. She is an ambassador for Procure, the Force Against Prostate Cancer and for Rapides et Radieuses.

Antoine Duchesne

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“I was happy to be recruited as a spokesperson for a cycling challenge on behalf of the foundation that supported me financially twice in my career. I am also proud to be able to contribute to the success of the event, both the upcoming edition and future ones.”

Photo credit: Pauline Ballet

107th in the 2016 Tour de France

BIOGRAPHY

Born September 12, 1991 in Saguenay, Antoine Duschesne is a bicycle racer and a member of the Direct Énergie pro cycling team who has been crowed Canadian champion. Recipient of scholarships from Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence in 2011 and 2012, he ranked 138th in the Tour of Spain in 2015.

In 2016, Antoine became the second Quebecer to ride in the Tour de France, finishing 107th.

The self-professed epicurean and connoisseur of fine wines dreams of one day owning his own vineyard.