SPOKESPERSONS AND STUDENT-ATHLETES

Dany Bonneville

President/ Founder

Alex Harvey

Marie-Claude Molnar

Annie Pelletier

Lyne Bessette

Alexis Lepage

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.

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“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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Medallist at the 2012 London Paralympic Games

BIOGRAPHY

Born on October 2nd, 1983 in Greenfield Park on the South Shore of Montreal, Marie-Claude Molnar’s life radically changed in 2005 when a speeding car hit her while she was riding her bike. In 2009, Marie-Claude gets introduced to paracycling; her brilliant performances rapidly bring her to joining the National Team.

Proud to represent Canada at the Parapanamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) in 2011, Marie-Claude set a new world record in individual pursuit on the track, and also brought home the silver medal in the road event. She struck gold once again in 2012 at the London Paralympic games where she won bronze in the road time trial event. In 2013 she became World Cup Champion and the first Canadian paracyclist to take part in a professional race, Chrono Gatineau.

Her unique story brings her to inspire people that she meets through her conferences and various organizations. For the third year in a row, she is the ambassador for the Cyclopétards Cycling Club, whose mission is to promote cycling amongst women and self-actualization.

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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.

LyneBessette

“I myself received bursaries from the Foundation. I would not be lying if I told you that I sometimes wish I pursued my studies in cooking or psychology….but life took me elsewhere, and it is quite extraordinary! Come out and support our athletes!”
Gold medallist in tandem, 2012 London Paralympic Games

BIOGRAPHY

Lyne Bessette is born March 10th, 1975 in Knowlton, Quebec. She won gold in tandem at the London 2012 Paralympic Games as Robbi Weldon’s pilot. World Champion in tandem in 2010 & 2011, she wins the Masters World Champion title in cyclocross in 2012. Olympian in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, she is crowned Champion at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur and silver medalist in 2001 in Manchester. Winner of the prestigious Tour de l’Aude féminin in France in 1999 & 2001, she wins the longest women’s tour in the world, the Hewlett Package Women’s Challenge in 2001.

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“The Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence supports me through their partnership with Cascades. The costs related to my sport are very high and financial support is therefore essential. I am very happy and proud to join forces with the Foundation to help increase support for Quebec student-athletes.”
Triathlete on his way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

BIOGRAPHY

Born on April 26th, 1994 in Montreal, triathlete Alexis Lepage is a member of the Canadian National team. He holds the title of Canadian University Champion and was a silver medallist at the 2017 Canadian Elite Championships and 5th at the World Mixed Relay Championships. In April, he will take part in the Commonwealth Games with the ultimate goal of participating in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. A business major at Université Laval, Alexis is a bursary recipient of the Foundation since 2015. His philosophy is to live life to the fullest and never settle into a routine. His other passions include entrepreneurship, cross-country skiing, cooking and of course triathlon.

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.