MS Walk - Banlieue Ouest
Sunday, May 28, 2017

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Alison Levine Co-President of Honor

Paralympic athlete in boccia, Alison Levine has an idiopathic neuromuscular disorder that causes weakness in all her muscles. That strong young woman faces her condition with grace and courage. " I live a very different life than most people but in my opinion, a great one. While dealing with a debilitating condition that robs me of my independence, I make the best of it. Paralympic sport requires me to push through barriers to achieve my goals, allows me to be proud of who I am no matter how I look, and gives me the courage to be the best that I can be".

David Bédard Co-President of Honor

David Bédard is an Olympic diver and is currently a diving coach in Pointe-Claire. He represented Canada at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996). He twice won a medal at the Pan American Games (1987 and 1995). He won a silver medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and two silver medals at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Walk with David on May 28th, 2017 to stop MS!

Vincent Riendeau Co-President of Honor

Vincent started diving at age 6 in Pointe-Claire. His Olympic dream was sparked by watching Alexandre Despatie and Émilie Heymans win their Olympic medals in Peking in 2008. Today, he is a silver and bronze medallist in the 10-meter synchro discipline. In 2014 he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games. In addition, in 2015 he won two silver medals one at the Pan American Games and another at the FINA World Championship at the 10-meter synchro. Vincent has distinguished himself in numerous competitions during the last six years.

Walk with Vincent on May 28th, 2017 to stop MS!

Priscilla Gagné Co-President of Honor

Born in Granby, Priscilla moved to Ottawa in 2013 to improve her Judo techniques with Nathalie Gosselin, former Olympian of the Canadian judo team. Affected by a visual impairment, Priscilla practices parajudo at the Institut national du sport du Québec in Montreal under the supervision of the national team coaches. In 2015, Priscilla won two medals including a bronze medal in para-judo at the World Cup in Hungary and a silver medal at the Toronto Parapan Am Games. She outperformed herself in 2016, especially at the International Blind Sports Federation World Cup where she won silver in Germany and bronze in England and again in Brazil. At her first Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016, Priscilla ranked 5th. We thank Priscilla for supporting the cause of multiple sclerosis.

Walk with Priscilla on May 28th, 2017 to stop MS!

Christine Gauthier Co-President of Honor

Christine started para-canoeing in 2008 while on excursion with her sisters after suffering injuries during her military service. Christine Gauthier who trains in Pointe-Claire and Florida is five-time world champion of para-canoe in K1 200 meters. She came in fourth position at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where para-canoe made its debut. Christine also plays sledge hockey, cross-country sit ski and hand cycling as cross training for paddling. Thank you Christine for supporting those living with MS!

Brent Lakatos Co-President of Honor

Brent grew up in Dorval. At age six, he was involved in an accident while playing ice hockey. The impact of the fall caused a blood clot to form in his spine, which resulted in paralysis.

The legendary Canadian wheelchair racer, André Viger, introduced Lakatos to wheelchair racing and provided him with his first chair for the sport.

Lakatos won four medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games including gold at the 100 metres - Men. He also had a great season in 2015, winning three gold medals at the Parapan American Games in Toronto and four medals at the International Paralympics Committee World Championships.

We thank Brent for supporting the cause of people afflicted with MS!

Kristel Ngarlem Co-President of Honor

Kristel is five-time national junior champion and three-time national senior champion in weightlifting. Her career path was hardly typical. Unlike most athletic kids, who are inspired by Olympic athletes, Kristel fell in love with her sport when she watched La mystérieuse Mademoiselle C, a popular Quebec film featuring a young weightlifter. To the great despair of her mother, 10-year-old Kristel abandoned figure skating and became a weightlifter. At age 13, she participated in her first Canadian Senior Weightlifting Championships.

In the summer of 2014, the 19-year-old delivered an excellent performance at the Junior World Weightlifting Championships in Kazan, Russia, where she beat her personal best, lifting 115 kg in the clean-and-jerk and 90 kg in the snatch. At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she finished fifth overall. One year later, at the Junior World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland, Kristel won two bronze medals, a feat that few Canadian women have achieved. Kristel has no plans to stop there: she trained ceaselessly to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, held in Rio, and hopes to take part in the 2020 Games. Mademoiselle C can certainly be proud of inspiring her!

Stephanie Horner Co-President of Honor

Stephanie started swimming at age 9 in a summer program and liked her coach so much that she joined the winter group with the Beaconsfield Bluefins. Horner had earned her first national medal, a bronze in the 400m IM, as a 15-year-old at the 2005 World Championships Trials.

After competing in the pool in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, Stephanie qualified for her third Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 in open water swimming. She had transitioned to the new discipline in 2014 and went on to finish 1st in the 10km marathon swimming world cup 2016 in Lac St-Jean. She was the first Canadian female swimmer to have ever won a world cup, and was the first Canadian ever to have qualified for both pool and open water events at the Olympic Games.

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