Canmore (AB), October 14, 2020 – The selection committee for the Schmadtke Biathlon Excellence Award is pleased to announce that Frédérique Pérusse from Lévis, Quebec is the recipient for this year’s $1,000 bursary to support her athletic and educational journey.

Frédérique has been competing in biathlon since the age of nine and is now a member of the national U20 training group.

“I’m touched and honoured to be receiving this award,” told Pérusse. “School, community work, and athletics have always been important aspects in my life, and I continue to be dedicated to promoting the value of being a well-rounded student-athlete-citizen.”

In addition to her athletic pursuits, Pérusse is a full-time student in second year of Cégep, which is the transition institution between high school and university in Quebec. She is studying science and hopes to attend medical school in 2022.

Among her many athletic achievements, Frédérique won the 2019 North American Summer Biathlon Championship (Valcartier, Qc), the 2019 American Summer Biathlon Championship (Jericho, VT), silver at the 2019 Canada Games (Red Deer, AB) in the Women’s relay, as well as earning nine medals at the Canadian Biathlon Championships between 2016 to 2018. She has also been selected to represent Canada at the 2021 FISU Games.

Her community involvement includes volunteering at her local Wellness Center to help with the temporary Covid-19 relief measures. The Wellness Center, part Jeffree Hale Hospital and its senior residences, offers services in English to the anglophone community of Québec city.

Pérusse plans to use the funds to cover for part of the fees for the FISU 2021 Games if they are held. Otherwise, the bursary will be applied towards her tuition fees.

This is the second year the bursary is presented. Last year’s winner was Shilo Rousseau.

This year, the committee received a total of 14 applications

Applications for the 2021-2022 bursary will open in the fall of 2021.

To learn more about the award, click here.