(Montréal, January 20, 2009) – Saputo Inc. announces today its sponsorship of four athletes who passionately commit themselves to their chosen sport in the hopes of achieving excellence and participating in the Olympic Games. They include Dasha Gaïazova, in cross-country skiing, as well as Maxime, Chloé and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, in freestyle skiing and moguls. Saputo will sponsor these athletes by offering them financial support through January 2011. They will share a total amount of $90,000 over a 2-year period.
Saputo has chosen to sponsor theses athletes to contribute to their development. Our motivation to sign these promising young skiers stems from the importance we hold towards sports and physical activity, which are not only means to a healthier society, but also a way for individuals to discover their own personality and develop their skills
Saputo already has several commitments in the field of sports. We are the Official Supplier of packaged dairy products for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as well as for the Canadian Olympic Teams for both these Games and the 2012 London Games. We also collaborate with organizations dedicated to promoting soccer or supporting athletes competing in various disciplines.
The Saputo Athletes
Aged 25, Dasha Gaïazova has been skiing for several years and joined the World Cup circuit in 2006. At the World Cup in Whistler held last January 16 to 18, Dasha finished 20th in the pursuit and 30th in the classic sprint. She also won the gold medal in freestyle sprint, and ranked 3rd in the classic sprint and 7th in the 15km classic at the NorAm Cup in Canmore, Alberta in Demceber 2008. Throughout the last season, Dasha ranked among the top ten in numerous races held during European Cup and NorAm Cup events.
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe is 19 years-old. Member of the Québec Freestyle Ski Team for the past two years, she garnered, among others, the 2005 Junior Canadian Championship title (juvenile class). She joined the Canadian Freestyle Ski Development Team in May 2006. Since then, she has added several honours to the list, including two 6th place rankings in the World Cup event and two silver medals on the Nor-Am circuit in 2008. Maxime is ranked 19th by the International Ski Federation for 2008.
After winning several gold medals on the provincial circuit, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, aged 17, joined the Québec Freestyle Ski Team in May 2005, then the Canadian Development Team in April 2007. At the end of the last season, she was awarded the 2008 Crystal Globe for Female Rookie of the Year on the World Cup circuit by the International Ski Federation, and named Canada Post Rookie of the Year by the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. She has also joined the ranks of the Canadian World Cup Team. In 2008, Chloé was ranked 13th by the International Ski Federation.
Aged 14, Justine Dufour-Lapointe is the youngest of the family’s three freestyle skiing daughters. She has her sights squarely set on the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and her long-term objectives include participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sotchi, Russia. During the past year, she was declared the 2008 Junior Nationals champion (junior class) after winning the gold medal in both single and dual moguls. She also achieved impressive results on the Canadian Series circuit, earning the gold medal in dual moguls at Val St-Côme and the silver in single moguls at Beaver Valley.
Together, over the years, we have aspired to grow, exploring new opportunities while staying true to our culture. Our progress is owed to the continued dedication of our 9,500 employees, who, across 5 countries, team up everyday to go further. They craft, market and distribute a wide range of high-quality products, including cheese, fluid milk, yogurt, dairy ingredients and snack-cakes. Saputo is the world’s 15th largest dairy producer, the largest in Canada, the third largest in Argentina, among the top three cheese producers in the United States and the largest snack-cake manufacturer in Canada. Consumers and customers in over 40 countries appreciate our products distributed under our well-known brands such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, Baxter, Dairyland, Danscorella, De Lucia, Dragone, DuVillage 1860, Frigo, Kingsey, La Paulina, Nutrilait, Ricrem, Stella, Treasure Cave, HOP&GO!, Rondeau and Vachon. Saputo Inc. is a public company whose shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SAP.
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Senior Advisor, Communications