At only 16 years old, Jade Bordeleau is one of Quebec’s best hopes for girls in soccer. She therefore does not regret having preferred the round ball to the puck, even if the family environment could have dictated the opposite.
“I didn’t want to play hockey,” said the daughter of Sébastien Bordeleau, a former Montreal Canadiens player whose brother Thomas was drafted in the second round by the San Jose Sharks in 2020.
Like what her choice was not bad, Jade recently participated in an identification camp in Mexico with the Canadian U17 team.
“There, the coaches looked at the talent of the players, but they said they had invited those who work first and foremost,” notes the young Bordeleau.
This is where a parallel can be drawn between her and her father Sébastien, who was rightly recognized as a player with a heart in his stomach when defending the colors of CH between 1996 and 1998.
“Younger, I wasn’t the best technically. I was running everywhere and I was rushing in everyone, says the athlete from Terrebonne, laughing. My father told me to continue working and that one day it would pay off. “
If he knows more about hockey, Sébastien surprised himself to get involved in the world of soccer, having even been assistant coach for his daughter’s club a few years ago.
“We’re talking about two different sports, but there are similarities in the way you use your body and protect the puck or the ball,” he says, who now occupies a coaching position related to the development of the teams. players in the Nashville Predators organization. There is a technical aspect and an individual mental aspect to develop, regardless of the sport. As a coach, you have to know how to be demanding, but without losing sight of the importance of having fun. ”
“To my daughter, I always told her ‘get high and what will happen will happen,’” adds Sébastien, with pride in his voice.
Dreaming about the Olympics
Obviously, Jade Bordeleau still has a lot of work ahead of her in order to achieve her greatest goals, but the determination does indeed seem to be there.
“The Olympics are probably the biggest dream I could aspire to,” says the one who is also the granddaughter of Paulin Bordeleau. To get there, however, I will have to carve out a place for myself on the national team. “
The young girl admits to having been inspired by the gold medal obtained by the Canadian soccer team at the end of the women’s tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Of course I watched this final,” she agreed. Every female soccer player in Canada has watched it. ”
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Soccer player Jade Bordeleau received an individual scholarship of $ 1,500 last month from the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. A total of 40 student-athletes were then awarded for a total amount of $ 106,000.
“I’m so grateful to my parents and everything they’ve given me and I’m never sure how to put it back to them,” said the 16-year-old. With this grant, it allows me to be more independent in the purchase of my equipment. ”
Her father Sébastien, a former National Hockey League player, was obviously a valuable asset in his daughter’s athletic development, but he was the first to recognize the contribution of her mother, Chantal Dubois.
“My wife is a gynecologist and doctors have to make a lot of sacrifices during their studies,” Sébastien said. She too works very hard in her field. ”
Beyond her athletic achievements, the scholarship obtained by Jade Bilodeau underscored her academic excellence. Currently a fifth year secondary student in the sports-studies program at École Saint-Gabriel in Sainte-Thérèse, she had maintained, in the last year, an overall average of 88%.
If a scholarship to play soccer is possible at an American university, the young girl might as well one day study biology, chemistry or … medicine.