When the Breakfast Club approached Charles Hamelin to become spokesperson, the Olympic champion quickly said yes. In his eyes, it is simply unacceptable that young children go to school hungry.
This is not the first time that Hamelin has been involved with the Club. He had been one of the many signatories of the Childhood Manifesto in 2014. But this time, his commitment goes further: he visits students and teachers, as he did this Friday at the School Antoine-Brossard.
“It's super important, he hammered during an interview. One thing I didn't know until I got more deeply involved with the foundation is that one in three children go to school without eating in the morning. It kinda knocked me down. I didn't understand how it could happen.”
“It's essential from a physical, mental and motor point of view. It's essential for success in school.”
Recently retired from short track speed skating after six medals, including four gold, in five appearances at the Olympic Games, Hamelin is also the father of Violette, 2 and a half years old. She will become a big sister in January.
Of course, she's not going to school yet, but the former athlete just can't imagine seeing her start the day with an empty stomach. He is therefore very proud of the achievements of the Club which, thanks in particular to donations raised by Amazon Canada, provides breakfast to more than 500,000 children in more than 3,000 schools across the country.
“Breakfast is served every morning to all the students in the school,” Hamelin said. It ensures that everyone has a breakfast. This means that the school can help families, who don't have to worry about breakfasts.”
“It's essential for me”
Hamelin is not only involved in the good nutrition of children. He and his wife Geneviève Tardif are also spokespersons for the Cité de la Santé Foundation, where Violette was born.
Hamelin is also a shareholder in the company Nagano Skate, which produces equipment for skating, but which also offers camps to allow young people to move on the ice. He attended these camps this summer. “Giving back to skating is essential for me,” he explained.
The Lévisien has also given himself new challenges. He is a Formula 1 columnist every Monday morning following a Grand Prix on Jean-Charles Lajoie's morning show on 91.9 Sports, and he has just accepted the position of director of operations at Sodem, which places him in a new position.
“I have a 40 hour “job” per week like a normal person. I'm beginning to understand a little about the life of the majority of the population! I understand the issues, but it's a lot of learning. You learn on the job and I have a great team around me to help me.”
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128