Generous television by Jean-Marie Lapointe

Jean-Marie Lapointe isn’t just generous to the camera. Altruism has always flowed in his veins.

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Richard Therrien

Richard Therrien
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Immediately after our conversation, he served the meal at the Maison du Père in Montreal, as he does every Wednesday. Two days later, he will do so in the Bon Accueil mission, another valuable resource for the less fortunate.

“I need my volunteer work. A bit like a pianist who has to do his scales and arpeggios. There’s nothing quite like volunteering to bring you back down to earth,” he tells me.

Victorious at two, his new series, which has been broadcast on Moi et Cie since Monday at 9 p.m., remains true to his deep nature. Each week we turn the spotlight on a disabled athlete’s immediate environment, those essential companions who are the latter’s eyes, arms and support.

“In the vignettes that we often see of Olympic or Paralympic athletes, the portrait focuses solely on the athlete. With us it’s exactly the opposite: you have to see the athlete and bond with him, but we also want to show the human qualities of the volunteers and supporters,” explains Jean-Marie Lapointe, who wanted to know her motivations.

We can consider the relationship between the paraathlete and the companion as a situation of dependency; If you look at the series, you see more of a symbiosis between beings who trust each other completely and bring a lot to each other.

This is evident in Monday’s episode, which is about Maximilien Moreau, the tandem bicycle pilot who, like in the Simon Boulérice series, works alongside Benoit Lalumière Cloutier, a blind man whose visual acuity is limited to six degrees. You will see them compete in an exciting race in which they have to make 180 degree turns. Because the series also relies heavily on performance and overtaking manoeuvres.

Directed and written by Pierre-Antoine Fournier, this six half-hour series is highly motivating. Victorious at two is a continuation of Jean-Marie Lapointe’s two-decade commitment as spokesman for the Défi sportif AlterGo, which brings together athletes with functional disabilities every year.


Paralympic athlete Mathieu St-Pierre with Jean-Marie Lapointe

Most episodes end in the apotheosis of a major competition, like the first one, offered for free on TVA+, where the camera was focused on paracanoe athlete Mathieu St-Pierre’s wife, Julianne Morin-Nolet, watching her boyfriend attend the Tokyo Games.

A “transmission belt”

in the added valueIn a series of interviews conducted by Véronique Cloutier with people representing different values, offered from June 15 on the Vé section of ICI Extra, Jean-Marie Lapointe admits that half of the Messages he receives are requests for help and he takes the time to reply to everyone.

“When a mother writes to you that she has lost sight of her son lying on the street and is wondering if he is still alive, and then we learn that her son was found drowned under the Jacques Cartier bridge , how can you not answer this? Yes, it takes time, but it’s never hard for me.

“I have so many resources around me that I’m sure I have a possible solution. I don’t carry the solution to his problem on my back, I don’t play the hero, I’m just a transmission belt. »

News from Jean Lapointe

I couldn’t speak to Jean-Marie Lapointe without asking him about his father, Jean Lapointe, whom the public was happy to see again over the holidays in an interview with Patrice Roy.

“My dad lights the Kodak, he’s a showman! Jean Marie tells me.

“It’s a miracle what happened to him. Two years ago he came to CHUM in such a miserable condition. With the CHSLD Saint-Georges they brought it back, they fixed it. Dad has circulatory and articulation disorders, a few small episodes of dementia, but despite everything he lives in the now. He was always very anxious and today I feel like he’s a lot less anxious.

“He is strong, my father. When he’s there, he’s all there. We enjoy every moment with him because what tells me he’ll be there next week? He hasn’t received an end-of-life diagnosis, but I won’t take the risk. »

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