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Generous TV by Jean-Marie Lapointe

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

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Richard Therrien

Richard Therrien
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Immediately after our conversation, he went to serve the meal at the Maison du Père in Montreal, as he does every Wednesday. Two days later, he’s at Mission Bon Accueil, another valuable resource for the less fortunate, who will.

“My volunteer commitment, I need it. A bit like a pianist who needs to do his own scales and arpeggios. There’s nothing like volunteering to get you back down to earth, ”he tells me.

Victorious at two, his new series airing on Moi et Cie from Monday at 9pm, is true to its deep nature. Every week we turn the spotlight on the immediate entourage of a disabled athlete, these essential companions who are the eyes, arms, support of the latter.

“In the cartoons we often see of Olympic or Paralympic athletes, the portrait focuses exclusively on the athlete. For us it is exactly the opposite: you have to see the athlete and become attached to him, but we also want to show the human qualities of the volunteers and teammates “, explains Jean-Marie Lapointe, who wanted to know their motivations.

We can consider the relationship between the para-athlete and the companion as a situation of dependence; looking at the series, we rather see a symbiosis between beings who completely trust each other and bring a lot to each other.

This is evident in Monday’s episode, centered on Maximilien Moreau, a tandem bicycle rider, who is paired with Benoit Lalumière Cloutier, a blind man whose acuity is limited to six degrees, as in Simon Boulérice’s series. You will see them compete in an exciting race where they have to make 180 degree turns. Because the series also relies heavily on performance and overtaking.

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


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Paralympic athlete Mathieu St-Pierre with Jean-Marie Lapointe

Most of the episodes end in the apotheosis of a great competition, such as the first, offered for free on TVA +, where the camera was aimed at the wife of the para-basketball athlete Mathieu St-Pierre, Julianne Morin-Nolet, who was watching the her boyfriend participate in the Tokyo Games.

A “transmission belt”

In Value addeda series of interviews conducted by Véronique Cloutier with personalities who embody different values, proposed from June 15 in the Véro.tv section of Extra by ICI Tou.tv, Jean-Marie Lapointe is confident that half of the messages he receives are requests for help and he takes the time to respond to each.

“When a mother writes to tell you that she no longer sees her son who is on the street and wonders 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? it takes time, but it’s never heavy for me.

“I have so many resources around me that I’m sure I have a possible solution. I do not carry the resolution of his problem on my shoulders, I am not a hero, I am just a transmission belt. ”

News from Jean Lapointe

I couldn’t talk to Jean-Marie Lapointe without asking him about his father, Jean Lapointe, whom the public gladly reviewed in an interview with Patrice Roy during the holidays.

“My father lights up with the kodak, he’s a showman! Jean-Marie tells me.

“It’s miraculous what happened to him. Two years ago, he entered the CHUM in such a deplorable state. With the CHSLD Saint-Georges they brought him back, they fixed him. Dad has circulatory and joint problems, a few small episodes. of dementia, but despite everything he lives in the present moment.He has always been very anxious and today I feel that he is much less anxious.

“He is strong, my father. When he’s there, it’s all there. We enjoy every moment with him because what does he tell me he will be there next week? He hasn’t received an end of life diagnosis, but I don’t want to take the risk. ”

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