Tragedy struck the lives of Canadian diver Meaghan Benfeito and her associate, soccer participant Alexandre Dupuis, because the apartment they shared collectively in Mirabel, Que., burned to the bottom after a fireplace broke out of their constructing on Thursday evening.
The 31-year-old Montreal native was dwelling alone when the blaze began, however she was capable of rapidly escape to security. Sadly, her belongings and prized possessions had been unable to be saved, together with her three Olympic medals and two Pan Am Video games medals.
“She simply had time to depart with a coat on and her scarf,” mentioned Marie-Annick L’Allier, who serves as Benfeito’s public consultant.
Even her automobile, parked within the underground storage, was misplaced within the hearth. L’Allier mentioned the fireplace began when a barbecue propane tank exploded on the balcony of a close-by unit. Benfeito was amongst these who known as 911.
Though she is understandably heartbroken and in shock, Benfeito’s expertise as a high-level athlete has helped present a lot wanted solace throughout this troublesome time.
She has been capable of depend on the psychological power she developed via her years of intense coaching and competitors with a purpose to make it via the tragedy.
“She’s an Olympic athlete, and you know the way they react. They’re good in adversity,” L’Allier mentioned.
“She was fairly robust immediately, a fairly robust lady.”
Above all else, L’Allier mentioned Benfeito is simply completely satisfied that she and Dupuis are secure.
There was some excellent news concerning her invaluable medals, as each Diving Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee are within the technique of discovering an answer so Benfeito can obtain alternative medals.
“Diving Canada and the Canadian Olympic committee had been fairly quick on making an attempt to get replicas of these medals,” L’Allier mentioned. “[Benfeito] does not know if it is coming from the organizing committee who has leftover medals that may very well be given to Meaghan, or if it is the IOC, who has the molds the medals are primarily based on.
Former diving teammate Mélanie Rinaldi additionally arrange a GoFundMe web page for Benfeito and Dupuis with the intention of getting the couple again on their ft. As of Friday evening, a complete of $13,282 had been raised in an effort to achieve the goal purpose of $100K.
Dupuis, a fullback for the CFL’s Edmonton Soccer Staff, took to Instagram on Friday evening to specific gratitude on behalf of he and Benfeito.
“I want I might discover the phrases to let you know how grateful I’m for all of the love and help you guys despatched me and @megbenfeito!”
L’Allier mentioned that Benfeito is presently in good arms and being taken care of by household.
L’Allier says Benfeito, like different Canadian Olympic hopefuls, has additionally been coping with the uncertainty surrounding the Tokyo Video games.
Benfeito has said that her purpose is to win gold within the 10m synchro and 10m particular person occasions on the 2020 Video games. She and her diving associate, Caeli McKay, secured two spots for Canada in Tokyo within the ladies’s 10m platform occasion after the pair certified for the ultimate on the world aquatics championships in 2019.
Benfeito claimed bronze within the 10m synchronized dive on the Summer time Video games in 2012 and 2016 alongside Roseline Filion. She additionally gained bronze within the 10m particular person occasion on the 2016 Olympics.
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