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Question Period: Maxime Dufault

Saturday August 1, 2015
Dufault on the football field.

Maxime concluded his successful Gee-Gees Football career in 2002. He was part of the 2000 Vanier Cup winning team. He went on to play for a professional football team in Germany and he recently took part in a Cross-Fit competition. This new passion led him to open his own fitness center, called DEKA CROSSFIT, in Blainville.

What is your best memory of your time spent with the Gee-Gees?

My best memory with the Gee-Gees has to be the 2000 Vanier Cup final. The mood in the locker room was simply amazing and the feeling of accomplishment was at its maximum.

What did you go on to do after graduation?

After my studies, I worked in the business-to-business sales for a year. After that, I started working in a more specialized field: the medical field, in orthopedics to be specific. I worked in New Brunswick as an associate for four years. I’ve been working in Quebec as an independent worker in the medical field since 2009.

My two former teammates, Frédéric Dancose and Jocelyn Frenette, and I partnered up to open a Crossfit center in Blainville… we try to stay fit!

Who or what inspires you the most?

My former teammate, Michel Dupuis, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was on the team. Regardless of the diagnosis, he came back to play and helped the team win the Vanier Cup. To me, that is a true example of courage.

What are you most proud of?

I am very proud of my kids, Thomas, Laurie and Collin… they’re also one of my biggest challenge.

How did interuniversity sports affect your life both during your studies and afterwards?

The whole reason I stayed in school was because I did sports. It gave me tools and work ethics that are very useful in my work career.  What sport teaches is far beyond the physical training: it forges our attitude and personality for the future.

What piece of advice would you give to Gee-Gees about life after graduation?

It’s important to always believe in yourself and to trust yourself. There will be challenges but you need to get up and move forward.