When it comes to combining both sport and academic achievement it is hard to top Simon and Hélène Bibeau, siblings who attend Montreal’s McGill University.
Simon Bibeau, 22, is the starting point guard for McGill’s men’s outfit, the two-time Quebec conference champion who will lead the sixth-ranked Redmen into the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s basketball championship, beginning Friday in Ottawa.
Hélène Bibeau, 25, is a fifth-year starting forward on the McGill’s women’s team, the Martlets, who just won their third straight Quebec conference title.
The eighth-ranked Martlets will also be heading to the CIS national women’s final, which begins March 14 at the University of Windsor.
Off the court, the brother and sister act from St. Bruno, Que., are also excellent scholars and are recognized as CIS Academic All-Canadians – student athletes who are able to maintain an academic standing of 80 per cent or better.
“We’ve both been lucky that we have been able to focus on academics at one of the best schools in North America,” Helene said. “And now both the women’s and men’s teams are the top university teams in Quebec. That’s the best of both worlds.”
Helene has earned her degree in elementary education and is now taking a masters in educational psychology.
Simon is studying investment management and recently landed a paid summer-internship position in New York on Wall Street, working at Goldman Sachs, the prestigious investment management firm.
Last month, Bibeau was chosen from a group of Quebec students to shadow a leading business executive for a day and he was paired with Yannis Mallat, the chief executive officer of Ubisoft Montreal.
Ubisoft is the Canadian subsidiary of the French video game developer known for such franchise games as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry.
“I had to sign a NDA [non-disclosure agreement] so that I would not disclose any sensitive information,” said Simon, who was allowed to sit in with Mallat during an executive meeting as well as take a turn playing a new video game that is still in the development stages.
“He’s an exceptional young man, and not just on the basketball court,” said David DeAveiro, the coach of McGill’s men’s team. “He’s pretty focused, knows what he wants in life and how he’s going to get there. He’s taken the bull by the horn and he’s going to be successful in whatever he does.”