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AthletesCAN – OTTAWA (July 31st, 2018) – AthletesCAN and Investors Group are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary.

In keeping with their commitment to amateur sport in Canada, Investors Group established a bursary fund for Canada’s top high performance athletes. A national leader in delivering personalized financial solutions to Canadians, Investors Group annually awards twenty $5,000 bursaries to assist Canada’s elite amateur athletes with the costs of training and competition. Selection criteria includes: athletic achievement, financial need and community involvement.

Since its inception in 2000, the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund has provided $1.9 million to Canadian athletes.  AthletesCAN administers the bursary on behalf of Investors Group.

“Investors Group is proud to support our nation’s elite athletes with these bursaries,” says Trevor Krahn, Director, Sponsorship and Community Engagement for Investors Group. “Athletes at this level are often living on a tight budget and juggling the demands of work and school with training and competition. We are pleased to be able to give some financial piece of mind to these committed individuals so they can better focus their efforts on their sport.”

“AthletesCAN is proud to partner with Investors Group, one of Canada’s leading corporate contributors of direct funding to our country’s top high performance athletes,” says Ashley LaBrie, Executive Director, AthletesCAN. “For the last 19 years, the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund has recognized the athletic accomplishments, financial need and community involvement of Canadian athletes. These bursaries continue to provide athletes with the financial confidence to focus on their pursuit of excellence as athletes, and as people.  On behalf of Canadian athletes, AthletesCAN applauds Investors Group for their continued leadership and support where it is needed most.” 

In 2017, Erica Wiebe, 2016 Olympic Champion in the sport of wrestling, was a recipient of the $5000 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary through AthletesCAN.

“Winning the Olympic Games in 2016 was the culmination of years of fine-tuning every facet of performance and the result of fearlessly putting it on the line each and every single day,” says Erica.  “I was humbled by that performance but I wanted to continue to push my own limits. With the generous support of Investors Group, I am able to confidently continue that pursuit of excellence with the financial realities of amateur sport eased. I am especially grateful for their support over this past year as I defended my gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and am now in the pursuit of doing it once more in Tokyo in 2020.”

Congratulations to this year’s recipients who will continue to leave their mark on the Canadian sport landscape and inspire the next generation of champions across the country.

The 2018 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary recipients are:

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, Québec) – Speed Skating

Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Manitoba) – Hockey

Laura Brown (Vancouver, British Columbia) – Cycling

Jaimee Bull (North Bay, Ontario) – Waterski

Jane Channell (North Vancouver, British Columbia) – Skeleton

Monika Eggens (Pitt Meadows, British Columbia) – Water Polo

Annie Guglia (Montréal, Québec) – Street Skateboard

Tyler Henschel (Sherwood Park, Alberta) – Diving

Philippe Marquis (Québec City, Québec) – Freestyle Skiing

Brittany Kassil (Guelph, Ontario) – Rugby

Benjamin Kendrick (Ottawa, Ontario) – Judo

Andréanne Langlois (Trois-Rivières, Québec) – Canoe/Kayak Sprint

Simon Langlois Gauthier (Gatineau, Québec) – Para Karate

Emma Lunder (Canmore, Alberta) – Biathlon

Heather McLean (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – Speed Skating

Jackson Payne (Calgary, Alberta) – Artistic Gymnastics

Jacqueline Simoneau (Saint-Laurent, Québec) – Artistic Swimming

Christy Spurrell (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) – Sport Climbing

Michael Tayler (Ottawa, Ontario) – Canoe/Kayak Slalom

Toshihide Uchiage (Richmond, British Columbia) – Karate

A special thanks to our selection committee members Greg Edgelow (Wrestling), Andrew Haley (Swimming), Mercedes Nicoll (Snowboard), and Bo Hedges (Wheelchair Basketball).

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About Investors Group

Founded in 1926, Investors Group is a national leader in delivering personalized financial solutions to Canadians through a network of Consultants located across Canada. In addition to an exclusive family of mutual funds and other investment vehicles, Investors Group offers a wide range of insurance, securities, mortgage and other financial services. Investors Group has $88 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2018 and is a member of the IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM) group of companies. IGM Financial is one of Canada’s premier financial services companies with over $159 billion in total assets under management as of June 30, 2018.

About AthletesCAN
AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world. As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.

For more information, please contact:

Ashley LaBrie
Executive Director
(613) 601-3413
Toll Free: 1-888-832-4222