Testimonials

 

Erica Wiebe, Wrestling

In 2017, Erica Wiebe, 2016 Olympic Champion in the sport or 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.” 

Victoria Nolan, Para-Rowing 

2016 Paralympic bronze medallist and 3-time Paralympian, rower Victoria Nolan was one of 20 recipients to earn the 2016 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN.

“As a mom, training for Rio has been very challenging on my husband and children as well as myself,” says Victoria. “I turned to sport to overcome my disability and be a strong role model for my children.  Without support like the Investors Group Amateur Athlete Fund, I would not be able to pursue sport at such a high level. My children are learning firsthand that anything is possible and that it is never too late to realize your dreams!”

Rachel Homan, Curling

In 2016, Olympian and skip of the top ranked team in the world in the Order of Merit, and top ranked team in Canada, curler Rachel Homan was one of 20 recipients to earn the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN.

"I am currently attending university for a degree in Education,” says Rachel. “The Investors Group Amateur Athlete Fund will help me complete my degree while continuing to train and compete to achieve my Olympic dream.”

 

Audrey Lacroix, Swimming

In 2015, 2-time Olympian & 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion swimmer Audrey Lacroix earns the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN.

“The Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary was an invaluable help to me in securing my qualification for the 2016 Games in Rio. This bursary allowed me to prepare for the Olympics without making compromises while maintaining focus on my training and performances”, says Audrey. “The life of a high performance athlete sometimes involves difficult choices but, thanks to Investors Group and AthletesCAN, I was able to make the best decisions pertaining to my performances without being restricted in my options by financial matters”, she adds. “It’s also noteworthy that this bursary is awarded in connection with an athlete’s social engagement and his/her desire to give back to the community, thus rewarding athletes who contribute to society and inspire people beyond their sport.”

Kyle Jones, Triathlon

In 2015, 2012 Olympic triathlete Kyle Jones receives the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN.

“Chasing a big goal like the Olympics comes with big challenges and the road to success is often long and arduous,” says Kyle. “As an athlete you have to commit to the process, work hard, and never stop believing. When organizations like Investors Group and AthletesCAN step up and share your vision and passion for achieving excellence and invest in you, anything is possible. I’ve been extremely fortunate to be a recipient of the Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund for the last two years leading up to the Rio 2016 Games and I can’t thank them enough for their generous contribution to my Olympic dream,” he adds. “There are very few programs out there that put significant dollars directly in the hands of athletes. My sincere thanks goes out to all those involved in making this fund possible.”

Karine Thomas, Artistic Swimming

In 2014, Olympic synchronized swimmer Karine Thomas was one of 20 recipients to earn the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN.

“There are few organizations working so tirelessly to assist Canadian athletes as Investors Group and AthletesCAN”, says the 2015 Pan American Games medal hopeful.  “Their generosity and commitment to amateur sport in Canada has made a tremendous difference in my life and the lives of many Canadian athletes.  As I prepare for this summer’s Pan American Games in Toronto, I cannot help but be thankful for their encouragement, and for their belief in my ability to one day achieve my dream of standing atop the Olympic podium”, adds Karine.  “Their support has allowed me to focus solely upon my objectives – training, recovery, and competing amongst the best in the world – and to do so without the financial worries that so many of Canada’s top athletes face on a daily basis.  As we compete in Toronto this summer on the road to Rio, I rest assured knowing that organizations such as Investors Group and AthletesCAN will be there to support us every step of the way.”

Meagan Duahamel, Figure Skating

In 2013, Olympic Pairs figure skater Meagan Duhamel was one of 20 recipients to earn the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN.

“Investors Group and AthletesCAN have been so important in my career as a world-class figure skater”, says Meagan. “To be a successful athlete it takes dedication, hard work, determination and financial assistance! The Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund eased a big financial burden as I was preparing for the 2014 Sochi Olympics where we brought home a silver medal”, she adds. “Athletes in Canada are in need of direct financial assistance and Investors Group is doing an amazing job helping so many of us each year. Thank you very much, I am truly grateful to be part of your team!”

Annamay Pierse, Swimming 

“Becoming a world class athlete takes incredible determination, focus and hard work,” says Annamay Pierse, Olympic swimmer and world record holder. “The hours required to train, and subsequently recover your body do not leave time for much else, especially not a job,” she adds. “Having supporters like IG Wealth Management and AthletesCAN, who provide direct support to Canadian athletes is truly incredible. Taking away the financial burden so many athletes face and allowing them to ‘get their job done’ is what is raising Canada’s athletes to higher successes. The IG Wealth Management Amateur Athletes Fund allowed me to do everything possible on my Olympic journey. For that I am truly grateful.”

 

Andréanne Morin, Rowing

"I am immensely grateful for the 2011 IG Wealth Management Amateur Athletes Fund bursary I received through AthletesCAN, says Andréanne Morin, Olympic rower. “The decision to put my studies and part-time jobs aside in 2010 to return to the national rowing team was an easy one given how passionate I still was about my sport; however, it was harder to envision my lifestyle as a mature athlete training full time,” she adds. “Thanks to the IG Fund, I was able to relieve some financial stress, create a positive living environment for myself and stay focused on my goals for the upcoming London 2012 Games. As a silver medalist at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships, I am leaving no stone unturned and am paying close attention to the details that can make a difference and get the Canadian Women's 8 team ahead of our competitors. Thank you to the IG Fund for supporting me and I hope to make all Canadians proud this summer in London 2012!"

Jon Montgomery, Skeleton

In 2009 Skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery was one of 20 recipients to earn the IG Wealth Management Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN. In the lead up to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler he had taken a step back from his career aspirations to focus on training full-time without a job.

“Very few programs exist that put dollars directly in the pockets of athletes and help with the monthly overhead of life”, says Jon. “Easing the financial burden of personal expenses creates a ripple effect through an athlete’s life that has a far reaching impact and when you win a gold medal by 7 hundredths of a second, as I did in Whistler, you can never really account for where that difference came from. Perhaps IG Wealth Management's generosity and desire to make an impact on the Canadian amateur sport landscape was the difference in my, Canada's 100th Olympic Gold Medal, performance. I'm truly grateful.”

Anna Rice, Badminton 

Reigning National Champion, highest ranked singles player in North America, as well as the fifth highest ranked Commonwealth woman in the World, badminton athlete Anna Rice was well on her way to securing her spot at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. 

“I feel very privileged to have been awarded this bursary on two occasions [2008 and 2009]; it has had a huge impact on helping me to be able to pursue my sporting goals. But what I really admire about this award is that it isn’t only for athletes winning Gold medals around the world, it’s also for athletes from the smaller sports who are silently making a difference in their communities, which I believe is equally as important for sport in our country as winning Gold medals.”

 

Carol Huyhn, Wrestling

After missing out on the 2004 Olympic Games, wrestler Carol Huynh was determined to compete for Team Canada in Beijing.  In 2006, she moved from Vancouver to Calgary, leaving behind her friends and family, and putting her academic career on hold to enable her to focus solely on her training and pursue her Olympic Dreams to the fulles

“With the help and support of AthletesCAN and IG Wealth Management I was able to reach my Olympic aspirations and my family was able to share in my success at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games," said Huynh.  "My Father, who was born in China, along with my family, was able to fly to Beijing to cheer me on from the stands as I won a gold medal for Canada. It was a dream come true which was made even more special as a major part of my support system including my husband, my parents, and my siblings got to be a part of this amazing experience.  I will never forget having my family there while I stood on the podium at the Olympic Games."

Jason Dunkerley, Para-Athletics

In 2005, visually impaired runner Jason Dunkerley's career almost ended when he was hit by a car. With the help of an IG Wealth Management Bursary in 2006, Jason was able to focus on getting healthy and in 2007 won two Parapan Am Games gold medals. This is how the bursary helped him:

As a middle distance track athlete who is visually impaired, I must rely on guiding assistance from other runners in order to do the hard training needed to be competitive. Although I am extremely fortunate to have a committed group of training partners here in Ottawa with our track club, my main guide runner - with whom I have been partnered since 1998 - lives in Toronto.

Early in 2006, I was coming back after being hit by a car while on a training run with a friend, sustaining a fractured skull and a broken right leg. I was fortunately able to put a lot of focus on rehabbing my leg through physio and massage treatment while working a part time job. Coupled with some careful coaching, I slowly built up the quality and quantity of the running I could handle.

Being named as an IG Wealth Management recipient made it possible for me to focus not only on rehabilitation after our accident while working just two days a week, but it allowed me to travel frequently to Toronto to train with my main guide. I was very fortunate to respond well to the mix of treatment and training. In July 2006, my guide and I qualified to represent Canada in the 800m and 1500m events for blind athletes at the IPC World Championships, held later that summer in Assen, the Netherlands. At the championships, we captured gold in both events. I believe we were fortunate in that the tactics in both races played into our hands, given that I was not in peak shape after having missed so much training earlier in the year. However, our success affirmed in my mind the fact that I was no longer in rehabilitation mode, and that I was truly back.

I feel a deep sense of appreciation towards IG Wealth Management and to AthletesCAN for recognizing the efforts of so many athletes, and for providing support when it is truly needed. The assistance provided to me through the program was instrumental in enabling me to recover from injury and to get back on my running feet. Following our success at the IPC World Championships, my guide and I had our best ever season last year, establishing two new Canadian and Parapan American records in the 800m and 1500m blind events, and coming away with gold in both races at the Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro last August.

Jason Parker, Speed Skating 

Speed Skater Jason Parker received a IG Wealth Management Bursary in 2005 and in 2006 won an Olympic silver medal in Turino. This is how the bursary helped him achieve his dream:

Two weeks before receiving the IG Wealth Management bursary, I found out that my government funding had been cut. I was expecting a cheque any day for $4,500 and was instead notified via email that it wasn’t coming!

It was an Olympic year and I was extremely stressed trying to figure out how pay my mortgage and put food on the table and continue training at the level I needed to…and then I received the IG Wealth Management Bursary!  It was an absolute lifesaver!  If it wasn't for them, I would have had to work much more to pay the bills and would have not been able to concentrate on training.  Now I have an Olympic Silver Medal and have achieved my lifelong dream!

After dedicating 20 years of my life to my sport, including 12 as a member of the national team, it is so nice to know that companies like IG Wealth Management care about athletes.  Thank you IG Wealth Management for helping me when I needed it most!