AthletesCAN and Investors Group announce 2014 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary recipients

OTTAWA (May 9, 2014) – AthletesCAN and Investors Group are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 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.

2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund, in partnership with AthletesCAN.  Since its inception in 2000, the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund has provided more than $1,400,000 to Canadian athletes.  AthletesCAN administers the bursary on behalf of Investors Group.

“Investors Group considers it an honour to help support our nation’s elite athletes with these bursaries,” says Richard Irish, Vice-President, Community Affairs and Marketing Support for Investors Group. “Athletes at this level are constantly juggling the demands of work and school with training and competition. For 15 years now, we have been pleased to provide Canada’s athletes with bursaries totaling over $1 million to make those demands easier to manage.”

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!”

AthletesCAN Executive Director, Jasmine Northcott adds: “As a champion of leadership on and off the field of play, Investors Group has celebrated the athletic accomplishments, financial need and community involvement of Canada’s best athletes through the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund for 15 years.  AthletesCAN is proud to partner with Investors Group and thank them on behalf of Canadian athletes for their continued leadership and support.”

The 2014 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary recipients are: Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, ON) – Hockey
Stacie Anaka (Victoria, BC) – Wrestling
Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) – Canoe Kayak
Philippe Beaudry (Montreal, QC) – Fencing
Mandy Bujold (Kitchener, ON) – Boxing
Andrea Burk (North Vancouver, BC) – Rugby
Emily Cameron (Summerside, PEI) – Rowing
Breanne Dodd (Surrey, BC) – Water Ski
Joanna Guy (Toronto, ON) – Fencing
Garett Hickling (Kelowna, BC / London, ON) – Wheelchair Rugby
Kyle Jones (Oakville, ON / Milton, ON) – Triathlon
Pamela LeJean (Cape Breton, NS) – Wheelchair Athletics
John Leslie (Arnprior, ON) – Para Snowboard Cross
Jaye Milley (Calgary, AB) – Para Cycling
Dylan Moscovitch (Toronto, ON / Waterloo, ON) – Figure Skating
Toby Ng (Vancouver, BC) – Badminton
Mercedes Nicoll (Whistler, BC) – Freestyle Snowboarding
Catherine Roberge (Quebec, QC) – Judo
Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) – Speed skating
Karine Thomas (Montreal, QC) – Synchronized Swimming

A special thanks to our selection committee members Greg Edgelow (Wrestling), Andrew Haley (Swimming), Michelle Kelly (Skeleton), Dasha Peregoudova (Taekwondo) and Suzanne Weckend (Triathlon).

Look for a congratulatory ad in the May 10, 2014 News section of the Globe and Mail. G&M_Ad_2014_IG_Recipients Colour

About Investors Group Investors Group, founded in 1926, is a national leader in delivering personalized financial solutions to Canadians through a network of over 4,500 Consultants located throughout 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.

About AthletesCAN 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 Director, Operations AthletesCAN (613) 526-4025 x224 [email protected]

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