AthletesCAN and Investors Group announce 2013 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary recipients

June 27, 2013

OTTAWA (June 27, 2013) – AthletesCAN and Investors Group are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 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 more than $1,300,000 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 13 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 2012, Olympic rower Darcy Marquardt was one of 20 recipients to earn the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN.

"I was thrilled to receive the Team Investors Group bursary in 2012 because it came at a time when I truly needed it: the final stretch into the London Summer Olympic Games," says rower Darcy Marquardt, 2012 Olympic silver medalist. "Not only did I require 2.5 years of training consisting of 3 workouts per day, 6 days a week, but I needed the right fuel to perform on a daily basis, sleep and recover in a decent home and good bed. Because I knew these were my last Games and I had resigned from my job in 2010 to really focus on the task at hand, the financial strain was heightened," she adds. "The bursary alleviated that additional stress, so I could do my job on the water: making our Canadian boat go as fast as possible. Thanks in part to Investors Group; we came home with a silver medal!"

AthletesCAN Executive Director, Jasmine Northcott adds: "The athletes recognized through the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund are champions on the field of play and leaders within their communities. AthletesCAN is proud to partner with Investors Group each year to recognize Canada's top athletes and thanks Investors Group for their continued leadership and support."

The 2013 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary recipients are:

  • Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, ON) – Hockey
  • Breanne Dodd (Surrey, BC) – Water Ski
  • Alexandra Duckworth (Kingsburg, NS) – Halfpipe Snowboarding
  • Meagan Duhamel (Lively, ON) – Figure Skating
  • David Eng (Montreal, QC) – Wheelchair Basketball
  • Christine Girard (White Rock, BC) – Weightlifting
  • Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) – Kayak Slalom
  • Constantine Kudaba (Port Coquitlam, BC) – Water Polo
  • Karina LeBlanc (Maple Ridge, BC) - Soccer
  • Jessica Mair (Edmonton, AB) – Curling
  • Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK) – Speed Skating
  • Jenna Martin (Bridgewater, NS) – Athletics
  • Paul Poirier (Unionville, ON) – Figure Skating
  • Anjelika Reznik (Vaughan, ON) – Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) – Speed Skating
  • Cody Sorensen (Ottawa, ON) – Bobsleigh
  • Karine Thomas (Gatineau, QC) – Synchronized Swimming
  • Donna Vakalis (Toronto, ON) – Modern Pentathlon
  • Josh Vander Vies (Sarnia, ON) – Boccia
  • Dory Yeats (Montreal, QC) – Wrestling

A special thanks to our selection committee members Ryan Dodd (Water Ski), Greg Edgelow (Wrestling), Andrew Haley (Swimming), Christine Selinger (Canoe), and Paul Tingley (Sailing).

Look for a congratulatory ad in the June 29, 2013 News section of the Globe and Mail.

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, Athlete Relations & Strategic Partnerships
(613) 526-4025