OTTAWA (July 31, 2018) – AthletesCAN and Investors Group are pleased to announce that freestyle skiing national team member Philippe Marquis has been awarded a $5,000 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.”
Among his recent athletic accomplishments, Philippe finished in 20th place at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang.
“It’s a great source of pride and recognition to be a 2018 Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary recipient,” says Philippe. “It gives me greater motivation to push myself in the pursuit of excellence. Programs like the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund give us opportunities to seek out additional resources so that we can reach our full potential.”
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.
Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, Québec) – Speed Skating
Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Manitoba) – Hockey
Laura Brown (Vancouver, British Columbia) – Cycling
Jaimee Bull (North Bay, Ontario) – Water Ski
Jane Channell (North Vancouver, British Columbia) – Skeleton
Monika Eggens (Pitt Meadows, British Columbia) – Water Polo
Annie Guglia (Montréal, Québec) – Skateboard (Street)
Tyler Henschel (Sherwood Park, Alberta) – Diving
Philippe Marquis (Québec City, Québec) – Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)
Brittany Kassil (Guelph, Ontario) – Rugby
Benjamin Kendrick (Ottawa, Ontario) – Judo
Andréanne Langlois (Trois Rivières, Québec) – 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) – 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).
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.
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.
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