OTTAWA (June 16th, 2015) – AthletesCAN and Investors Group are pleased to announce that Canadian rhythmic gymnast Patricia Bezzoubenko 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 more than $1.5 million 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 Trevor Krahn, Manager, Community Affairs for Investors Group. “Athletes at this level are constantly juggling the demands of work and school with training and competition. For 16 years now, we have been pleased to provide Canada’s athletes with bursaries totaling over $1.5 million to make those demands easier to manage.”
“AthletesCAN appreciates and applauds Investors Group’s contributions as a leader in corporate support of Canada’s national team athletes”, says AthletesCAN Interim Executive Director Ashley LaBrie. “This bursary recognizes the dedication and leadership Patricia exhibits both on and off the field of play. We look forward to seeing the impact of this funding throughout her quest for excellence as an athlete and a role model.”
Patricia’s recent sport accomplishments include 3-time Canadian Champion (2013-2015), 2-time Elite Canada (2014-2015), 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion, Finalist at the 2014 World Championships.
“I feel so proud and very thankful to receive this honour from Investors Group,” says Patricia. “Receiving this funding will definitely help relieve the financial stresses in my life and allow me to focus just on my training. It will help me reach my goals and to hopefully bring glory for Canada in the future,” she adds. “I’m so proud that I can say I represent our country and community at the highest level as an athlete and a role model. Seeing little girls that want to learn from you is a huge pleasure. It’s so rewarding to teach children the skills they can use in their future.”
2015 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary Recipients:
Patricia Bezzoubenko (Thornhill, ON) – Rhythmic Gymnastics
Laura Brown (Calgary, AB) – Cycling
Marie-Eve Croteau (Quebec, QC) – Para-Cycling
Marco Dispaltro (St-Jerome, QC) – Boccia
Roseline Filion (Laval, QC) – Diving
Ariane Fortin (St-Nicolas, QC) – Boxing
Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) – Freestyle Skiing
Joanna Guy (Mississauga, ON) – Fencing
Rachel Homan (Ottawa, ON) – Curling
Kyle Jones (Oakville, ON) – Triathlon
Kip Kangogo (Lethbridge, AB) – Athletics
Jane Kirby (Guelph, ON) – Rugby
Justin Kripps (Summerland, BC) – Bobsleigh
Audrey Lacroix (Pont-Rouge, QC) – Swimming
Pamela LeJean (Halifax, NS) – Para- Athletics
Cleopas Ncube (Kingston, ON) – Wrestling
Guillaume Ouellet (Victoriaville, QC) – Para Athletics
Taylor Pischke (Winnipeg, MB) – Beach Volleyball
Roberta Sheffield (Ottawa, ON) – Para Equestrian
Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, ON) – Ice Hockey
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About Investors Group
Investors Group, founded in 1926, is a national leader in delivering personalized financial solutions to Canadians through a network of over 4,600 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.
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.
Source: Gymnastics Canada