Johns Named as Recipient of AthletesCAN / Investors Group Bursary

OTTAWA – Brian Johns (UBCD) was named as one of twenty athletes across Canada to be a recipient of the 2010 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary.

In keeping with their commitment to amateur sport in Canada, Investors Group, working with AthletesCAN, established a bursary fund for Canada’s top amateur 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 awarded over $1,000,000 to Canadian athletes. AthletesCAN administers the bursary on behalf of Investors Group.

“Investors Group is very proud to support Canada’s finest athletes in their pursuit of excellence in sport and for their work in the community,” said Richard Irish, Vice-President, Community Affairs and Area Marketing for Investors Group. “Through the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund we have now surpassed a million dollar milestone in bursary assistance to athletes who have gone on to achieve great things in sport and in their own personal development. We are pleased to be able to recognize their hard work and dedication through this program.” 

In 2009 Skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery was one of 20 recipients to earn the Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN. In the lead up to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver/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 Investors Group'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.”

AthletesCAN Executive Director Jasmine Northcott adds: “The athletes recognized through the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund are champions both on and off the field of play. 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.”

2010 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary recipients are: 

Lascelles

Brown

Bobsleigh

Mandy

Bujold

Boxing

Kia

Byers

Kayak

Adrian

Dieleman

Wheelchair Tennis

Martine

Dugrenier

Wrestling

David

Eng

Wheelchair Basketball

Viviane

Forest

Para-Alpine

Brian

Johns

Swimming

Paul

MacDonald

Waterskiing-Barefoot

Cindy

Ouellet

Wheelchair Basketball

Maxime

Potvin

Taekwondo

Sheryl

Preston

Rowing

Joshua

Riker-Fox

Modern Pentathlon

Catherine

Roberge

Judo

Michelle

Stilwell

Wheelchair Athletics

Laura

Stoughton

Rugby

Douglas

Vandor

Rowing

Robbi

Weldon

Para Nordic

David

Wright

Sailing

Yvette

Yong

Taekwondo

Look for a congratulatory ad in the June 19, 2010 News section of the Globe and Mail.