Cochrane Awarded 2012 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary

AthletesCAN and Investors Group are pleased to announce that national team swimmer Ryan Cochrane (IS) has been named as one of the recipients of 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 $1,200,000 to Canadian athletes. AthletesCAN administers the bursary on behalf of Investors Group.

“Investors Group provides these bursaries to acknowledge the commitment to excellence our nation’s elite athletes demonstrate year after year,” says Richard Irish, Vice-President, Community Affairs and Area Marketing for Investors Group. “We understand that this commitment involves leading unique lifestyles requiring Canada’s athletes to carefully balance the demands of work and school with training and competition. For 12 years now, we have been pleased to support Canada’s athletes with bursaries totaling over $1 million to help foster that balance.” 

“This bursary recognizes the dedication and excellence Ryan exhibits both on and off the field of play,” says AthletesCAN Executive Director Tracy Taylor. “AthletesCAN really appreciates the Investors Group’s ongoing support of Canada’s national team athletes, and we are really excited to see this bursary assist Ryan in achieving his dreams.”

Ryan’s recent sport accomplishments include qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in the 400m and 1500m Freestyle event, as well as second and fifth place finishes at the 2011 World Championships. 

“I’m extremely humbled to be chosen for the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary as I know a lot of really inspirational athletes who have been chosen in the past,” Ryan says.  “At such a critical time heading into the 2012 London Games, this fund will help alleviate the financial burden sport can bring, and will allow me to focus a greater amount of time both on training as well as on being involved with local community groups.”

2012 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary Recipients:

  • Philippe Beaudry (L’arrondissement du Plateau, Québec) – Fencing
  • Justine Bouchard (Wetaskiwin, Alberta) - Wrestling
  • David Calder (Victoria, British Columbia) – Rowing
  • Ryan Cochrane (Victoria, British Columbia) – Swimming
  • Mark de Jonge (Halifax, Nova Scotia) - Kayak
  • Ryan Dodd (Olds, Alberta) – Waterski
  • Daria Gaiazova (Banff, Alberta) – Cross-Country Skiing
  • Paul Gauthier (Vancouver, British Columbia) – Boccia
  • Pat Grant (Toronto, Ontario) - Karate
  • Mellisa Hollingsworth (Eckville, Alberta) - Skeleton
  • Darcy Marquardt (Richmond, British Columbia) - Rowing
  • Whitney McClintock (Cambridge, Ontario) – Water Skiing
  • Summer Mortimer (Burlington, Ontario) – Paralympic Swimming
  • Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Quebec) – Hockey 
  • Diane Roy (La Tribune, Quebec) – Wheelchair Athletics
  • Lyndon Rush (Humbolt, Saskatchewan) – Bobsleigh
  • Eric Sehn (Edmonton, Alberta) – Diving
  • Christine Selinger (Regina, Saskatchewan) – ParaCanoe
  • Paul Tingley (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – Para Sailing
  • Jessica Vliegenthart (Kamloops, British Columbia) – Wheelchair Basketball

Look for a congratulatory ad in the May 19, 2012 News section of the Globe and Mail.