A top Vernon athlete has scored one of only 20 bursaries handed out across Canada.
AthletesCAN and Investors Group has announced that national wheelchair curling team member Sonja Gaudet has been awarded a $5,000 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary.
“I’m honoured and very proud to have been selected as a recipient for the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary,” said Gaudet. “This fund will help me continue to strive for excellence as I work to keep my position as an athlete on the national wheelchair curling team with equipment upgrades and time away from work.
“The bursary will also allow me to continue to share my story – both sport and life experiences – with kids of all ages in my community through motivational speaking.”
Gaudet’s recent sport accomplishments include two Paralympic gold medals including Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 and two world championship titles both in 2009 and 2011.
“The Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund is proud to be able to support the efforts of outstanding athletes like Sonja,” said Richard Irish, vice president, community affairs and area marketing for Investors Group. “The example of commitment, hard work and achievement offered by athletes like Sonja gives a tremendous boost to individuals – young and old – across our nation. Through this funding, we also acknowledge the tremendous contribution Sonja has made to both her community and her sport.”
“This bursary recognizes the excellence Sonja exhibits both on and off the field of play” says AthletesCAN executive director Jasmine Northcott. “AthletesCAN is excited to see the great things this bursary will help her achieve.”
Since its inception in 2000, the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund has provided more than $1,100,000 to Canadian athletes. AthletesCAN administers the bursary on behalf of Investors Group.