WinSport Canada and the Four Points by Sheraton Calgary West proudly handed out $1,000 cheques on Wednesday to 17 winners in the inaugural 2011-12 Athlete WinSport/Sheraton Grant program.
Nearly 100 applications were received for the grant program, with WinSport Canada and Four Points by Sheraton staff selecting the winners based on achievement, athletic goals and financial need.
“We are happy to be partnering with an organization such as the Four Points by Sheraton to help Canadian athletes ease the burden in their quest to excel at their given sport,” said WinSport Canada president and CEO Dan O’Neill. “There were a lot of very qualified candidates for these grants and it was a very difficult decision to narrow it down to this year’s recipients.”
The grants are restricted to winter sport athletes who use a WinSport Canada facility to train.
“The Four Points by Sheraton Calgary West is very pleased to be a partner in this funding program to assist up-and-coming athletes,” said Four Points by Sheraton Calgary West owner Ed Behanji. “Our organization has been a passionate supporter of all sports for many years and we are pleased to work directly with WinSport Canada to help young athletes with this financial boost.”
Named winners for the inaugural WinSport and Sheraton award are:
Eric Mitchell (ski jumping)
Thomas Fiselier (freestyle skiing)
Michele Long (bobsleigh)
Heidi Widmer (nordic skiing)
Lauren McGuire (speed skating)
Jaden Bos (snowboarding)
Tyler MacRae (snowboarding)
Keaton Carlson (freestyle skiing)
Garett Northey (freestyle skiing)
Tony Naciuk (alpine skiing)
David Law (alpine skiing)
Kurt Layton (snowboarding)
Matty Herauf (ski cross)
Daniel Tanner (freestyle skiing)
Heather Clarke (short track speed skating)
Katie Babick (speedskating)
Jack Van Lierop (ski jumping, Nordic combined)
Luge athlete Alex Gough, the inaugural winner of the $5,000 Sarah Burke Performance Award, also received her cheque during Wednesday’s presentations. She became the first ever Canadian to win a World Cup luge gold medal on home soil, when she took top spot back in December. She then spent nearly four months competing overseas, so Wednesday was her first opportunity to receive her cheque.
As the presentations nearly wrapped up, O’Neill reminded the athletes to thank their parents for all they have done to get them to that point in their athletic endeavours. It goes beyond writing cheques and this video from Proctor and Gamble says it all. Check it out: http://www.ittybittyurl.com/d2w