Ancaster’s Summer Mortimer is one of 20 athletes to receive a bursary from Investors Group.
The 19-year-old Mortimer, a world record holder, is one of Canada’s best para-swimmers.
The Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursaries of $5,000 each help world class amateur athletes offset costs they incur for training and competition. Selection criteria includes athletic achievement and 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.
In March, Mortimer qualified to represent Team Canada in the 2012 London Paralympics:
“I am so thankful to be selected as one of the recipients for the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary,” says Summer. “This will help me train to my full potential and try to achieve my goals at the 2012 London Games. It will also allow me to participate more in my community!”
In 2011, Olympic swimmer Annamay Pierse was one of 20 recipients to earn the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary of $5,000 through AthletesCAN.
“Becoming a world class athlete takes incredible determination, focus and hard work,” says Annamay, Olympic swimmer and world record holder. “The hours required to train, and subsequently recover your body do not leave time for much else, especially not a job,” she adds. “Having supporters like Investors Group and AthletesCAN, who provide direct support to Canadian athletes is truly incredible. Taking away the financial burden so many athletes face and allowing them to ‘get their job done’ is what is raising Canada’s athletes to higher successes. The Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund allowed me to do everything possible on my Olympic journey. For that I am truly grateful.”
The bursary selection committee included Greg Edgelow (wrestling), Andrew Haley (swimming), Chelsea Lariviere (athletics), Beckie Scott (cross country skiing), and Sami Jo Small (hockey).