Team Canada athletes have been celebrating the announcement of the HBC bursary on social media.
The bursary provides $10,000 a year directly to 50 athletes, in a $2.5 million program to help with funding over the next five years (full list of bursary recipients here). Here are a few of the bursary winners who took to social media to show their appreciation:
Alpine skier Dustin Cook started making World Cup podiums during the 2014-15 season and quickly rose up the rankings. Although he was out for the 2015-16 season with a knee injury, Cook is ready to come back and begin training.
Magali Harvey, former IRB Women’s Player of the Year and rugby sevens star for the national team, has finished strong this year as the squad gets ready for Rio 2016, which will see the debut of women’s rugby.
Matthew Sarmento from the men’s field hockey team is gearing up for Rio. Sarmento made his debut in 2011 and has more than 35 national caps. Canada will be competing in Olympic field hockey for the first time since 2008.
The FIS Rookie of the Year in 2011, freestyle skiier Travis Gerrits won silver at the 2013 FIS World Championships. Gerrits finished seventh in his Olympic debut in 2014.
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