Being an elite athlete takes hard work, determination and intense focus. Pushing your body to it’s limit is no easy feat and not everyone is up for the challenge.

The Olympic dream doesn’t come cheap.

Canada's Katerine Savard, Taylor Ruck, Brittany Maclean and Penny Oleksiak, from left, hold up their bronze medals during the women's 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay medals ceremony during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Canada’s Katerine Savard, Taylor Ruck, Brittany Maclean and Penny Oleksiak, from left, hold up their bronze medals during the women’s 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay medals ceremony during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ( Photo/JasonRansom)

Amateur athletes train tirelessly to achieve their Olympic dreams and they do it all with limited resources. Many struggle to pay for equipment, facilities and travel costs. Among the many stressors faced by elite athletes, finances are a common problem.

But thanks to you, our donors, many of our athletes don’t face this obstacle. They can train in the best facilities with state-of-the-art equipment to help them on their way to reaching their goals and standing on the podium.

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You may think a few dollars would make no difference, but together it adds up and can change an athlete’s life, inspire them to work harder, to persevere and to set previously unthinkable goals.

Your donations do just that. As part of the Canadian Olympic family, you help our athletes to do what they love and reach for their goals with as few obstacles as possible. Your generosity makes it possible for Canadian athletes to stand proudly on podiums around the world. You are giving young Canadians the opportunity to wear the maple leaf and compete for our country.

Team Canada Kaitlyn Lawes John Morris PyeongChang 2018

Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris of Canada on the podium after winning the Curling Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Game against Switzerland at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 13, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.(Photo by Vincent Ethier/COC)

So, we want to thank you and recognize your contributions to sport philanthropy in Canada. We wanted to find a way to acknowledge your generosity in supporting the Olympic dream. In April we launched the first-ever Canadian Olympic Foundation donor wall. If you have donated $100 or more since January 1, 2016, you are eligible to be recognized on our donor wall.

You can go to teamcanadathanks.ca to check out your name! If there are any changes to be made to your name, please contact us at foundation@olympic.ca or 1-888-377-7073.

Your contribution inspires and motivates our athletes to achieve their dreams. Thank you!