TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM:NYSE) is proud to announce that 21 of the 67 amateur athletes on CIBC Team Next are from Ontario.
The athletes were unveiled today in a special ceremony in Toronto after a two-day orientation camp where they received financial literacy, life skills and social media training, as well as unprecedented access to current and former Canadian elite-level athlete mentors.
“Congratulations to all of our CIBC Team Next athletes,” said Josh Cassidy, a CIBC Team Next mentor and five-time Canadian champion wheelchair racer and winner of both the 2012 Boston Marathon and 2010 London Marathon. “I’m excited to be mentoring athletes of all abilities on their journey to represent Canada on the world stage. As an aspiring athlete, it’s so important to have a strong support system around you to keep you motivated and encouraged, which is why I’m thrilled to be part of the CIBC Team Next program.
|Brooke Henderson||16||Smith Falls||Golf|
|Cody Caldwell||25||Cavan||Wheelchair Rugby|
|Emma Wright||17||Lindsay||Water Polo|
|Karen Van Nest||51||South Bruce Peninsula||Archery|
|Mathea Stevens||22||Rockland||Modern Pentathlon|
CIBC Team Next is a $2 million investment to assist 67 athletes who aspire to realize their dreams and represent Canada on the world stage.
Each athlete will receive:
* A $5,000 annual grant for the next three years ($15,000 total);
* Mentorship from prominent Canadian athletes: Josh Cassidy, Mark de Jonge, Stephanie Dixon, Kara Lang, Kyle Shewfelt Mary Spencer, Bruny Surin and Simon Whitfield;
* Workshops and advice on personal finances, post-secondary and career planning, social media training and public speaking;
* Exclusive access to the CIBC Team Next idea sharing forum;
* Community support and networking opportunities through the local CIBC branches and employees in their home community; and,
* Preferred CIBC products and services.