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Delta Olympians benefit from funding programs

CAN Fund program supports Canadian amateur athletes
Hayley McKelvey
Water polo standout Hayley McKelvey is among Delta Olympians to benefit from the CAN Fund program.

Delta Olympians are among high performance athletes in the spotlight for funding programs, designed to support and enhance their careers.

Swimmer Markus Thormeyer has been named an ambassador for Save-On-Foods’ Fueling Sport.

The new program is designed to reward athletes at every level by fueling their journey from the playground to the podium with sponsorship, fundraising and cost-saving opportunities. Over the next five years, Fueling Sport will provide more than 500 amateur high-performance athletes and 150,000 community level youth athletes from B.C. to Manitoba with $10 million in much-needed support.

Meanwhile, Thormeyer, who is headed to his second Olympic Summer Games in Toyko next month, is also a recipient of the Canadian Athletes Now (CAN) Fund program.

It was created in a hospital room by founder Jane Roos, a promising track athlete who saw her career cut shot at 19 from a devastating car accident. While having her second back operation she thought she would use her time to support a few athletes. Today, CAN Fund is the leading direct funder to able-bodied and para-athletes and has built a strong legacy having impacted the lives of thousands of athletes since 2003.

In total, 850 athletes from across the country applied for CAN Fund. Each recipient received $6,000 to use towards the cost of extra physio, nutrition, coaching, equipment, training camps, travel to competitions and paying team fees.

Joining Thormeyer in Toyko and as recipients of the Can Fund are Delta athletes Mark Pearson (field hockey), Maxwell Lattimer (rowing), Gurpreet Sohi (water polo) and Hayley McKelvey (water polo). National women’s field hockey standout Sara McManus was also included.