PacificSport Disburses $12,000 to Vancouver Island Athletes

May 5, 2016 (Nanaimo):  20 of Vancouver Island’s high performance athletes received over $12,000 in bursaries; including $10,000 from PacificSport and an additional $2,000 from Woodgrove Pines Clinic, at a ceremony on Thursday May 5, 2016 at Oliver Woods Community Centre in Nanaimo. 

Identification and development of athletes both on the national, provincial and more regional level is a critical focus for PacificSport Vancouver Island.  Supporting high performance athletes, and those up and coming, builds overall capacity within the sport community.

“Training, proper nutrition and equipment upgrades are a competitive advantage; and it can be costly” says Kevin Lindo PacificSport Athlete & Coach Services Coordinator.  “These cash bursaries complement our PacificSport athlete programs, supporting the development of Vancouver Island athletes.”

The following athletes each received $500 from PacificSport to further their sport development. 

North Island Athletes
Adicus Bird - Cumberland (BMX)
Cianna Dunn – Campbell River (Swimming)
Laryn Stover – Campbell River (Volleyball)

South Island Athletes
Sarah Goodman – Duncan (Field Hockey)
Hannah Tuplin – Crofton (Wrestling)    
Mid-Island Athletes                    
Alicia Fiandor – Nanaimo (Judo)
Aiden Grecht – Parksville (Cycling)
Alison Grecht – Parksville (Cycling & BMX)
Alex Grecht – Parksville (Cycling)
Ben Leslie – Nanaimo (BMX)
Braxton Clark- Nanaimo (Judo)
Drew Johnson – Nanaimo (BMX)    
Erin Burrett – Nanaimo (Athletics)
Luke Hoefer- Nanaimo (Alpine Skiing)  
Marika Van Osch – Nanaimo (Curling)
Mitchel Landry- Nanaimo (BMX)
Niamh Williams-Murphy –Nanaimo (Fencing)
Sarah Roque – Ladysmith (Freestyle Skiing)                    
Raf Korkowski – Nanaimo (Weightlifting)   
In addition; four athletes each received an additional $500 bursary from Woodgrove Pines Clinic; those athletes were Erin Burrett, Sarah Goodman, Hannah Tuplin and Alison Grecht.

“Our balanced approach for PacificSport includes specialized high-performance training and therapeutic services like chiropractic, massage therapy and physiotherapy,” says Dr. Stacey Scott, Woodgrove Pines Clinic. 

“The partnerships PacificsSport has with sport-focused businesses such as Woodgrove Pines is critical to our success,” says Drew Cooper, General Manager- PacificSport. “Together we truly do ‘Power Sport’ on Vancouver Island.” 

About Pacific Sport
Established in 1995, PacificSport Vancouver Island is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing sport participation for all ages and abilities through the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) program.  From grassroots, community sport day camps to high performance athlete development, PacificSport Vancouver Island inspires and engages our community to excel and be active for life.

Media contacts:
Jenn Houtby-Ferguson                        Drew Cooper
Marketing & Communications             General Manager, PacificSport
Cell:     250-713-9849                        Phone:     250-740-6572    
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Bursary Athletes

L to R: Erin Burrett, Alison Grecht, Hannah Tuplin and Sarah Goodman