November 24, 2013
OTTAWA, ON (November 24, 2013) – Pentathlon Canada is pleased to announce that Mathea Stevens (Rockland, ON) has been selected to represent the sport of pentathlon on CIBC Team Next.
Mathea is one of the 67 amateur athletes from across Canada who will receive from CIBC $15,000 in funding over three years as well as invaluable life skills and sport mentorship from eight of our nation’s finest high performance athletes.
“I am extremely excited to be a member of CIBC Team Next,” shared Stevens. “Besides the financial support, I am really looking forward to working with Olympic bronze medalist Mark de Jonge as my mentor, as well as benefiting from overall support from the rest of the CIBC team of athletes and mentors, as I set my sights toward both the Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015 and the Olympic in Rio in 2016.”
The athletes were unveiled in a special ceremony on Monday, November 18, 2013 amid much fanfare at Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. CIBC Chief Operating Officer Richard Nesbitt, the Honourable Bal Gosal, Canada’s Minister of State (Sport) and the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport for the Government of Ontario were on hand for the event, along with pre-event entertainment from PACHI, the official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and freestyle soccer demonstrations.
CIBC is the Lead Partner of the 2015 Games and recently joined the Canadian Paralympic Committee as a Premier Partner. CIBC designed the CIBC Team Next program in partnership with AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario to create a lasting sports legacy in Canada. To be considered for the program, the athletes had to be nominated by their national sport organizations.
“Mathea's inclusion on CIBC's Team Next is wonderful news and comes at a fantastic time as she works to gain more international competition experience,” said John Hawes, Pentathlon Canada’s National Team Coach. “She is just coming into her own as a pentathlete and this will help her get the support she needs as we move her training and performance to the next level."
The CIBC Team Next program provides:
“Mathea is an excellent mentor for our up-and-coming athletes in Ontario through both her positive attitude and strong commitment to the sport of pentathlon," shared Shaun LaGrange, Pentathlon Canada Board member and President of Pentathlon Ontario.
For further information about the CIBC Team Next program, visit http://cibccommunity.com/sport/cibc-team-next or contact:
Caroline Van Hasselt,
Director, External Communications and Media Relations,
Pentathlon Canada governs the sport of pentathlon in Canada, supporting our provincial associations and national team athletes in building a supportive environment for our sport. Pentathletes compete in five sports – fencing, swimming, equestrian riding, and a combined run and shoot – in a one-day competition.