Demetre selected as recipient of funding from Elevate

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HALIFAX – Today the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic and The Chronicle Herald announced the launch of Elevate, a program to provide direct assistance to Atlantic Canadian athletes striving for the international podium.

New Glasgow’s Luke Demetre was one of the seven athletes selected, with CSCA also receiving funding for their nutrition support for the seven athletes.

Bell Aliant, Killiam Properties and one other prominent company are partners in Elevate, supporting specific elements of Olympic and Paralympic hopeful training.

“For top athletes, there are often compromises in training programs because of additional expenses which they are not able to afford,” said Ken Bagnell, president, Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. “The Elevate fund helps address this issue and give our region’s top athletes a chance to reach the podium.” 

Elevate unites the power of corporate giving and allows access to premiere training facilities, performance professionals, nutritional guidance, leadership & mentoring and situational support for local athletes.

The fund will distribute $100,000 annually through the contribution of the program partners to identified projects. Eight projects have already been identified including:

·       Alex Duckworth, N.S. (Snowboard - summer training camp in New Zealand)

·       Mark Arendz, P.E.I. (Para Nordic - summer training camp in U.S.A.)

·       Custio Clayton, N.S. (boxing -training and travel fund)

·       Geoff Harris, N.S. (athletics - winter training program)

·       Jenna Martin, N.S. (athletics - winter training camp)

·       Luke Demetre, N.S. (bobsleigh - track fees)

·       Michelle Russell, N.S. (canoeing - winter training costs)

·       CSCA, all - (nutrition support for identified athletes)


Organizations: Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, Bell Aliant

Geographic location: New Glasgow, New Zealand, U.S.A.

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