Hughes & Groves receive grants from the Pure Determination Fund.

Pure Determination Fund hands out a total of $200 000 in grants to 20 promising Olympic athletes !

The means to attend high level competitions, to book training sessions with the best coaches, and to purchase better equipment - all of this will be possible thanks to the first series of $10,000 grants from the Pure Determination Fund, an initiative of Dairy Farmers of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee. Twenty promising young Canadian athletes received their accolades in Toronto from Olympic Gold medallist Bruny Surin and sport consultant Debbie Muir. They will come away with added financial resources to tackle the last leg of the road to Olympic glory.

The Pure Determination Fund is a four-year, $800,000 initiative that will award at least 80 development grants to promising athletes pursuing their Olympic dreams. To assist the athletes and their sport federations, Dairy Farmers of Canada has partnered with the Canadian Olympic Committee, which will administer the Fund.

"Having been an Olympic partner since the Nagano Games, we are proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of Canadian Olympians for many Games to come, thanks to this initiative," said Leo Bertoia, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

"We are pleased to work in partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada on this exciting initiative to support high-performance athletes in Canada", said Canadian Olympic Committee President Michael Chambers.

Recipients were chosen by a selection committee comprised of Bruny Surin, Thérèse Brisson, Mike Christie, Mark Lowry and Debbie Muir, as well as Nathalie Noël and Ian MacDonald from Dairy Farmers of Canada. To be eligible, athletes must be in training to represent Canada at the Olympic Games and be members of national teams' development programs or training groups.

Source :

Dairy Farmers of Canada

Canadian Olympic Committee

Information :

Isabelle Perras

Perras-Dyotte Communications/Dairy Farmers of Canada

(514) 765-3775 Cell.: (514) 594-0246

Jackie DeSouza

Canadian Olympic Committee

(416) 324-4122 Cell: (416) 806-4342

List of athletes

Name Age Sport

Lindsay Alcock 25 Skeleton

Kwaku Boateng 28 High Jump

Dominique Bosshart 25 Taekwondo

Kristina Groves 26 Speed Skating

Blythe Hartley 20 Diving

Emilie Heymans 20 Diving

Clara Hughes 30 Cycling/Speed Skating

Mark Johnston 23 Swimming

Margaret Langford 32 Whitewater Kayak

Patricia Leibel 25 Wrestling

Rhiannon Leier 25 Swimming

Keith Morgan 30 Judo

Jeffrey Pain 31 Skeleton

Sara Renner 26 Cross Country Skiing

Michael Scarola 25 Canoe-Sprint

Geneviève Simard 22 Alpine Skiing

Bradley Snyder 25 Shot Put

Jason Tunks 27 Discus/Shot put

Sommer West 24 Softball/Hockey

Giulio Zardo 22 Bobsleigh