21 amateur athletes from Ontario named to inaugural CIBC Team Next

Monday, November 18, 2013

CIBC is proud to announce that 21 of the 67 amateur athletes on CIBC Team Next are from Ontario.

The athletes were unveiled today in a special ceremony in Toronto after a two-day orientation camp where they received financial literacy, life skills and social media training, as well as unprecedented access to current and former Canadian elite-level athlete mentors.

“Congratulations to all of our CIBC Team Next athletes,” said Josh Cassidy, a CIBC Team Next mentor and five-time Canadian champion wheelchair racer and winner of both the 2012 Boston Marathon and 2010 London Marathon. “I’m excited to be mentoring athletes of all abilities on their journey to represent Canada on the world stage. As an aspiring athlete, it’s so important to have a strong support system around you to keep you motivated and encouraged, which is why I’m thrilled to be part of the CIBC Team Next program.

They include:

Name Age Hometown Sport
Anthony Romaniw 22 Hamilton Athletics
Brooke Henderson 16 Smith Falls Golf
Cameron Smedley 23 Ottawa CanoeKayak
Carling Zeeman 22 Cambridge Rowing
Christine Roper 23 London Rowing
Cody Caldwell 25 Cavan Wheelchair Rugby
Corey Walsh 19 Ayr Cycling
Emma Wright 17 Lindsay Water Polo
Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson 18 Ottawa Swimming
Grant O’Gorman 20 Scarborough Volleyball
Jessie Fleming 15 London Soccer
Joanna Brown 21 Guelph Triathlon
Justin Karn 32 Guelph Judo
Karen Van Nest 51 South Bruce Peninsula Archery
Mathea Stevens 22 Rockland Modern Pentathlon
Philip Scrubb 20 Ottawa Basketball
Patricia Bezzoubenko 16 Thornhill Gymnastics
Samuel Charron 15 Ottawa Soccer
Samantha Sendel 22 Aurora Trampoline
Vanessa Lee 24 Toronto Archery
Yvette Yong 23 Etobicoke Taekwondo

CIBC Team Next is a $2 million investment to assist 67 athletes who aspire to realize their dreams and represent Canada on the world stage.

Each athlete will receive:
* A $5,000 annual grant for the next three years ($15,000 total);
* Mentorship from prominent Canadian athletes: Josh Cassidy, Mark de Jonge, Stephanie Dixon, Kara Lang, Kyle Shewfelt Mary Spencer, Bruny Surin and Simon Whitfield;
* Workshops and advice on personal finances, post-secondary and career planning, social media training and public speaking;
* Exclusive access to the CIBC Team Next idea sharing forum;
* Community support and networking opportunities through the local CIBC branches and employees in their home community; and,
* Preferred CIBC products and services.

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