Meet the 2017 Champions Fund Recipients

Meet the 30 inspiring recipients, each of which will be awarded a $5,000 grant from Dairy Farmers of Canada for breaking barriers for women in sport.

Recreation program
Unama'ki Snowboarders

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

A $5,000 Champions Fund will help us create a female-only stream in our snowboard program. It would assist with snowboards that are specific to the girls, and to cover the cost of lessons for the female-only team. We are working together with Ski Ben Eoin to develop this first-ever female stream

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Team
Canadian Women's Field Hockey

Vancouver, British Columbia

In order to achieve success and improve our world ranking, we need to continue to gain game experience as a collective. However, traveling to compete is expensive. The Champions Fund grant would go towards travel costs which would allow our team to continue to play away games at the highest level.

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Team
Kahnawake survival School Wrestling

Kahnawake, Quebec

To purchase women's competition singlets to allow our womens wrestlers to compete at the Canadian National Championships. It will allow us to get our female wrestlers to more quality competitions and camps in order to help them prepare for National and international competitions.

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Non-profit sports camp
Jennifer Barnes van Elk

Cobble Hill, British Columbia

With this grant, the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association would be able to provide an equestrian summer camp in 2018 for girls with special needs. This specialized opportunity would help introduce girls with different abilities to this empowering sport in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.

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The W.R.E.N.C.H.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

A $5,000 Champions Fund would allow The WRENCH would run Girls’ Bike Club, a program where Newcomer girls in grade 7 & 8 learn to fix bikes, ride safely in their new neighbourhood (sometimes riding for the first time!) and get to keep the bike they’ve “earned” through participating in the program.

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Recreation program
London Sharks Volleyball Club

London, Ontario

This grant will allow 50 girls from low income families ages 13 to 16 years old be able to attend our Developmental House league at no cost.

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Team
Kugluktuk Grizzlies U13 Soccer Team

Kugluktuk, Nunavut

The Champions Fund grant would greatly improve our athletes chances to perform at the highest available level in our region. We've been working together for four years and these young ladies have battled through personal and community wide challenges and have used soccer as a positive outlet.

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Recreation program
Equal Play Girls' World Cup Soccer leadership Pgm

Vancouver, British Columbia

It would help us expand Equal Play, a free soccer-oriented team sports program reaching at-risk girls in Vancouver-area elementary schools. Our program promotes active, healthy lifestyles, transforms girls from spectators to active players, and empowers them to become leaders on and off the field.

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Athlete
Kelsie CYgan, Team Warburg, Warburg Curling Club

Warburg, Alberta

A five thousand dollar grant would change my life, I would be able to achieve my goals in curing. I would be able to travel and learn from other clubs and people. It would be an opportunity for me to become a better curler and person and to follow my dream of becoming a professional curler.

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Nikkita Holder

Pickering, Ontario

The champions fund grant would help me reach my goal of making my 3rd olympic team. Giving me some financial relief as I reach my potential. With no outside sponsors as a 2x olympian and single mother finances are difficult.

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Team
Women's Sledge Hockey of Canada

Edmonton, Alberta

We are committed to a single goal; enabling Canadian girls & women with disabilities to achieve long term participation & sporting excellence in sledge hockey with a sustainable program nationally. This grant would allow us reach more females by covering costs required to run a development camp.

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Athlete
Larissa Brown, Ottawa Lions, T-12 Para Track/field

Ottawa, Ontario

I am a visually impaired athlete. If I received funding from Champions Fund, I would be able to pay for a personal trainer, dietician and attend training camps.

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Sage Matthews, Kimberley Dynamiters Hockey Academy

Meadow Creek, British Columbia

My goal was to play on a girls Midget AAA hockey team. We didn't have enough players, so I don't have a team. When one door closes another opens. I was scouted for an academy but it costs more than double than what I was planning on paying. $5000 will help me play hockey and follow my dreams.

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Athlete
Olivia Oliver

Barrie, Ontario

To help pay for extra coaching & ice time to reach my goal of competing at international level. I broke the Guinness World Record for fastest spin on ice & raised $20,000 for sick kids doing it. I want to skate at the highest level so more people will know about my charity campaigns to help kids.

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Athlete
Lucy Black

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Most boats at my rowing club are for heavyweight men. With the Champions Fund grant I would help purchase a women's single scull for the club. Rowing in a 2009 boat designed for a 110kg man, I placed 2nd at the Canadian Henley this summer by 0.2secs. A newer women's scull could have meant gold!

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Carly McDonald

Forestburg, Alberta

When I was 9 years old I started dreaming about going to the Warner Hockey School. Since then I have been working very hard in hockey and school. I just found out yesterday that I had been accepted to the school. My goal is to accomplish my dream of playing college/university hockey.

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Non-profit sports camp
GO Time!

Vancouver, British Columbia

Girls Only (GO) Time enables female youth with physical disabilities around BC to come together & try a variety of wheelchair sports with the support of strong female coaches & peer mentors. This grant will be used for facility costs, travel support for regional athletes, & equipment.

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Non-profit sports camp
Sami Jo Small Female Hockey School

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Every year, I open up my camp to any female athlete from a First Nation to come free of charge. This past year we had 11 girls from Sanikiluak, Nunavut that flew in to attend camp as well as another dozen First Nation female athletes on full bursaries. The money would be used to cover camp fees.

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Athlete
Amanda Timm

Canmore, Alberta

In 2011 I broke my back in a big mountain ski competition that paralyzed me from the chest down, within 10 months I got back on snow but in a sit ski. Now I compete in competitions but in a sit ski which has never been done before. This funding wiIl help me carve a new way for women and sit skiers.

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Athlete
Cindy Ouellet

Quebec, Quebec

The grant would allow me to get new wheels for world championship in the summer 2018 and to help me pay some of my gym fees and nutrition supplements since I am in Quebec City and we don't have a CSI like in Montreal or Toronto.

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Athlete
Emma Bedard

Westmount, Quebec

The grant would greatly help offset training, coaching and racing costs. Although I'm considered a "pro" cyclist, I'm unpaid and thus am pursuing a Masters' Degree to allow for the flexibility needed to train and compete and for the slight financial salary that provides.

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Team
Eagle Point Judo Club

Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland and Labrador

Funding would greatly help us with the costs of things such as registration fees, monthly rental of space fees, purchasing of gi's and travel costs.

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Team
Abreast In A Boat

Vancouver, British Columbia

Assistance from the Champions Fund will help offset the cost of regatta registration and equipment. The Abreast In A Boat Society is a group of 6 dragon boat teams. All are breast cancer survivors who paddle to raise awareness of breast cancer and to show that survivors can lead full active lives.

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Recreation program
Melanie Squire

Scotland, Ontario

One goal for Iroquois Roots Rugby is to visit as many of the 133 First Nations in Ontario to promote the sport of rugby. A CFG would enable us to travel into Indigenous communities in order to #growthegame.

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Recreation program
FAB Girls 5KM Challenge Programs

Hamilton, Ontario

It would give 25 girls living in poverty an opportunity to experience the power of sport & goal setting skills first hand; an experience that reshapes what girls believe is possible. We use running to teach & inspire girls to dream & live big. We inspire 250 girls annually. Our program is free.

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Athlete
Bethany Johnson

Winnipeg, Manitoba

In order to play wheelchair basketball I need to borrow a wheelchair from our club. Each wheelchair costs over $4,000, a major cost for our small program. The grant would allow me to purchase my own wheelchair, which would fit me properly and free up another wheelchair for a new athlete.

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Team
Michaela Cormier

Calgary, Alberta

After playing 4 years of coed rugby, we were told we couldn't play with the boys. My friend and I recruited aggressively last winter and pulled together enough for an all girls team. Many were new to the sport, so we would use some for training to safely develop skills needed for this physical game

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Athlete
Colleen Lynch

Dundas, Ontario

After decades away from my sport I am now the oldest No. Amer. woman actively racing, have world-status and hold the IMSSC AllRound L75 record. Your grant will help with travel and costs for elite training at an indoor 400m oval, defending my title in Europe, and establishing new Canadian records.

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Athlete
Debora Barros

Toronto, Ontario

It would give me and my little sister conditions to travel to more competitions in USA, pay for my events, and fund my equipment; including swimsuits, racing suits, technology, and swim gear. As Canadians unattached swimmers at USA because we haven’t financial conditions to pay a Canadian swim club.

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Hijabi Ballers

Toronto, Ontario

We would be able to buy sports equipment, rent out spaces and hire coaches for drop-in sports sessions (i.e basketball, soccer, martial arts) in order to achieve our goals of increasing representation of and access to sports and sport spaces for Muslim women and girls in Toronto. A dream come true!

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