Softball Athlete Mathieu Roy Named to CIBC Team Next

Published by Gilles LeBlanc

Published on November 19, 2013

  mathieuroy.jpg(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada is pleased to announce Mathieu Roy (St. Gervais, QC) has been selected to represent the sport of softball on CIBC Team Next.

Mathieu Roy 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.

The CIBC Team Next mentors include: Josh Cassidy, Mark de Jonge, Stephanie Dixon, Kara Lang, Kyle Shewfelt, Mary Spencer, Bruny Surin and Simon Whitfield.

Roy first represented Canada at the international level as a member of Canada’s Junior Men’s National Team that won bronze at the 2005 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship and has been involved with the Men’s National Team program since 2011. He was a key member of Canada’s Gold medal team at the 2012 Pan American Championship and most recently competed at the 2013 ISF Men’s World Championship held in New Zealand, where Canada finished fifth.

The CIBC Team Next athletes were unveiled in a special ceremony on Monday, November 18 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 ofCanada’s national team athletes, and the Canadian Sport InstituteOntarioto create a lasting sports legacy inCanada. To be considered for the program, the athletes had to be nominated by their national sport organizations.

The CIBC Team Next program provides:

  • $15,000 in funding over three years;
  • Annual workshops and advice on personal finances, post-secondary and career planning, sport leadership skills, 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.

Why 67?

CIBC wanted to honour the year ofCanada’s birth, 1867, which is also the same year that the bank was founded.

Each of the 51 sports and disciplines in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are being represented.

For the official press release please click here.

For further information:

Media contact: Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications and Media Relations, 416-784-6699, or caroline.vanhasselt@cibc.com.

 

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