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Press release from CNW Group

21 amateur athletes from Ontario named to inaugural CIBC Team Next

Monday, November 18, 2013

21 amateur athletes from Ontario named to inaugural CIBC Team Next

17:50 EST Monday, November 18, 2013

Unique funding/mentorship program supports aspiring athletes and inspires youth participation in sports

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TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM:NYSE) 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.

The program is being administered for CIBC by AthletesCAN and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. To be considered, the athletes had to be nominated by their national sport organizations. For more information on the program, please visit facebook.com/cibc.

CIBC's investment of $2 million in the program is in addition to $2 million legacy investments already committed in support of Canada's youth related to the Pan/Parapan Am Games, including sport-related CIBC Youthvision scholarships, and programs for Aboriginal youth.

About CIBC
CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. As the Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Premier Partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, CIBC is committed to enriching Canadian communities through the power of sport. We support causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities and aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. In 2012, CIBC contributed more than $38 million to over 1,900 charitable and non-profit initiatives in 450 communities. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.

 

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Image with caption: "CIBC Team Next mentor and multiple Paralympic gold-medalist Stephanie Dixon with CIBC Team Next athlete Jean-Michel Lavallière speaking to Tai Young, Easter Seals of Ontario Ambassador at the official launch of the CIBC Team Next program. (CNW Group/Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131118_C8390_PHOTO_EN_33493.jpg

Image with caption: "CIBC Team Next athletes being introduced, Karen Van Nest followed by Pascal Plamondon and CIBC Team Next mentor and Olympic medalist and sprint kayaker Mark de Jonge (CNW Group/Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131118_C8390_PHOTO_EN_33495.jpg

Image with caption: "CIBC Chief Operating Officer Richard Nesbitt with the CIBC Team Next athletes (CNW Group/Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131118_C8390_PHOTO_EN_33497.jpg

Image with caption: "67 amateur athletes named to CIBC Team Next - will receive funding and life skills support from CIBC and mentoring from current and former world-class Canadian athletes (CNW Group/Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131118_C8390_PHOTO_EN_33499.jpg

SOURCE: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

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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