BIATHLON CANADA ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING AND REDUCTION IN ATHLETES FEES
In August, Biathlon Canada announced a bold objective of raising $250,000 from private sources this season in order to support operations and reduce fees for athletes taking part in international tours. The fundraising campaign kicked off with the “Double Your Impact” initiative where a group of Biathlon Canada Board Members and supporters agreed to match funds up to $30,000. This campaign has been extremely successful, and today we can announce that we have not only achieved this match, but we have surpassed it by a long shot.
Over 150 Biathlon Canada fans, supporters, athletes, staff, coaches, and officials have contributed to the matching program. Biathlon Canada is also the recipient of a very generous major gift from Shelley Kuipers and Brian Craig bringing the total funds raised to date to approximately $185,000.
“We are now only $65,000 away from the original goal and are motivated more than ever to get there,” said Heather Ambery, Biathlon Canada General Manager. “We are lucky to have such an engaged and active biathlon community and cannot thank them enough for their contributions. Every bit makes a difference”.
The originally budgeted athlete tour fees assumed we would successfully raise $50,000. Having greatly exceeded that, Biathlon Canada is able to allocate $135,000 of funds raised to date to support our athletes on international tours. $40,000 of these funds will immediately reduce tour fees across “peak” tours, which includes the World Championships, IBU Cup Tour 2, and the Junior Youth World Championships. Should we stay on budget over the season, the remaining funds will be used to reduce athlete fees toward our interim goal of the same level as in the 2018-2019 season.
Biathlon Canada will continue working to raise additional funds for the 2019-2020 season and beyond. “We are so close to the quarter million dollar mark,” noted Terri Dickson, Chair of Biathlon Canada’s Revenue Generation Committee. “Every little bit counts and we thank everyone for their contributions and support so far”.
We are very pleased to have been able to attract so many financial supporters to Biathlon Canada, joining our core funding partners Sport Canada, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, and the IBU
Fee changes have been reflected in the November 14 version of the NTP found here.
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