Asper fam­ily do­nates $2.5 mil­lion to sport

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS -

TORONTO Pierce LePage has lived through that ath­lete in­be­tween stage, where the medal podium is so close, but there's lit­tle fi­nan­cial sup­port to get there.

So the 22-year-old de­cath­lete from Whitby, Ont., knows how a pro­gram such as the Cana­dian Olympic Foun­da­tion's 5to8, launched Thurs­day, can pro­vide that fi­nan­cial leg up.

The David and Ruth Asper fam­ily do­nated $2.5 mil­lion to the 5to8 cam­paign, rep­re­sent­ing the largest dona­tion to Olympic sport in Cana­dian his­tory by a fac­tor of 10. The 5to8 cam­paign was cre­ated to help the gen­er­a­tion of Cana­dian ath­letes who are be­lieved to be five to eight years from the podium.

LePage is the Cana­dian ju­nior record-holder in the de­cathlon.

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