Asper family donates $2.5 million to sport
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.