Update November 2011: We received a number of Thank You's from athletes who received the funds fom Mary's bursary for 2011:
Jim Cambridge: "Dear President and executive,I want to thank you very much for the bursary from the Mary Leliveld Bursary fund. The award was surprising but much appreciated, it is gratifying to know that people such as Mary contributed so much to our sport and continue to do so into the future. With much thanks, Jim".
Andrew Russell: Thank you very much for the selection as a Mary Leliveld recipient. It is an honour and truly appreciated. Having the support from you and others makes all the difference. Is there another contact in the family that I could send my thanks to? Sincerely, Andrew Russell."
Update August 2011: Mary's Happy Trail Run in her memory was held on 28 August. The evening was a fundraiser for Mary Leliveld's Tri BC Bursary Fund and all single day membership fees in Club Fat Ass were donated to the fund. The total donated this year, both from the single day memberships and additional cash donations was $334.00. Thanks to everybody who participated and contributed.
Last year (2010) Tri BC awarded three athletes with $250 each: Connor Foreman (junior), Clarke Lindt and James Cook (age groupers). 2009 was Karen Forsman as only recipient.
Update April 2010: The fund has been topped up and there have been three disbursements to to deserving athletes over the last three years.
Update August 2007: As of the morning of the 2 August 2007 there is $6,669.00 in the fund. TriBC has not distributed any funds as it is planned as an endowed fund and there needs to be at least have $10,000 to make it a 'go' in an endowed situation. Let's work towards reaching 10.000 soon!
About the Fund: Mary Leliveld loved amateur athletics. She was a competitive runner, cyclist, triathlete who competed for Canada on the Canadian National Triathlon team at the World Triathlon Championships in 2004. In addition to being a top age group athlete, she inspired others to achieve their dreams through sport.
One of the ways her friends and family hope to honor Mary's life is with a bursary fund. The directive of this fund is to help deserving athletes get to competitions they otherwise might not be able to race in. Specifically, the fund will pay for race fees, travel and accommodations of athletes who are recommended by TriathlonBC.
The three types of beneficiaries of the fund are:
junior athletes in the "Kids of Steel" program
age group athletes who have qualified for the Canadian Team for travel to world championships
elite athletes who need points to to qualify for future Olympic Teams for travel to ITU races
If you would like to support the fund, the specifics are:
Triathlon BC Mary Leliveld Fund
PO BOX 34098, Station "D"
Vancouver BC V6J 4M1 Canada
Or contact an administrator of the fund: