Sponsorship for inspiring athlete

Appco Group Canada is the proud sponsor of one of their very own delegates, Lizzy Bates. A young and courageous athlete, Ms Bates is a sprint kayaker embarking on the world championships in Italy this September 2012.

Once a national level gymnast, Ms Bates suffered a knee injury in 2005 that was to end her gymnastics career. Whilst undergoing multiple reconstructive surgeries to repair both a torn ACL and split kneecap, Ms Bates was introduced to Kayaking by one of her teammates.

Since her introduction to the sport she has never looked back, she is truly an inspiration with achievements including, 8-time Canadian Champion in canoe/kayak, with more than twenty Canadian Championship medals and one Canadian record; 5-time Canada Games medalist from 2009 in canoe/kayak and 3-time OFSAA swimming gold medalist. She was also a member of the junior national team for artistic gymnastics, specialising in the vault and floor exercises.

A typical day for Ms Bates begins at 5:15am, commencing her first training session in the water at 6:00am. At 10am she heads off to begin her duties as an Appco Group representative. By 3pm, Ms Bates is back in the water for a 2 hour training session, following which she squeezers in time to eat, before heading back to join her fellow delegates, finally completing her day and leaving the office at 10pm.

Appco Group Canada is delighted to be able to sponsor and support Ms Bates as she heads to the world championships. She will also spend the next four years training for 2016 Olympics in Rio whilst continuing with her great work for the Appco Group. Ms Bates intends to continue her career in the company’s Fundraising division, helping to raise money for athletes all over the world.

Of her career with the Appco Group and commitment to her sport, Ms Bates says: “There are so many similarities between working with the Appco Group and high level athletics. How the company operates is much like a high performance team, in some ways it’s even better. Being involved in the company is an opportunity to really develop and inspire other people, something that really affects positive change.”

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