Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards chairwoman Marilyn Sullivan presents Athlete Assistance Program funding cheques to gymnast Adin Brenner, BMX racer Ally Churko and boxer Ivy Richardson at a press conference Wednesday at the Beban Park Golf Course.

Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards chairwoman Marilyn Sullivan presents Athlete Assistance Program funding cheques to gymnast Adin Brenner, BMX racer Ally Churko and boxer Ivy Richardson at a press conference Wednesday at the Beban Park Golf Course.

Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards assist athletes

Boxer Ivy Richardson, BMX racer Ally Churko and gymnast Adin Brenner receive funding

The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards were able to help local high-performance athletes continue to pursue their goals in sport.

The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards committee announced this year’s Athlete Assistance Program funding recipients at a media event at Beban Park Golf Course on Wednesday.

Boxer Ivy Richardson and BMX racer Ally Churko received $2,000 each and gymnast Adin Brenner received $1,000. Richardson and Churko are first-time funding recipients, while Brenner is a past recipient.

Richardson recently competed at Boxing Canada nationals in Quebec City after winning the B.C. championship last fall. She is looking to return to nationals in 2017-18. Churko was a Canadian champion and a national and provincial series winner last season and will be competing at BMX World Champion- ships in South Carolina next month. Brenner was an Indo-Pacific champion in double mini trampoline in 2016 and has already won a Canada Cup title on trampoline in 2017. He will compete at nationals in Oshawa, Ont. next month.

The Athlete Assistance Program funding benefits local high-calibre athletes and is possible through the support of Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards sponsors and by proceeds from the annual awards gala at the Coast Bastion Hotel. Awards chairwoman Marilyn Sullivan thanked sponsors for their continued support.

For more information, please call Marilyn Sullivan at 250-716-6110.