THE NEXT GENERATION INITIATIVE- 5to8 campaign (5to8.ca)
Today is a special episode for 2 reasons. First, there was a huge announcement this past week in the Canadian sports world which will have major impact on the next generation of olympic athletes. The Canadian Olympic foundation launched a groundbreaking campaign called 5 to 8, a fund matching program dedicated to raising money for the next generation of Canadian Olympians. The initiative targets athletes that are 5 to 8 years away from an Olympic podium and helps them define and perfect their skills by providing financial support, specialized training, equipment and access to innovative sport science.
To launch the program and encourage other Canadians to give, David and Ruth Asper and their children Daniel, Rebecca and Max announced the largest individual donation to Olympic sport in Canadian history by a factor of ten, unveiling a transformative $2.5 million contribution to the Next Generation Initiative. The contribution will be supplemented through the Government of Canada’s fund matching program, bringing the total value of the Asper donation to $5 million.
5to8 was created to encourage all Canadians to give to our Next Generation athletes in need. Every donation made to 5to8 will be doubled by the Government of Canada making every dollar worth twice as much to help support the Next Gen of Team Canada..
My guest is one on these Next Gen Olympic hopefuls and also the first ever guest who is not an Olympian…yet!
Pierce Lepage is 6 foot 7, 22 year old Canadian track athlete prodigy who competes in the decathlon. He burst on the scene by winning the RBC Training Ground talent identification program in 2016 and then went on to win the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships and the silver medal in the decathlon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
He is aiming for the Tokyo Olympics and is motivated as ever.
Some of the topics we covered:
- How he got into his sport
- The difficulties of training for 10 sports
- How he gets ready for competitions
- His mindset going into the final stretch for qualifications for 2020
- His huge passion for Esports and League of Legends
- How the 5 to 8 campaign will impact him and athletes around him
- The importance of funding to reach the Olympic podium
- The best advice he ever received
- Which person in the world he would like to have a coffee with
And much more..