Mary Leliveld Triathlon - BC Bursary 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.

Mary died way to early at the age of 40 of melanoma. Her spirits lives on and inspired her friends to host a Club Fat Ass event in her name. Mary Leliveld's Happy Trail Run was conceived as way for friends to celebrate Mary's life and as a fundraiser for a bursary fund set up in her name. 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

TriBC distributes a minimum of $500 annually, with a payout of no less than $250.  For the 2008/09 year,  23 year old university student, Karen Forsman,  was awarded $500, helping to off set her expenses associated with the World Championships in Australia. 

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:

Tracey Mager