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Amateur athletes in Canada have got a $1-million boost from the Metropolitan Life Insurance company.The MetLife Amateur Athlete Assistance Program announced earlier this month provides $1 million in support over the next five years. The first 14 athletes to benefit have...

Amateur athletes in Canada have got a $1-million boost from the Metropolitan Life Insurance company.

The MetLife Amateur Athlete Assistance Program announced earlier this month provides $1 million in support over the next five years.

The first 14 athletes to benefit have already been selected; none of them are yet household names, although some – Nicolas Gill, Paige Gordon, Anne Montminy and Annie Pelletier – may be familiar to those who follow judo and diving.

The amount each athlete gets is based on performance, with payments ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 a year.

As part of the program, Metropolitan Life has also committed $100,000 to the Canadian Paralypic Committee to support Canada’s disabled athletes.

Ottawa-based Metropolitan Life’s commitment to athletics is not new.

The company was a recent sponsor of biathlete Myriam Bedard, a double gold winner at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. DC