Canada Life sponsoring para triathlete, plan member as she pursues athletic dreams
Canada Life supports Leanne Taylor in overcoming a spinal cord injury and competing at Olympic qualifiers
Winnipeg, MB July 10, 2023 – Five years ago, Leanne Taylor suffered a spinal cord injury in a cycling accident. And now, on the five-year anniversary of her accident, she’s competing in her first qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympics as a para triathlete, sponsored by Canada Life.
Canada Life has supported Taylor since her injury, first with her benefits and return-to-work process. And now, the organization is proudly sponsoring Taylor in her athletic journey, too.
“Throughout my experience, Canada Life went above and beyond their obligations to help me. They’ve shown genuine support and partnership in my goal to go back to work and live my life in a way that’s easy and equipped with what I need,” Taylor said. “To now have their support as I go after the Olympics is something I would have never expected.”
After her injury, Canada Life paid Taylor her life insurance benefit for paralysis six months early to help cover expenses she faced adapting to life with a wheelchair. They also helped cover the cost of other things to support her day-to-day life, like a standing frame for her at-home office. The organization also worked with Taylor on a gradual return-to-work process, focused on and in celebration of each goal along the way. Six months after her injury, Leanne was back at work.
Shortly after that, she competed in her first triathlon race and was hooked.
“Leanne is already a winner in our eyes, because of her perseverance and determination in overcoming the challenges before her,” said Brad Fedorchuk, Executive Vice-President, Group Customer, Canada Life. “We’re so proud of her and feel very fortunate to be part of her story. This is what Canada Life is all about. Helping people through every life stage and challenge that we can.”
Taylor’s key races for the Paris 2024 qualifications include:
- July 8 in Montreal, Quebec
- July 15 in Long Beach, California
- August 19 in Paris, France
- September 23 in Pontevedra, Spain
Canada Life is wishing her all the best on this adventure and will be proudly rooting for her along the way.
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