AthletesCAN welcomes Summer 2022 interns, unveils inaugural Creative Champions Program

Summer Intern headshots - Anthony Bruno and Grigori Peregoudov

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is pleased to welcome its Summer 2022 interns and unveil the inaugural participants in its landmark Creative Champions content production program

Grigori Peregoudov and Anthony Bruno will be working closely with AthletesCAN staff and Board of Directors over the coming weeks, with Peregoudov serving as Operations Intern, and reporting to Alicia Renaud-Paquin, AthletesCAN’s new Manager of Athlete Projects and Operations. Bruno, meanwhile, has been named Marketing and Communications Intern, reporting to Alan Hudes, Manager of Communications and Sport Partnerships.

“We are thrilled to expand the AthletesCAN team with Grigori and Anthony as our interns this summer. Their experiences and skillsets were a fantastic fit for our athlete-centred culture and we look forward to providing them an engaging and meaningful learning environment."

Erin Willson - AthletesCAN President

Peregoudov is entering the final year of the Business Management program at Toronto Metropolitan University (recently renamed), set to graduate with honours in 2023. His diverse background includes experience in both project management and digital advertising, in addition to playing basketball at a professional junior level.

“I am so excited to be working alongside Grigori this summer – a talented, up-and-coming force in the sport world. He will be a great asset to the AthletesCAN team and I look forward to his support in key athlete programs and initiatives.”

Alicia Renaud-Paquin - Manager, Athlete Projects & Operations

A graduate of Centennial College’s Sports Journalism Program, Bruno has written for the school’s in-house media outlet, the Toronto Observer, where he covered the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and was mentored by TSN and Sportsnet personalities. He also holds a digital marketing certificate from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

In addition, AthletesCAN is also proud to unveil its roster of participants in the inaugural Creative Champions Program. The AthletesCAN Creative Champions are a collection of students, young professionals and national team athletes with a passion for and experience in content production who will become a voice for our members. Each Creative Champion will help to tell the stories of how the organization has played a significant advocacy role in their respective sport journeys, thereby strengthening athlete activism and empowerment across the country.

“AthletesCAN is well-positioned to spotlight the stories of our members like never before. The additions of Anthony and the Creative Champions team give us an exciting opportunity to create dynamic, engaging content promoting the voices of Canadian athletes on our various digital channels. I am excited to work with each of them to showcase our leaders looking to inspire change and ultimately raise the visibility of AthletesCAN within the Canadian sport system.”

Alan Hudes - Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships

Peregoudov and Bruno’s internship placements and the introduction of the Creative Champions Program will allow AthletesCAN to continue delivering on the priorities of the organization’s new Strategic Plan originally launched last year: Awareness, Insight and Activation.

Full biographies for the entire Creative Champions Team can be found below.

AthletesCAN Creative Champions

Anabelle is a graduate of the Bachelor of Communication and Master of Marketing and Management Sciences programs at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is also a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

In addition to a career in international development, she is a member of her local triathlon club and through her involvement with AthletesCAN, aims to enhance the voice of Canadian high-performance athletes.

Vlada is entering her fourth year in the Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She has served as both the Manager of Events and Social Media for the U of T Sports & Business Association, and was a former competitive volleyball player and gymnast. Vlada is currently a judge for USA Gymnastics. 

Ryan is a student in the one-year Graduate Sports Journalism Program at Centennial College in Toronto, after completing the Communications and Cultural Studies program at Concordia University in Montreal. He is also a member of the Canadian Para 7-aside National Soccer Team.

Ryan is a performance and mindset coach at Zupi Performance, working with Individuals and athletes to improve their emotional fitness and wellbeing in order to optimize performance in sports and in life. Bringing his professional background to storytelling, Ryan also hosts the Zupi Autotelic Mindset Podcast, telling the stories of national teams athletes and their own performance mindset. Previously, Ryan played U SPORTS Hockey while completing his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ont.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
[email protected]