Ampri Group, a Richmond-based development company, is sponsoring Canadian freestyle wrestling champion ArjanBhullar as he sets pace for his 2012 Olympics journey in London.
Athletic sponsorships are a rarity in the real estate development and investment field, but for Ampri Group CEO AmitSandhu, the connection between championing sport and business forged the sponsorship idea. Bhullar and Sandhu, both 27 years old, from Richmond, and SFU alumni are young leaders within their distinctive fields, determined to step up, give back, and lead by example. Beyond this, both have carved niche successes as second generation Canadians, whose parents emigrated from India and aspired to create better lives for their families.
“Arjan is a true leader in his field, striving for excellence on the ultimate world stage. We’re proud to support Arjan in his journey to Olympic Gold,” noted Sandhu. “Ampri Group believes in strengthening community through the work we do, whether it’s supporting education, health or in this case athletes and sport. This is why our partnership with Arjan was the perfect fit, he stands for doing more than just the expected. He goes above and beyond the realm of his sport.”
Sandhu, a proponent of exceeding pre-set expectations and dabbling outside of his main focus, was recently recognized by Profit Magazine’s FuEL Awards as one of the Top 20 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in Canada. He ensures his organization is a community steward by being involved in a variety of charitable organizations, and established the ‘Dream, Grow, Inspire’ scholarship program which supports several Richmond high schools. In addition, Sandhu is the Program Chair for the TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Program for Metro Program, where he and fellow entrepreneurs inspire high school students to become the next generation of business and community leaders.
Bhullar is the first Canadian South Asian to qualify for freestyle wrestling in the Olympics. He is a five-time World Team member; has won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal and in 2009 was named Canadian Wrestler of the Year. In addition, he took part in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India and brought home the gold. Training thus far has gone very well; Bhullar is optimistic about London. “I have a few weeks left to achieve this aspect of my dream, and I think it is well within my reach.”
Bhullar is a proponent of hands-on community involvement as a spokesperson for the federally and provincially funded “Violence Against Women” campaign, motivates children to achieve their goals as a member of the national program “The Esteem Team,” built the family owned Bhullar Sports Academy in Richmond. He also constructed a gym that is free for those in the village in India, where his family hails from – Arjan is a true Champion of Sport.
For Bhullar, Ampri Group’s support came as a welcome surprise. “I have never had a local company support me in my effort in the way Ampri Group has. People like the Sandhu Family enable me to have a singular focus on my dream of being an Olympic champion. I can’t thank Ampri Group enough, as their support will greatly improve my journey to the Olympics,” Bhullar said.
Bhullar’s quest for Olympic gold is not without challengers. “On the world level there are many who can be viewed as competition. And there are also domestic rivals, but like anything I am working to separate myself from all others. I rely on my focused determination and unrelenting support from family, friends and sponsors to take me to the next stages.”
Sandhu, an avid fan and fellow community advocate, respects Bhullar’s skill and professionalism and hopes Ampri Group’s sponsorship will generate more interest in the sport. “Wrestling is a challenging sport and receives a lot less attention than hockey or football,” noted Sandhu. “Arjan is a top wrestler in the country and deserves the recognition and respect.”