Local athlete wins bursary at Summer Games
Sixteen talented athletes and outstanding community leaders, including one from Cranbrook, were recognized with a Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.
The bursary recipients were chosen from over 350 applicants for their significant achievements in sport and education and most importantly for their leadership contributions to their schools, community, or sport associations. The athletes are from 16 different communities around the province and their leadership involvement includes service with student councils, community events, food banks, fundraising, coaching, and officiating, to name a few.
“Coast Capital Savings is committed to building a richer future for youth in the communities where we live and work,” said Maureen Young, Manager, Community Partnerships for Coast Capital Savings. “These young athletes have demonstrated dedication and commitment to their sport, their communities, and their schooling. We’re thrilled to be able to contribute to their future goals with the presentation of these bursaries.”
Cranbrook’s Zoe Chore was part of the Kootenays rowing team at the BC Summer Games and is also an accomplished ski racer. Chore works with a variety of community events and encourages her friends to get involved. “I am helping today but, more importantly I am setting myself up for a lifetime of volunteerism because I want to shape a positive future. Volunteering is fun, it helps communities grow and I don’t think a community would function without volunteers.”
The BC Summer Games are an important opportunity for athlete development, but through sport, these athletes are also learning lifelong skills of commitment and leadership. “The response to this bursary opportunity shows that these athletes are not only leaders on the field of play but also in their home communities,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.