By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
January 16, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF) and the University of Victoria Department of Athletics and Recreation are pleased to announce women’s rower, Stephanie Polomark, as the fourth winner of the Bates Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award.
The Belmont Senior Secondary grad is first year pre-business major with a passion for sustainability and the environment. Polomark strives to obtain a degree in international business and sees athletics as an important factor in her life.
David Bate, whose family has created the generous award, said he remembered leaving Victoria to attend McGill on a full scholarship and left with a belief that he needed to leave town to get a great student and educational experience.
“A year later I was back and spent the next eight years at the University of Victoria getting a world-class education, while living in one of the best communities in the world,” said Bate who is currently living in South Africa where he works as an investment banker. “The University of Victoria is an important part of our community. Athletics is an important part of our community. Kids graduating from Victoria-area high schools shouldn’t have to move away from home to obtain an education and advance their athletic ambitions.”
Bate said he believes it is important to support his alma mater.
“The University of Victoria needs the financial firepower and community platform to attract local athletes to its teams,” Bate said. “Hopefully this award marks the beginning of a greater opportunity for local kids to get a world-class education while playing on varsity teams at UVic. And, hopefully, their contributions help these teams perform well and enhance Victoria’s long legacy of athletic achievements that continues to make Victoria one of the best communities to live in, in the world.”
Polomark has been an active member on the high performance scene having spent time competing and training at the provincial and national level. Her achievements extend off the water and into the classroom receiving several distinctions for academics including the Grade Twelve District Scholarship and the Donald & Evelyn Munro Schoalrship. Polomark took first place in a 2010 French speaking competition showing further the mark of a true student-athlete.
In her first season with the Vikes, Polomark returned after a summer lower back injury and trained full time with the Vikes rowing program. Polomark is the fourth recipient of the prestigious award, first awarded in 2010-11 to swimmer Julia Schmidt and then to cross-country and track’s Patrick Psotka in 2011-12 and women’s soccer player Sarah Douglas in 2012-13.
Victoria enjoys a stellar sports history and we celebrate the many athletes, teams and builders who have contributed to that history. The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Famehonours these people in their displays at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (2500 Blanshard St.) through Gate Three.
Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award – Past Recipients:
2013-14 Stephanie Polomark, Rowing, Belmont Senior Secondary
2012-13 Sarah Douglas, Soccer, Glenlyon Norfolk School
2011-12 Patrick Psotka, Track, Oak Bay High
2010-11 Julia Schmidt, Swimming, Lambrick Park Secondary
More about the Bate Family Scholarship: http://web.uvic.ca/givingtouvic/Donor_Bio/B/John_and_Marilyn_Bate.php