Two BC athletes win Spirit of Sandra junior scholarships

Sandra Schmirler

Two BC curlers have been selected as ‘Spirit of Sandra Schmirler’ Junior Scholarship winners.

Tyler Tardi from Surrey and Megan Daniels from Delta are both recipients of $5,000 scholarships which they will use towards post-secondary education.

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation has awarded six $5,000 scholarships to junior curlers, with the remaining four going to juniors in other provinces. All scholars will benefit from mentoring by world champion curlers, Jon Mead and Cathy Overton-Clapham.

Tyler Tardi, who skipped his BC team to a gold medal at provincials and a bronze medal at nationals, will be attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Business Entrepreneurial Leadership program. He was named 2016 Curl BC Junior Male Athlete. Along with Sterling Middleton, Mary Fay, and Karlee Burgess, his team won a gold medal at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. Tyler volunteers for BC Special Olympics, the BC Senior Games and BC Children’s Hospital.

Megan Daniels is in her third year of history at Simon Fraser University with an archaeology major. Her team won the silver medal at the 2016 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. Megan’s dream is to someday represent Canada at the Olympics. She is a Certified Club Coach and has volunteered at Delta Thistle Curling Club for seven years.

Spirit of Sandra scholarships are financed through non-receipted funds collected at Crowd Sweeps across Canada. Each of the Scholars will organize a fundraising event in their own community. Scholars will then have the opportunity to award a $10,000 gift to a hospital of their choice to purchase life-saving equipment for their Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The Scholars will come together for the first time at a camp in Winnipeg this summer that will be hosted by Jon and Cathy, who are also volunteer Directors on the Board of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

“Cathy and I are honoured to mentor these curlers who truly have remarkable talents and abilities. The application process is rigorous and these six junior curlers excel both in curling and at school plus they all actively volunteer in their own communities”, said Jon Mead. “We are delighted to continue to help these young athletes reach for the stars, and realize their full potential”, added Cathy Overton-Clapham.

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