Megan Daniels is Spirit of Sandra scholarship winner

Delta curler Megan Daniels has won the Spirit of Sandra scholarship for a second time.

It is the fifth year in a row that the Sandra Schmirler Foundation has awarded six $5,000 scholarships to junior curlers pursuing their competitive curling dreams while continuing their post-secondary education.

Megan, who also won the prize last year, is studying History at Simon Fraser University and juggling full-time studies, curling competitively and working part-time. Megan said: “I curl because of my love of the sport. My dream this year is to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships and ultimately at the Olympics.”

Megan also volunteers with junior curling programs. “Seeing these kids curling just for fun, reminds me there is so much more than competition”.

The other prize winners were from other provinces and include Karsten Sturmay and Emily Plett from Alberta, Hayden Forrester from Manitoba, Derek Leung from Ontario and Kyle Barron from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Scholars will have the added benefit of mentoring with champion curlers, Cathy Overton-Clapham and Pat Simmons.

“Pat and I are really looking forward to mentoring these young curlers who are talented in so many different ways. The application process for the Spirit of Sandra Scholarships is challenging and very competitive. These six scholars excel both athletically and academically. They are engaged with their communities and committed to giving back to curling and to keeping Sandra’s legacy alive”, said Cathy. “Both of us are honoured to work with these amazing young athletes and contribute to the realization of their personal dreams and aspirations”, added Pat.

As part of their scholarship, each of the scholars will organize a fundraising event in their own community. The scholars will have the opportunity to award a $10,000 grant to a hospital of their choice to purchase life-saving equipment for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

All of the scholars will gather in Winnipeg this summer for a camp hosted by Cathy
and Pat who are both volunteers for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.