Scholarship Awards Dinner April 16, 2019
Our 24th annual celebration!!!
Updated Wednesday April 17, 2019 by Kitchener Sports Association.
PHOTO: Scholarship recipients for 2019:(Back:L-R) Christian Hauck (guest speaker), Matt Charlton, Parker Ball, Thomas Baker, Ben MacLaurin, Neha Lalany and Bob Fedy (Chair of the Scholarship Committee). (Front: L-R) Grace Ohrling, Rehnuma Tasneem, Kavisha Barran, Alice Miller and Shawnia Yousefi.
April 16, 2019
KSA Scholarship Awards Dinner
Edelweiss Sports Bar
Before dinner, John Thompson, Chair of the KSA Grants Committee, made several presentations:
Laurel Creek Track Club - $2,000 grant to purchase equipment for their expanding program (javelins and shot puts). Hans Grevenstein accepted the cheque and thanked KSA for its assistance with the purchase
Waterloo Region Boxing Academy - $2,500 grant to help with the travel expenses of their 5 athletes heading off to Victoria B.C. to compete at the Canadian Nationals April 23-28.Three of the team, Katelyn Vanderlaan, Tatianna Antunes and Laina Stewart, along with Coach Rick Cadilha, were on hand for the cheque presentation.
Waterloo Ringette - $3,000 tavel grant presented to Coach Mel Norris and 3 of the Wildfire U16AA team's players (Brooklyn, Chloe and Sara) to help with the team's expenses for its PEI trip to the National Ringette Championships.
WRBA PRESENTATION - The contingent made a cheque presentation to Anne Boehm of the Children's Wish Foundation. The money was raised at the Association's annual Beatings event.
Guest Speaker: Christian Hauck
After a brief summary outlining some of Christian's accomplishments todate, Dave Hallman (Director of the Kitchener Junior Panthers) turned the podium over to Christian Hauck. Christian talked about his experience as a student-athlete, winning an OUA championship (after losing in the finals the year before), competing at a U21 Nationals, being named WLU's Athlete of the Week, etc. His main focus was on the challenges he faced at the various stages of the experience: moving away from home for school, meeting new teammates, balancing school and sports, and ... some advice for our scholarship recipients. For them, Christian has already been there! Video of Christian's presentation (519 Sports)
Scholarship Award Recipients
KSA awarded ten $1,500 scholarships this year.
Thomas Baker, Grand River Collegiate
Parker Ball, Huron Heights Secondary School
Kavisha Barran, Huron Heights Secondary School
Matt Charlton, Elmira District Secondary School
Neha Lalany, Cameron Heights Collegiate
Ben MacLaurin, Waterloo Oxford Seconday School
Alice Miller, Sir John A Macdonald Secondary School
Grace Ohrling, Forest Heights Collegiate
Rehnuma Tasneem, Eastwood Collegiate
Shawnia Yousefi, Huron Heights Secondary School
KSA Photos of the evening's proceedings
Congratulations to this year's recipients --- well done! Thanks also to all those participated in the proceedings, the other candidates, and those who took the time to contribute references; so many high calibre student athletes in this area! We wish everyone well and are glad to be able to help make the at least some of the area's top student-athletes as they start the next phase of their academic career. Take Christian's lead and balance your sports and academics!
Special thanks to Darren Stevenson, 519 Sports, for not only covering this event and providing the video and his own photos, but for his interest in KSA and local athletes. He also interviewed several of the recipients and has those posted on YouTube as well.
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