BC Soccer Association awards over $13,000 to top academic athletes across the Province

Vancouver, BC – BC Soccer is proud to present twelve (12) Scholarships to some of BC’s most inspiring and promising individuals.  Recipients came from all across British Columbia - Lake Country and Nelson to Victoria and Port Coquitlam - showing the true breadth of soccer in our province.  It is important to recognize individuals who not only excel in academics and contribute to society but are fully immersed in soccer at many different levels.

BC Soccer’s legal service partner, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP has generously provided BC Soccer with two scholarships this year to Ashton Olfert from Lake Country, and Ali Lamei from North Vancouver.  Ashton’s evolvement in soccer has taken her to LCYSA Board of Directors, during which she has played, refereed and mentored referees for the past six years.  This dedication has rightfully earned her this scholarship.  Ali has been involved with the soccer community for years, playing, coaching and refereeing within the North Shore Youth Soccer Association.  

Sarah Gibbs (Victoria) is receiving a scholarship from BC Soccer’s partner, Soccer Express and adidas.  Praised for her academic achievements, Sarah has been a top student, most inspirational athlete and poetry in voice champion.  Brad Leitch, founder and President of Soccer Express stated, “Soccer Express is proud to be once again able to support the BC Soccer scholarship programs. Being lucky enough to work in the sport that we love we know that with hard work and passion these young recipients can accomplish all of their goals and we are happy to be able to be part of this. We are extremely happy to present this to Sarah and hope this helps her achieve her personal goals.”

Liana Glass (North Vancouver) and Jordan Bordignon (Coquitlam) both received scholarships from BC Soccer’s travel partner, UniGlobe Vision Travel.  Not only are these students on the Principal’s Honors List, with 90% or above academic averages, they provide support to their community through soccer.  Liana is a volunteer coach for the ‘Street Soccer for Everyone’ program which was recently launched in North Vancouver.  This program is designed to allow participation for children who may have developmental or physical disabilities.  Jordan has led by example as captain of many teams, helping lead the way to multiple district and league championships.

BC Soccer Insurance provider All Sport Insurance have once again contributed to the success of graduates, providing Jessica Arthur (Port Coquitlam) with a scholarship to help obtain her Ph.D. in Psychology.  “In addition to pushing myself academically, I strive for excellence in my physical endeavors.  I am a committed athlete and participate in track and field, cross country running and play on two soccer teams.”  This dedication from Jessica is what our Awards and Scholarship Committee looks for in a recipient.

The Pacific Coast Soccer League has once again sponsored a scholarship, this year being awarded to Elise Butler (Victoria).  High praise from all her references, tote her to be “well respected by her peers and is considered a positive and capable leader” and “deserving of any recognition that comes her way.”  Her vocational goal is to tackle her MBA in Victoria while continuing on with her passion for soccer.

Julia Lauzon (Surrey) is the recipient of this year’s Sandra Duncan Scholarship funded by the South District Girls Soccer Association for her outstanding academic achievements combined with her dedication to soccer.  Julia has several admissions offers and opportunities to play varsity soccer at top academic institutions, based off her time with Surrey United, as well as BC Soccer’s Provincial Program.  BC Soccer’s Programs Coach, Markus Reinkens stated, “Julia is a great example of student athlete, her dedication both on and off the field is first class and is an excellent recipient for this award.”

The Dancey Family Scholarship, funded by the Surrey Metro Soccer Association in memory of George, Mary and Ron Dancey, is being awarded to Adrienne Juni (Burnaby).  Her involvement in soccer includes playing for the past nine years, refereeing for the last six years, and being a head coach for the Burnaby Girls U11 Thunderbolts.  “Adrienne’s academic accomplishments are particularly remarkable when you consider her high level of involvement in activities at the school and beyond,” said her academic counsellor, adding that she is “a cut above the rest.”  Don Dancey, Board Director at BC Soccer added, “On behalf of the Dancey Family, we are very pleased to be able to award this year’s scholarship to Adrienne, a well deserving individual.”

Andrew Oxtoby (Burnaby) plays, coaches and mentors young players within Wesburn Youth Soccer Club.  Andrew runs a Goalkeeper Skills Development session every Sunday, displaying sportsmanship and leadership.  He wishes to be “a professional Soccer Goalkeeper Coach and continue to work within Community Soccer,” proving he is well deserving of Mainland Soccer League’s Scholarship.  Andrew is very excited about this opportunity, “I have had the privilege of playing soccer within Burnaby for the last 13 years and the opportunity to coach and mentor the goalkeepers of Wesburn Youth Soccer for the last two seasons.  I would like to thank everyone at BC Soccer, Mainland Soccer League and all the youth soccer volunteers for all their dedication.”

The British Columbia Soccer Referee Association has selected Spencer Kilbank (Victoria) as the recipient for their scholarship this year.  “Spencer is a registered BC Soccer Association District level referee whom has contributed tremendously to the development and support of younger officials in the Saanich Fusion Youth Soccer Association as well as Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA),” praise coming from the LISA Referee Development Committee.  Next year, he will continue his support of LISA while attending the University of Victoria.     

BC Soccer awarded Andrew Woodward (Nelson) with a scholarship to aid his dream to become an engineer through the University of Victoria.  “Soccer has been a huge part of my life since I was five, and I hope to continue to play/coach recreationally in University and for the rest of my life.”  Andrew is one of Nelson’s top students in terms of academics, sports and leadership and is well deserving of this scholarship.  

 “The breadth of soccer participation in our province can be measured by the number of applicants for this year’s scholarships and the wide range of regions in which they live.  We are very proud to be able to recognize these worthy recipients and wish them continued success in their academic and soccer careers,” said Roger Barnes, President of BC Soccer.

BC Soccer wishes to thank a number of sponsors for their support in assisting with these including Uniglobe Vision Travel, Soccer Express/adidas, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, South District Girls (Sandra Duncan Scholarship) Surrey Metro Soccer Association (The Dancey Family Scholarship), All-Sport Marketing Insurance, Mainland Soccer League, the Pacific Coast Soccer League, and BCSRA.

BC Soccer will recognize all of these individuals by hosting them at the Vancouver Whitecaps versus New England Revolution MLS game on Saturday June 15, 2013 where they will be presented with their scholarships.

A full list of scholarship recipients can be found one our Scholarships page.

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play.

Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence. BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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