2006 WISE Fund Recipients

West Coast Adaptive Rowing – Vancouver, BC
Category: Organization
Sport: Rowing
Supported by: Rowing Canada

West Coast Adaptive Rowing is the first ever adaptive rowing program in BC. Led by coach Kristina Molloy, a former UBC rowing coach, this group will use the WISE Fund grant for the purchase of specialized rowing equipment for parapalegics such as chairs, oars and back supports. This growing sport will continue to flourish and is slated to be added to the program for the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games.

 

Saskatoon Zone 6 Sports Council – Saskatoon, SASK
Category: Organization
Sport: Multi
Supported by: Canadian Sport Centre – Saskatchewan

The Sasktoon Sports Council is presenting “Intro to Sports” camps for aboriginal youth. Along with a host of community partners such as Bison Nation Softball, Big Sisters of Saskatoon, the White Buffalo Youth Lodge and many more, these camps will offer opportunities for girls who are categorized as “at risk” to experience a variety of different sports. The WISE Fund grant will go towards transportation, facility rental, equipment and instructor fees.

 

Bell High School – Ottawa, ON
Category: Organization
Sport: Multi
Supported by: Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD)

Bell High School’s innovative “Girls in Sport Day” is designed to encourage girls to get active and stay active as they transition into high school. The conference gives grade 7 and grade 8 students an overview of athletic opportunities at Bell High using grade 11 and 12 female physical education students/student-athletes as mentors and role models. By sharing their personal experiences in sport, the senior students hope to encourage the younger girls to stay active. WISE Fund monies will be used for information kits, lunch and snacks and other event-related expenses.

Leanne Keyko – Sherwood Park, AB
Category: Coach/Official/Sport Administrator
Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Age: 25
Supported by: Team Canada Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Program (Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association)

Leanne was introduced to the sport of wheelchair basketball during her Bachelor of Physical Education practicum at the University of Alberta where she had the opportunity to develop strength and conditioning programs for two Paralympic athletes. After completing her practicum requirements she continued to work with these athletes in her spare time and is now in the process of completing her coaching certification so that she can become more knowledgeable about the sport-specific aspects of wheelchair basketball. Leanne plans to use the WISE Fund grant for coaching courses as she works towards her goal of becoming a certified Level 3 coach.

Ally Read – Halifax, NS
Category: Coach/Official/Sport Administrator
Sport: Soccer
Age: 21
Supported by: Canadian Soccer Association

A varsity athlete at St. Mary’s University, a member of the Athens United Senior Women’s soccer team and coach of a girls U-14 soccer team, Ally hopes to attain higher levels of coaching certification so that she can continue to provide learning opportunities to her girls. Her hectic schedule as both a competitive player and a coach, makes it difficult to attend coaching clinics and seminars. Ally plans to use the WISE Fund grant to travel out of province for coaching clinics in Ontario that will provide her with the skills she is seeking and also coincide with her school break.

 

Sabra Timmins – Edmonton, AB
Category: Coach/Official/Sport Administrator
Sport: Freestyle Ski
Age: 25
Supported by: Canadian Freestyle Ski Association

Recently selected as the women’s freestyle ski coach for Team Alberta at the 2007 Canada Games, Sabra is the only female freestyle head coach in her province. With only four years of coaching experience under her belt, she is anxious to attain level 3 certification before the Games. Sabra will use the WISE Fund grant to travel to the necessary coaching clinics so that she can achieve level 3 status which will make her the most qualified practicing female freestyle coach in Alberta!

Mitzi Hepburn – Wiarton, ON
Category: Athlete
Sport: Wheelchair Basketball & Adaptive Rowing
Age: 21
Supported by: Rowing Canada

Mitzi has always been active in sport, so when she lost her leg in a motor vehicle accident two years ago, she immediately began looking for new sport opportunities. She has fallen in love with wheelchair basketball and rowing and is currently pursuing a spot on the national rowing team. As a student in the Athletic Therapy program at Sheridan College, Mitzi knows the value of staying active and maintaining a healthy body and sees her involvement in sport as an athlete with a disability as a way to continue her love of sport! She plans to use the WISE Fund grant to pay for her registration fees, specialized equipment and travel costs.

Paige Zarazun – Vancouver, BC
Category: Athlete
Sport: Cycling
Age: 12
Supported by: Canadian Cycling Association

Paige is a grade 6 student who already has a long list of athletic and academic achievements, but BMX racing has been her passion since being introduced to the sport by her grandmother at the age of 4. Paige has held the title of Canadian national champion for three years and was named female BMXer of the year by Cycling BC in 2004. She now has her sights set on being a member of the 2012 Olympic team. She plans to use the WISE Fund monies to travel to national and international competitions this summer where she will be exposed to the top competitors in the world.

Janet Sillman – Kaministiquia, ON
Category: Athlete
Sport: Cycling
Age: 51
Supported by: Canadian Cycling Association

In 1990 Janet thought it was time to “retire” from competitive sports and get on with life, but in 2004 she rejoined the sports arena to compete in the 2005 World Masters Games in the cycling time trial. Despite much trepidation and with encouragement from her family and former coach, Janet began training and competing at local, provincial and national events. To her surprise, she was soon performing better than before! Her faster race times earned her gold medals across the board and the respect and admiration of fellow racers. As Janet continues her quest for more gold medals the WISE Fund grant will be used to off-set her travel costs for 2006 which are estimated at over $8000.

Marita Malo – St. Andrews, MB
Category: Athlete
Sport: Swimming
Age: 13
Supported by: Swim Canada

Marita is a dedicated athlete who only learned how to swim at the age of 10 when she walked through the doors of her local pool for the very first time. After three months of swimming lessons, she entered her 1st competition and has not looked back. Despite her lack of experience, she is already swimming competitively at the top of her age group and regularly competes against athletes who are 17 and 18 years old. As a result, she has been selected as a member of Team Manitoba and the Manitoba Elite Swim Team and has been identified as having the potential to be an Olympic athlete. Financial support is crucial to Marita’s continued involvement in the sport. She comes from a large family who is struggling to financially support their talented daughter plus she lives 45 minutes from her training site. WISE Fund monies will be used for Marita’s registration fees and training costs.

Amanda Malley – Miramichi, NB
Category: Athlete
Sport: Archery
Age: 17
Supported by: Canadian Federation of Archers

Amanda loves her chosen sport of archery and is currently seeking a spot on the New Brunswick archery team that will compete at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse. Unfortunately, Amanda does not own the necessary equipment required for her sport. She currently uses club equipment that is shared with other club members. Her coaches feel that Amanda needs her own fitted equipment in order to excel at the next level. She will use the WISE Fund grant for purchase of a recurve bow, arrow rest, target sight and arrows that she will use at the upcoming Canadian championship.

Jenna Gallant – Winsbe, PEI
Category: Athlete
Sport: Speed Skating
Age: 21
Supported by: Speed Skating Canada

Jenna was introduced to the sport of speed skating at the age of 12 where she competed with the PEI Speed Skate Club. She quickly excelled – representing her province at national and North American competitions. In order to take it to the next level, four years ago Jenna moved to Calgary for the opportunity to train at the Olympic Oval with Canada’s best athletes and coaches. She is currently within reach of making the national team and is the first person from PEI to train at the Oval in the short track program. Jenna will use the WISE Fund grant for travel costs, training fees and new equipment.