FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 30, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Spirit Run is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of The Frank Reynolds Bursary – Eliyah Brawdy of Smithers, BC, Aidan Doherty and Megan Roxby of West Vancouver, BC.
“We would like to say a special thank you to ASICS and all of our partners as we acknowledge their generous donations and support for the event. The Spirit Run, year after year, continues to offer a wonderful experience for athletes, young and old, to participate in the sport of cross country on a world class cross country course”, said Chris Winter, President of the Vancouver Spirit Run organizing committee. “I would also like to thank our selection committee for nominating such exceptional recipients again this year, and we wish Eliyah, Aidan, and Megan continued success in their athletic pursuits and post-secondary education”.
This award is administered by the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Spirit Run and financed from the proceeds of the Vancouver Spirit Run and support from our sponsors. Eligible applicants must be residents of BC and be matriculating students progressing to post-secondary study. The $500.00 Bursaries are awarded to individual(s) who have: demonstrated exceptional ability and show considerable promise in Track and Field, Road Running, or Cross Country Running (Athletics), demonstrate financial need, have attained an acceptable academic record, and have demonstrated qualities of character, leadership, and volunteering.
Richard Sullivan, the President of ASICS Canada, said, “We have been proud supporters of The Vancouver Spirit Run since the very beginning, and it’s especially rewarding to see this event develop over the last 10 years to become the largest race in the 8-event Lower Mainland Cross-Country Series. Our involvement and presence at a grass roots and community level continues to represent the direction of our brand, and we’re very happy to celebrate and applaud the accomplishments of these worthy recipients”.
2018 – RECIPIENTS OF THE FRANK REYNOLDS BURSARY
Eliyah Brawdy – A highly determined grade 12 student-athlete with an exceptional work ethic Eliyah currently attends Smithers Secondary School in Smithers, BC. A relative newcomer to the sports of Track and Field and Cross Country Eliyah has witnessed exceptional improvement since she began training seriously in the Spring of 2017. Eliyah has shown great promise in the 2000m Steeplechase, 3000m, and Cross Country and has accepted an offer to attend Trinity Western University where she hopes to pursue a degree in Business Administration.
Aidan Doherty – A grade 12 student-athlete attending West Vancouver Secondary in West Vancouver, B.C., Aiden made his mark on the Provincial running scene this past Fall at the BC High School Cross Country Championships where he placed 3rd, improving significantly from his 37th place the year prior. Aiden plans to take his talents to St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he will train under Coach and Olympic Marathoner Eric Gillis.
Megan Roxby – A grade 12 student-athlete attending West Vancouver Secondary in West Vancouver, B.C., Megan is a 5-time provincial medalist in the 800m and 1500m at the BC High School Track & Field Championships and in 2017 was a member of Team BC that travelled to Kingston for the Canadian XC Championships. Megan has committed to attend Simon Fraser University where she plans to compete on their track and field and cross country teams while pursuing a degree in Kinesiology.
About The Vancouver Spirit Run
The 2018 Vancouver Spirit Run is set for September 23rd, 2018 at Jericho Beach Park. The Vancouver Spirit Run, part of the BC Athletics, Lower Mainland Cross-Country Series, is a Cross Country and Trail running event featuring something for everyone at Jericho Beach Park. It is the realization of the late coach Frank Reynolds’ vision to have a mass participation cross country event while encouraging and supporting British Columbia High School and University athletes through charitable donations and scholarship programs.
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For more information about The Vancouver Spirit Run, visit www.vancouverspiritrun.com
“I believe that sport teaches you what is really worthwhile in life and how much you can get out of hard work, sacrifice, and commitment”. – Frank Reynolds