Four BC curlers have won prestigious scholarships from Curling Canada.
Tyler Tardi, Megan Daniels, Daniel Wenzek and Sterling Middleton all won 2016 Curling Canada Foundation For The Love of Curling scholarships valued at $1,000.
A total of 10 scholarships were handed out across the nation with BC taking four of the 10 spots.
Tardi, who skipped his BC team to a gold medal at provincials and a bronze medal at nationals, will be attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Business Entrepreneurial Leadership program.
Middleton, from Fort St John, was part of the gold-medal winning BC team, and alongside Tardi, won gold for Team Canada at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016.
Wenzek, from Burnaby, was third for Team Tardi, and also skipped the team at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships (when Tardi was at the Youth Olympic Games). The team was named the 2016 Team of the Year at the Curl BC awards.
Middleton and Wenzek will both be attending Douglas College in September.
Megan Daniels is in her third year of history at Simon Fraser University with a minor in archaeology. Her team won the silver medal at the 2016 Canadian Junior Curling Championships.
The $1,000 scholarships — funded by donations from curling fans and supporters of the Curling Canada Foundation — were introduced to help young university or college students cover a portion of their education and curling costs during the 2016-17 school year.
“Picking these 10 winners was both difficult and gratifying at the same time,” said Kathy Henderson, Curling Canada’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the selection committee. “There was an abundance of deep and diverse talent — student-athletes who excel not only on the ice and in the classroom, but also in their respective communities. Not that I had any doubt, but this process re-affirmed my belief that we have an amazing next generation of curlers coming up in our country.”
The Curling Canada Foundation philanthropic program was introduced during the 2013-14 season to help junior curling and to support curling centres in Canada. Last season, donors invested almost $400,000 in the sport of curling through Curling Canada’s Rocks & Rings programs, scholarships and grants to curling clubs.