The 2009 Larry Ashley Scholarship winners are Lucas Fletcher, of Surrey and Brooke Lemire of Delta.
Larry Ashley was an athletic trainer of the Vancouver Canucks from 1981 until September 1995 when he passed away from cancer. As a leader in his field, Ashley continuously demonstrated his passion and dedication towards the fields of sport medicine and athletic training. Initiated in 1996, his scholarship program provides students financial assistance to assist them in achieving their own educational goals. To qualify candidates must be a BC resident, under the age of 25 and be studying sports medicine, athletic training or a related field for up to four years at a recognized tertiary educational institution in North America. This year’s Larry Ashley Scholarship winners are Lucas Fletcher and Brooke Lemire.
Lucas Fletcher, 18, is a recent graduate of Sullivan Heights Secondary school in Surrey. Lucas is currently enrolled in Douglas College in the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching Program. His future goal is to become an athletic trainer for a professional sports team. While maintaining a high academic average, Lucas has also managed to be involved in sports teams, volunteer environmental groups, community fundraising organizations and in his schools PE department at a teacher’s assistant. Lucas’s hard work and perseverance in athletics, training and community fields has made him a perfect recipient for the Larry Ashley Scholarship.
Brooke Lemire, 19, is a Delta Secondary Graduate who is currently in the Sport Science Diploma Program with plans to major in Human Kinetics. With a lifelong interest in sports and nutrition, she is looking to pursue a career in this academic area. Brooke has been heavily involved in her schools team sports including soccer, volleyball and basketball and also competes in her city’s soccer and fast pitch leagues. Brooke has managed to continually excel in balancing her work, sports and education. Brooke’s academic achievements include obtaining Honor Roll and Principles list as well as yearly Academic Certificate Awards for her entire high school education. A coach’s dream, and role model to her fellow soccer teammates, Brooke will be representing Douglas College as a part of the Douglas Royals Women’s soccer team. We know Brooke will continue to excel in her education and athletics pursuits and therefore have chosen her as a recipient of this year’s Larry Ashley Scholarship.Story by Leah Peden, Canucks Centre Student Associate