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Zoe Chore of Cranbrook with the Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary - Submitted
Zoe Chore of Cranbrook with the Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary
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A Cranbrook youth is among 16 BC Summer Games athletes recognized for outstanding leadership at the BC Summer Games.

Zoe Chore of Cranbrook was among those presented with a Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.

The bursary recipients were chosen from over 350 applicants for their significant achievements in sport and education and most importantly for their leadership contributions to their schools, community, or sport associations.

The athletes are from 16 different communities around the province and their leadership involvement includes service with student councils, community events, food banks, fundraising, coaching, and officiating, to name a few.

Cranbrook's Zoe Chore was part of the Kootenay rowing team at the BC Summer Games and is also an accomplished ski racer. Chore works with a variety of community events and encourages her friends to get involved.

"I am helping today but, more importantly I am setting myself up for a lifetime of volunteerism because I want to shape a positive future," Chore said. "Volunteering is fun, it helps communities grow and I don't think a community would function without volunteers."

"Coast Capital Savings is committed to building a richer future for youth in the communities where we live and work," said Maureen Young, Manager, Community Partnerships for Coast Capital Savings. "These young athletes have demonstrated dedication and commitment to their sport, their communities, and their schooling.  We're thrilled to be able to contribute to their future goals with the presentation of these bursaries."

The BC Summer Games are an important opportunity for athlete development, but through sport, these athletes are also learning lifelong skills of commitment and leadership. "The response to this bursary opportunity shows that these athletes are not only leaders on the field of play but also in their home communities," said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.

"We were impressed with the involvement of these young leaders and are proud to call them all BC Games alumni."

Below is the full list of recipients of the Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary for the 2014 BC Summer Games:

Matthew Armstrong (Surrey, volleyball),Nolan Badovinac (Port Alberni, wrestling), Zoe Chore (Cranbrook, rowing), Sydney Fetterly (Abbotsford, basketball), Amanda Heinze (Prince George, athletics), Nisa Hofer (Burns Lake, canoe/kayak), Dylan Joyce (Chetwynd, swimming), Erika Lieu (Burnaby,soccer), Tanner Lorenson (Vernon beach volleyball), Samuel Matthew (Nelson, swimming), Trent Monkman (Telkwa, beach volleyball), Kristen Schulz (North Vancouver, athletics), Maxwell Stalling (Delta field lacrosse), Jay Taylor (Kelowna, baseball), Ryan Watt (Vancouver, rowing), Alice Young (Duncan, equestrian).

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