Newfoundland Student Receives 2008 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship



    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the
Carol Anne Letheren Foundation (CALF) announced today that Victoria Ralph of
Carbonear, Nfld., is the recipient of the 2008 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership
and Sport Scholarship. The three-year, $1,500-per-year university award is
designed to support young women who have demonstrated excellence in athletics,
academics and leadership in the community.
    Ralph, 18, is a Grade 12 student at Carbonear Collegiate High School,
expected to graduate this month. With a 92% average, Ralph is set to study
biochemistry at Memorial University in Newfoundland, where she has already
been recruited for the women's varsity wrestling team.
    Recently selected as the Provincial High School Female Athlete of the
Year by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador, Ralph's goal is to become a
member of the province's 2009 Summer Games Triathlon Team. Ralph's athletic
prowess stretches to many sports, including soccer, track and field,
basketball, cross country running and - her greatest passion - wrestling.
Ralph was a member of Team Newfoundland and Labrador in wrestling at the 2005
Canada Summer Games.
    Ralph said it was "amazing" to learn she had won the scholarship. "Carol
Anne is an inspiration and has influenced so many people, including athletes
and students, and her name continues to carry on that legacy in Canada today.
She was an amazing person who worked so hard to advance women in sport so I
was very excited when I found out. Unfortunately Carol Anne did not get to see
the inauguration of my favourite sport, women's wrestling, at the 2004 Olympic
Games which I am sure she would have been very proud of."
    Ralph has also given back to her community through sport. She developed a
basketball program, Rising Starz Basketball, through which young girls can
learn the sport. She also coaches Paralympic soccer and ringette. Inspired by
Terry Fox and Rick Hanson, Ralph co-founded an event called Bike the Rock for
Health. In 2007, the event included an eight-day 915 km bike ride across
Newfoundland, with funds going to the Trinity Conception Placentia Health
Foundation.
    "Victoria is a great leader for youth and sport and is tremendously
accomplished both athletically and academically. We are happy to award her
with this year's Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship," said
Diane Chabot, Founding Director of the Carol Anne Letheren Foundation.

    The Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship was created in
memory of former COC Chief Executive Officer and International Olympic
Committee member Carol Anne Letheren, who passed away in 2001 and was an
ambassador in the advancement of women in sport and in the Canadian Olympic
Movement. Developed by CALF and the COC, the scholarship provides $1,500 per
year for three years while the recipient is enrolled in a post-secondary
Canadian institution.

    The COC is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to
sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects of Canada's involvement in
the Olympic Movement, including Canada's participation in the Olympic and Pan
American Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic
Movement in Canada through cultural and educational means. For more
information, visit www.olympic.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Steve Keogh, Manager, Communications, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 806-3949, Email:
skeogh@olympic.ca

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