The ‘Spirit of Sarah Scholarship’ Recipient Announced
The judging panel, which includes Sarah's mother Jan Phelan, Sarah's husband Rory Bushfield, Canadian National Halfpipe Team Head Coach Trennon Paynter and Momentum Camp Director John Smart were impressed with Megan's drive and passion for Freestyle.
Camp Director John Smart says, "It is always very hard each year to select the recipient of this scholarship, but Megan shows many of the characteristics, drive and love of skiing that helped Sarah achieve what she did."
Jan says, "I thought she had great "Sarah spirit" – cheerful, good attitude, smiles, and she seems like a girl who would really try and work hard. Saying that skiing is her "happy place" could have been a quote from Sarah. Although she has only been at freestyle for a year I think her potential is really good, with her front and backflips and 720's on snow and her ambition to raise the bar and ultimately compete at X Games and the Olympics."
Megan, who was inspired by her older brother to take up freestyle skiing, is a member of the Agenda Freeski Club and participates in many other sports, including trampoline and gymnastics which will stand her in good stead.
The 'Spirit of Sarah Scholarship' was created in honour and memory of long time Momentum coach and former camper Sarah Burke, who died in a tragic ski accident in 2012. One of the causes dear to Sarah’s heart was encouraging young girls to follow their dreams and believe in their skiing abilities. She inspired so many young women through her incredible skiing talent and strength, but more importantly through her demonstration of modesty, kindness and her wonderful approach to life. Sarah was a camper with Momentum for 4 years and a coach for 11 years.