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PISE – (Victoria, BC – March 29, 2019) PISE’s mandate of providing opportunities for youth to excel in sport has been enhanced by the announcement of the recipients of two performance training scholarships – the Dr. Liz Ashton Training Scholarship and the Chris Considine Bursary.

The scholarship awards valued each at $500 from Dr. Liz Ashton, and $1,000 from Chris Considine are available to youth athletes who have excelled in their sport, demonstrated positive leadership and sportsmanship, maintained a positive academic performance and are interested in taking their sport performance to the next level.

Cecilia Way from Reynolds Secondary School and Lily Mannal-Fretwell from St. Margaret’s School each receive $500 from the Dr. Liz Ashton Training Scholarship for their achievements in soccer. “This scholarship will help me achieve my goal of being a strong player on the Queen’s University Women’s Soccer team in September,” said Way. “This will also help me improve my fitness off field and to become a more well-rounded player.”

“I am hoping to put the scholarship towards a gym membership at PISE, or to work with one of PISE’s personal strength trainer’s,” said Mannal-Fretwell. “Either one of these options will help me become stronger, which will then help me in soccer. I am so grateful that I now have these opportunities.”

Alisa Lyesina and Colette Reimer each receive $1,000 from the Chris Considine Bursary. Lyesina is a track and cross-country runner from Oak Bay High School, and Reimer is a triathlete from St. Margaret’s School. “With this bursary, I hope to continue progressing in track and cross country,” said Lyesina. “One of my goals for the 2019 track season is to represent Team Canada at the 2019 Pan American Junior Athletic Championships. Long term, it would be to represent Canada at the World Championships and the Olympics.”

“I am honoured to be chosen to receive the Chris Considine award. It is greatly appreciated and will help support me to achieve my goals this season in racing,” said Reimer. “I would like to represent Canada internationally as a Junior triathlete at the 2019 Lausanne World Triathlon Championships. My long-term goal is to one day compete alongside Team Canada as a triathlete at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games.”

Dr. Liz Ashton was a driving force in establishing PISE in 2008. With a passion for academics and sport excellence, she served as President of Camosun College, and has represented Canada on the world stage in Olympic and International events in Equestrian Sport. She is also the recipient of the Governor General Caring Canadian Award (2014).

Chris Considine, a prominent lawyer with a passion for climbing, cycling and running, has been deeply impacted by sport and physical activity throughout his life. He understands the value of high-performance sport in developing youth and the great need for young athletes to receive financial support to assist them on their journeys of sport excellence.

 “As a charitable non-profit, PISE looks to provide opportunity to everyone and support to those in financial need. This includes support of developing athletes,” says Stacey Lund, Business Development Manager at PISE. “Through the generous support of sponsors and donors they offer performance training scholarship opportunities and athlete bursaries for youth athletes.”



For more information contact:

Stacey Lund
Business Development Manager, PISE


Photos of the recipients available upon request