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'Spirit of Sarah Scholarship'

Ellicottville skier headed to BC this summer

WHISTLER, BC - After much deliberation, the 2017 ‘Spirit of Sarah Scholarship' has been awarded to Bella Bacon, 13-years-old from Ellicottville, NY. She will enjoy a Free Full Package Ski Camp with Momentum this summer in Whistler, BC worth over $2,600, where she will be trained and mentored by Olympians and X-Games competitors.  

Bella is the 6th girl to receive the scholarship since Sarah passed away in 2012. Bella says she’s “so excited to experience the atmosphere at Momentum and learn from the best coaches.” 

The judging panel, which includes Sarah's mother Jan Phelan, Sarah's husband Rory Bushfield, National Team Halfpipe Head Coach Trennon Paynter and Camp Director John Smart were impressed with Bella’s independent, driven and yet humble approach to skiing.  

Bella informed us that she is getting ready for camp by playing soccer to stay fit and practicing on her backyard rail set-up, which she paid for and built herself in order to progress her rail skills.  

Camp Director John Smart says, “Bella shows great talent, dedication and the guts to send it. She also has a quiet demeanor and modesty that her talent hides behind.” 

Rory Bushfield also added, “Bella is a rad skier. She seems very sweet and I believe she has a bright future.” 

The 'Spirit of Sarah Scholarship' was created in honour and memory of long-time 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.