Attention Oakville high school students! The Community Education Awards Hub is now home to the Donovan Bailey Sports Excellence Scholarship, an annual scholarship awarded to an elite athlete competing in any Olympic sport (including Paralympic and Special Olympics).
Donovan Bailey graduated from Queen Elizabeth Park High School here in Oakville, where he ran his first 100-metre dash in 10.65 seconds at the age of 16. Fast forward to 1996 where Donovan won the Gold Medal for Canada in the men’s 100-metre dash and set the world record at 9.84 seconds in the Atlanta Olympic Games. He then won his second Gold Medal when he led Team Canada to first place in the men’s 4×100 relay.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of these amazing feats, the $2,500 Donovan Bailey Sports Excellence Scholarship will support a student chasing their own Olympic dreams and will be awarded to one student annually.
It was created to recognize a high-performance athlete who upholds the values of good sportsmanship and fair play in any Olympic sport. The recipient must be graduating or have graduated from an Oakville high school and be planning to pursue or pursuing post-secondary education at a CRA registered University or College.
A panel of Oakville-connected high-level, accomplished athletes and celebrities will be apart of the award-selection process alongside Donovan and include:
- Adam Graves, two-time Stanley Cup winner and former NHL player
- Elfi Schlegel, Pan-American, Commonwealth and World Cup medalist in gymnastics
- Adam van Koeverden, Olympic medalist in kayaking
- Sean Buckley, award-winning producer and recipient of multiple Gemini, Genie, CSA and International Film Festival, television and commercial awards
If you or someone you know fits this description, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a unique code to access this application in the Community Education Awards Hub.