Savannah Blair’s set for a pathway for on-track and off-track success

Posted On Thursday March 16, 2023
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Savannah Blair

An astounding student of J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax, both on and off the field Savannah Blair has been accepted into the 2022-23 Andre De Grasse Future Champions Scholarship Program. Savannah was 1 of 16 students chosen from across Canada. This Scholarship presents student athletes with an opportunity in sport like Olympic Champion Andre De Grasse, as well as removing barriers to participate in sport and provides a pathway for students on-track and off-track success (post-secondary education). The nomination for Savannah came from her gym teacher of three years, Sarah Bell-Platnar due to her outstanding efforts both on and off the field, and the ability to persevere.

It is with great pride that I share this amazing news with you. On July 10, I wrote a reference letter for Savannah Blair to support her application to the Andre De Grasse Future Scholarship Program and today I am sharing with you the awesome news that Savannah received 1 of 16 Canadian Scholarships - said Sarah Bell-Platnar.

When asked how it made Savannah feel in being nominated and sharing it with Mrs. Bell she said “It made me feel amazing, she is an amazing teacher and has been my teacher for roughly three years now. I ran right to her classroom when I received the news, Mrs. Bell was elated for me, she went straight to the gym office and shared with all the teachers, and immediately sent out an email sharing the wonderful news with the staff at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate as well.

“Congratulations to all the new scholarship recipients,” said De Grasse upon reviewing the list of scholarship recipients. “Continue to work hard and make the most of this opportunity.”

Congratulations Savannah!

About Andre De Grasse Future Champions Scholarship Program

The Andre De Grasse Future Champions Scholarship Program provides recipients with an annual Athletics Canada Branch Membership & Club Membership. An annual grant to help cover cost of meet entries, travel, and accommodation. In Person Coaching and/or Coach Mentorship support to personal coaches of identified student-athletes with two-time Athletics Canada Development Coach of the Year, Tony Sharpe. Nutrition consultation and on-going support from Athletics Canada Sport Dietician, Jennifer Sygo. Academic consultation and ongoing support from student-athlete consultant, Barb Boyes. And more!