Local coach/athlete going for grant; could use some help

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Esther Bylsma has a busy schedule supporting and playing sports. She’ll be coaching high school basketball, serves on the board of Slave Lake Minor Soccer and plays competitive soccer in Edmonton. All this in her spare time.
It also costs money, but it turns out there are grants which support such activities, and Bylsma is applying for one of them.
“Dairy Canada has a ‘Champions Fund’ for women,” Bylsma says. “They’re giving away 30 grants of $5,000 to female athletes, teams and organizations. I’m in the running.”
Bylsma figures if she wins one of the grants, some of it could be used to offset her expenses in traveling to the city to play soccer and some of it could go into the local soccer and basketball she’s involved in.
How does she like her chances? As it happens, community members might make the difference.
“There’s a way to vote for me,” she says. “The website is womenchampions.ca.”
All you need to do is find her on the website and ‘like’ her. The draw for the 30 grant winners is Oct. 20.
In related news, Bylsma says an indoor minor soccer tournament is planned for January.

Esther Bylsma


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