Two Local Students Win Courtney Walls Scholarships

Aug 22, 2022

Two Local Students Win Courtney Walls Scholarships
There has been a couple of firsts this week in the local rugby community.

Two Kelowna Secondary grads were awarded the Courtney Walls Rugby Scholarship for 2022. Tia Jordo and Max Therrien were chosen by selectors from the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts Society. This is the first time CORE selectors have given two Walls awards in one year.

It is also the first time the award has been earned by a female player. Tia Jordo represented BC in the Canada Summer Games Rugby Sevens this summer, earning a gold medal and going undefeated in the tournament. Tia has excelled at sevens and 15’s rugby since starting the sport in middle school. She will continue her rugby career at UBC Vancouver next season.

“Tia showed her tenacious tackling and great work ethic at a young age”, said Leana Marton, Head Coach of the BC U18 Boys provincial team. “I coached her at KLO and was impressed with her speed, rugby intelligence, and her natural flair for the game. Tia is an excellent choice for the first female recipient of the Courtney Wall scholarship.”

Max Therrien was also selected for this award. Max has enjoyed the game since grade 8 and has played on school, club, regional and provincial teams. Max was a member of the BC U18 Boys team that won the Western Canada Championships last month. Max will continue to pursue his love of rugby at the University of Calgary this fall.

Marton says Max Therrien is another excellent choice for the Courtney Wall award. “Max is the best passer to come from the Okanagan in a very long time. His leadership, kicking skills, and general rugby sense are first class. His soccer history has really helped him to make high quality rugby decisions based on what’s in front of him.”

The Courtney Walls Rugby Scholarship was founded by 40 local rugby enthusiasts who donated money to be held in perpetuity with the Canadian Rugby Foundation. The interest from those investments have funded more than 50 local athletes over the past 11 years with rugby bursaries and scholarships. The fund is named after a much-loved local rugby player who lost his life tragically at a young age. Winners like Tia and Max demonstrate three key qualities of Courtney Walls - rugby excellence, leadership, and good character.

Both recipients received their awards from Coach Marton upon return from their provincial team play in August.

Company Contact Information:

Company: Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts
Contact Name: Doug Manning
Contact Phone: 2508690575
Contact Email: [email protected]

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