A Kamloops athlete was one of 16 participants to receive a Coast Capital Savings Leadership Bursary at the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford, which wrapped up on the weekend.
The bursary recipients were chosen from over 200 applicants for their significant achievements in sport and education and, most importantly,y for their leadership contributions to their schools, community or sport associations.
The recipients are from communities across the province and their leadership involvement includes service with student councils, community events, food banks, fundraising, coaching and officiating.
Each recipient received a $500 bursary to be used towards future sport or educational expenses.
Hannah Lal of Kamloops competed at Games in basketball and is also involved in soccer and horse jumping. She has contributed more than 200 hours of service to the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association, where she assists children with special needs to ride horses.
"I love being around special-needs children and horses," Hannah said. "For the children who cannot walk, riding a horse gives them not only legs to walk, but wings to fly."