In the run up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games, a $2,000 Pacific Western Brewing (PWB) Community Foundation Hometown
Heroes bursary has been awarded to Langley curling coach Paul Tardi.
Ceremonies last Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel breweryâ€™s tasting room marked round No. 3 of four rounds of bursary awards ahead of the start of the Games in Prince George this coming February.
â€œIt was a great honour to be chosen from all the applicants,â€ Tardi told the Langley Advance. â€œIt is incredibly generous of Pacific Western Brewery to bestow this honour on 16 athletes, coaches, and mentors in B.C.â€
Tardi added that, â€œIt is exciting to see the athletes as they develop while they pursue their dreams. Coaching them is a very rewarding experience.â€
Tardi works full time at Celator Pharmaceuticals when he isnâ€™t coaching and volunteering.
He has just completed the Level 3 certification in the National Coaching Certificate Program in order to improve his abilities as a coach and to be fully certified to coach at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Tardiâ€™s coaching achievements in 2014 include:
â€¢ Coached the B.C. boys team that qualified for the 2015 Canada Winter Games and, he was named Curl BCâ€™s Coach of the Year.
â€¢ Coached Team Tardiâ€™s juvenile team (U18) to a bronze at the BC Winter Games.
â€¢ Coached Team Tardiâ€™s junior team to a silver at the Curl BC Junior Provincial Championships.
â€œI strive through my actions to be a great role model. It is important to exhibit outstanding sportsmanship both on and off the ice,â€ Tardi said. â€œI have taught the boys that their actions have a lasting impact on those around them.â€
Kazuko Komatsu, owner and CEO of PWB, said, â€œOur Hometown Heroes Program is designed to support the goals of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. These goals are all about sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship. Today is also about recognizing an outstanding athlete who believes in going for gold and puts down his very best every day.
â€œPaul is one of 16 dedicated sports mentors and athletes whose extraordinary endeavours inspire us all.â€