The East Kootenay Volleyball Club has handed out scholarships to local volleyballers Sam Scott and Scott Bedell in recognition of their contributions to the sport within the club and the community.
Recipients must display dedication to the club through athletic abilities, leadership skills, commitment to coaching other age levels and attend a post-secondary institution as a full-time student and volleyball athlete.
Sam played six seasons with the EKVC and has started to take on a coaching role. Sam played with the College of the Rockies Avalanche in the 2009-10 season and traveled to Brazil in 2011 to coach beach volleyball to underprivileged children.
He missed the following season due to a medical emergency that required surgery, but has been able to work towards a full recovery and returned to beach volleyball last year.
Currently, Sam is in Calgary playing libero for SAIT.
During his time with the EKVC, Sam coached two seasons of indoor volleyball and took a team to a silver medal performance at nationals. He also obtained his Level Two coaching certificate last summer in order to coach beach volleyball at the upcoming B.C. Summer Games.
Scott Bedell played with the EKVC for five years, starting in U14 and eventually earned the Rich Wayling Memorial Scholarship. He was also named Mount Baker Secondary School’s best overall male athlete during his high school years.
Scott currently plays for the College of the Rockies Avalanche, but helps out with fitness with the EKVC and looks forward to coaching when he can.