Three-time Olympic rower to host UVic fundraiser breakfast

Sept. 30 Vikes Championship Breakfast has raised more than $2.4 million for student-athlete scholarships and bursaries since 2003

Three-time Olympic rower Darcy Marquardt has been announced as the keynote speaker for the University of Victoria’s seventh annual Vikes Championship Breakfast on Sept. 30.

Marquardt starred for the Vikes from 1999 to 2002 and won Olympic silver as a member of the women’s eight at the 2012 London Summer Games.

The list of past speakers is a great one, as the Championship Breakfast has raised more than $2.4 million for student-athlete financial awards.

“Student-athletes balance a lot on their plates between studies, training and competition,” said Marquardt, who draws from her experience, as a lifeguard at Saanich Commonwealth Place from 2000 too 2005.

“Financial awards allow (students) to balance a little less on their plates and alleviate the financial stress,” she said.

“Maybe they can work fewer hours at a part-time job or not at all, which allows them to feel successful in their studies and their varsity sport.”

Marquardt started with the Vikes novice program in 1997 and made the Canadian national team by 2002.

She won gold at the Canadian University Rowing Championship in 2001 in the women’s pair and eight, was part of Rowing Canada’s Crew of the Year and won multiple Royal Canadian Henley golds.

UVic matches the first $200,000 raised by the Championship Breakfast.

Marquardt joins a prestigious list of past keynote speakers including Canada’s most decorated Paralympian, swimmer Stephanie Dixon, and acclaimed author Dr. Paul E. Zehr.

Find tickets and more information online at govikesgo.com/breakfast.

reporter@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Needles far more prolific than public realizes, says local biohazard company

Local company makes one to two calls per week to clean up needles, drug paraphernalia

Upgrades to Millstream overpass to begin Feb. 1

Project includes addition of left hand turn lane onto highway to Victoria

Woodwynn Farms to be shut down and sold

The rehabilitation program at Woodwynn Farms is being shut down. According to… Continue reading

Whooping cough detected in Claremont student

15 Greater Victoria schools have been informed of a student with pertussis since September

Langford loses bid to host Amazon HQ2

Mayor hopes to attract more tech jobs to city

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

New meeting structure saving Saanich staff time

The decision to separate regular council meetings from committee-of-the-whole meetings has shown… Continue reading

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

Jury convicts spear-wielding Duncan man in 2015 Ladysmith RV park murder

Trever George Meers used a handmade spear to stab Rayna Johnson at the Campers Corners RV Park

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

Fines and extra patrols not happening at this time as ban begins Monday

Funding brings more tech spaces to UVic and Camosun

Students can look forward to the addition of hundreds of tech-related seats… Continue reading

Most Read