08 June 2018

Kirsty Muir lands 'Spirit of Sarah' scholarship

Fourteen-year-old Aberdeen skier Kirsty Muir has been recognised for her fantastic progression in recent years by being granted the ‘Spirit of Sarah’ Scholarship by Momentum Camps and the Sarah Burke Foundation.

Kirsty is the first athlete outside of North America to win the scholarship and will now attend Momentum’s summer freestyle ski camp, held on Blackcomb Glacier in Whistler, British Columbia.

The 'Spirit of Sarah Scholarship' was created in honour and memory of long time coach and former camper Sarah Burke, who died in a tragic ski accident in 2012. One of the causes dear to Sarah’s heart was encouraging young girls to follow their dreams and believe in their skiing abilities.

“We greatly look forward to meeting Kirsty and helping her progress towards her skiing dreams,” said camp director John Smart. “Sarah was a long-time camper and coach with Momentum and it’s important for us to keep her memory alive with this ongoing scholarship.

“She was a great advocate of women in sport and a true role model to young girls.”

After much deliberation by the judges, Kirsty’s application stood out, not only for her progressive and determined approach towards skiing, but also due to her genuinely uplifting and positive attitude - characteristics that Sarah Burke, was also well known for.

While Kirsty’s skills were first honed on the Scottish dry slopes, she has easily transferred them across to snow and is now pushing boundaries on the rails and in the air. She capped a great season in 2017/18 at The BRITS in Laax, Switzerland where she took a clean sweep of the slopestyle, halfpipe and big air events.

“I think the Spirit of Sarah scholarship has to be one of the greatest honours any young female skier can receive and I really couldn’t think of anyone who deserves it more than Kirsty,” said Pat Sharples, GB Park & Pipe head ski coach.

Kirsty lists Sarah Burke, Kelly Sildaru, Sarah Hoefflin and compatriot James ‘Woodsy’ Woods as the skiers that most inspire her and will have the opportunity to ski alongside both Woodsy and Sildaru at Momentum Camps this summer.

 

Kirsty Muir (right) with one of her idols, Woodsy.

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