Buchanan Bursary goes to Caitlyn Holmes

Soccer enthusiast Caitlyn Holmes captured this year’s Jeffrey Buchanan Memorial Bursary.
The Iroquois resident took home the $250 award during her recent graduation from Seaway District High School.
Sponsored by the South Dundas Soccer Association, the award is given to a youth from the local soccer club who displays extraordinary volunteerism.
Holmes has been playing soccer since she was five years old and coaching it since she was 13. In her first year of coaching, she accepted responsibility for one team, but since then she has coached two teams each summer ranging in ages from five to 13.
Soccer board president Phillip Blancher said Holmes is always there to lend a helping hand, willing to do whatever is needed from coaching or refereeing to working the canteen or putting in the hours and labour necessary to prepare for a tournament.
Holmes has been an asset to the club, Blancher said, noting that each year he has many requests from kids and adults (other coaches) who want her working for their team.
Holmes, who has reached the graduation age for the local soccer association, will no longer be playing for the club, but she does intend to continue coaching in the summers.
Currently taking a year off to work, Holmes is planning to attend Algonquin College in 2017 to pursue her writing aspirations. Asked if the defensive player would consider taking to the field for college-level play, she gave an emphatic ‘yes.’
Holmes has an incredibly powerful kick, Blancher said. When she’s on the field, she gives her “all” to the game, just as she does “off” the field as a volunteer, he added.
Becoming a volunteer coach with the South Dundas Soccer Association is a good way for high school students to get the mandatory volunteer hours they need to graduate, Blancher said.

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