Two refs in one week.
After Danika Kroeker was honoured as the Most Promising Official in B.C., Grace Barlow is now the recipient of a Hockey Canada acknowledgement within the same week.
The Prince George official is one of three in the province bestowed the Kenneth R. Stiles Memorial Scholarship for her contributions in games and major tournaments, while also helping prepare the next generation for the sport.
Congratulations to @BCHockey_Source officials Georgina Krishan, Grace Barlow and Carson Mintram on each recieving a @HockeyCanada Kenneth R. Stiles Memorial Scholarship! All three (3) officials have particpated in the BC Hockey Officiating Program of Excellence (OPoE)! pic.twitter.com/eURTJE7I1J— BC Hockey Officials (@BCHockey_Refs) June 11, 2019
The funding helps offset post-secondary education costs for Canada’s top young referees, supports their efforts to complete university, become better officials, and rewards their contributions in mentoring younger hockey officials that want to don the zebra shirt.
"I would love to thank Tyler Garden, Sean Raphael, Rachel Robillard, Dan Hanoomansingh, Prince George Minor Hockey (PGMHA), the rest of the B.C. Hockey association, and, of course, my family," said Barlow to PrinceGeorgeMatters. "My accomplishments are the result of all the support that I’ve had through PGMHA and B.C. Hockey to be given the opportunity to develop my skills as a coach and referee for female hockey in the north. My scholarship will free up time to help with development and teaching opportunities for young referees as well as coaching female hockey, as usual."
The 20-year-old was an official at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Yukon in May and also got to teach young girls in the Whitehorse Minor Hockey Association a month prior to the tournament with B.C. Hockey.
She also attended the provincial organization’s Officiating Program of Excellence in Shawnigan Lake last year, which is part of the requirement to receive the scholarship.
Barlow is also played three seasons for the Northern Capitals, Prince George’s top-tier female midget hockey club, and was part of the B.C. Championship team three years ago.
A graduate of D.P. Todd Secondary, Barlow is currently studying at UNBC; she was named a 2016-17 high-school scholar for the post-secondary.
Our crew has arrived in Whitehorse for a super skills camp. Before they got to the Yukon. Lead instructor @ty_edmonds35 did some final prep on the plane. This weekend we will hold female, grassroots, high performance and goalie camps. @HockeyYukon #teachingnewskills pic.twitter.com/Jto8hUyr7N— BC Hockey (@BCHockey_Source) April 12, 2019