This winter, Ally Carr, a standout volleyball player, was named as the newest recipient of the Christie Rose Memorial Award for female athletes, an honour bestowed by the Rose family to a female student who is “a good athlete, strong in academics and has a desire to make the world a better place.”
That is an apt description of the award’s namesake, who attended Parkside Collegiate Institute. Christie Rose passed away, tragically, nearly a decade ago, on June 8, 2008, as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident. In memory of Christie, who was an avid hockey player and a member of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL), the award is presented by her family to a young woman who shares Christie’s qualities and characteristics. The award carries with it a scholarship, and more than $35,000 has been provided to 10 female athletes over the last decade.
Carr, this year’s recipient, was a force on the volleyball court at Parkside, where she also competed in cross-country running, lacrosse, field hockey, badminton and track and field. She now attends the University of New Orleans, where she plays beach volleyball for the Privateers and studies biological sciences/pre-veterinary.
For her part, Carr was thrilled to be recognized with the special award.
“It was a tremendous honour that I was even considered for this award, and it’s extremely special as I feel connected to Christie’s legacy and story as a Parkside student,” Carr said. “I am truly honoured and inspired by Christie’s legacy and this award, and I’m also very grateful for the support.”
Submitted by the Christie Rose Memorial Award