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Sunday is Sandra Schmirler Day at the Scotties

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TSN.ca Staff
1/31/2014 6:39:41 PM
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Almost 13 years ago, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation was created by a group of the late curler's friends with the support of the Canadian Curling Association and Scott Paper.

The idea came about just over three years after Schmirler was standing on the podium in Nagano 1998, signing our national anthem after capturing the Olympic gold medal in women's curling.

Unfortunately, it was also just 14 months after she passed away from a rare form of cancer at the young age of 36.

Much like the success Schmirler enjoyed on the ice, the foundation started in her name has been a winner at providing hospitals with funding for the care of premature and critically ill newborn babies across Canada.

Despite all the big curling shots she made over the years, including the famous in-off at the 1997 Olympic Trials, Schmirler said giving birth to her only daughter at the time was her 'best delivery'.

It was clear that Schmirler never lost sight of what was important in life, which makes her name a perfect fit for the foundation, which bears the slogan 'Champions start small'.

Currently, over 30 hospitals benefit as a result of funding from the foundation and last year, almost $300,000 was made available to those hospitals through grants. And over the 13 years the foundation has been in existence, almost $2.5 million has been allocated to 34 different hospitals

Also, six junior curlers received $5,000 each in the first annual Spirit of Sandra Scholarships last year, including Kristin Streifel, who skipped Schmirler's home province of Saskatchewan in this year's Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Nova Scotia.

Sunday is Sandra Schmirler Day at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal and TSN's Vic Rauter will be hosting the annual telethon for the foundation.

Take a few minutes to visit SandraSchmirler.org or call 1-866-210-6011 and make a donation to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

Sandra Schmirler (Photo: Gary M Prior/Allsport)

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(Photo: Gary M Prior/Allsport)
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