Tim Ireland doesn’t have much time to watch TV, and that’s just how he likes it.
The way the Grade 12 student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate sees it, there are only so many hours in the day, and they should be used for more productive activities.
Ireland, who was one of five students to receive scholarships from the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association and Red River Co-op last week, was the captain of the Buckeyes varsity boys basketball and volleyball teams this year. He also helped coach a youth basketball team and refereed junior high games.
Off the hardwood, Ireland was a member of the school’s student leadership group, athletic council and WE Day camps. And he still managed to find time to volunteer at a physiotherapy clinic and maintain a 4.0 grade-point average.
How does one teenager find the time to do all this?
"I just try to do a lot work during the week, at lunch and on spares, so I have time after school for everything," Ireland said. "I love having the opportunity to do all the extra stuff."
Ireland believes it’s his involvement with high school sports that opened his eyes to all of these other opportunities.
"I’m around some of my coaches who are so much more involved, and always around other people that are doing interesting things," he said. "They encourage me, and it rubs off on you. I don’t want to just watch TV."
Ireland’s top sport is basketball, and he’s planning to continue playing while attending Medicine Hat College. His goal is to eventually earn a spot at a CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) school, and to pursue a degree in kinesiology and then a career as a physiotherapist.
For Ireland, winning the $1,000 scholarship was as much about the people who helped him along the way as it was about his own accomplishments.
"It makes me really appreciate all the things my coaches and my parents give me to do all the extra things," he said. "They all supported me, and said to do everything I wanted to do. They never held me back."
Another scholarship winner was Christina Posthumus of Kildonan-East Collegiate, a 96% student and captain of the school’s basketball and soccer teams.
Posthumus wasn’t able to accept her scholarship in person, because she was in Tanzania helping to build rainwater harvesting tanks. She also volunteers at Concordia Hospital, and has committed to play for the University of Manitoba Bisons next basketball season.
The remaining scholarship winners were Samantha Halvorsen of Dakota Collegiate, Brittni Steeves of Stonewall Collegiate and Ryan Fast of Niverville Collegiate.