Over 100 golfers attended the Anniversary golf tournament at Bearspaw Golf Course on September 27. The event raised funds for the Calgary Academy Parent’s Association (CAPA) and the purchase of a new Knights Bus.
It was an excellent day on the golf course celebrating CA’s 40th and enjoying a competitive round of golf. The weather was beautiful despite a bit of a breeze. The golf day included various contests such as longest putt, closest to the pin, and beat the coach. Students from Calgary Academy’s golf team, led by coach Sean Chursinoff, also attended the event. To make the day even more fun, some alumni played in the tournament that were also once on Calgary Academy’s Golf Team and coached by Sean.
In the evening, Tokyo gold medal Olympian, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, shared her incredible Olympic story at the banquet. Like so many others, Kasia has a connection to CA – her sister graduated from CA! Kasia’s story and her Olympic journey is one of humble beginnings and a relentless focus on excellence. When she at first did not succeed as an alpine racer, she shifted her focus and her sport to rowing, eventually making the national team. A month before the postponed Olympics in 2021, Kasia was in a severe bike crash, resulting in a broken collarbone and over 50 stitches. She had only a month to rehab her injuries, and she had to requalify for the team. She did so, and went on to compete with her team, eventually bringing home gold in rowing. She left the room with a challenge to be better every day, and to focus on the opportunities each crisis presents, not the overwhelming odds.
The 50/50 raised $6,850 with half going towards CAPA and half going towards the winner. The funds raised would not be possible without the generosity of the CA community. CA would like to give a huge thank you to all who attended, volunteered, donated, sponsored and contributed to making the event a huge success. Alumni, parents, students, and friends joined the special day out on the golf course, and everyone could not be more grateful to the amazing CA community. We look forward to getting together again at our next 40th anniversary event. Stay tuned!