Victoria Women’s Rugby Star Wins Big With PWB Hometown Heroes

VICTORIA – In the run up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games, a $2,000 Pacific Western Brewing (PWB) Community Foundation Hometown Heroes bursary has been awarded to Victoria women’s rugby player and coach Julianne Zussman.

Hometown Heroes Oktoberfest (Victoria)
Julianne was a player representative on the National Women’s Team and coaches the University of Victoria varsity women’s rugby team and referees high school girls.

Today’s ceremonies at the Velox Valhallians Rugby Club marked round three of four rounds of PWB bursary awards ahead of the start of the Games in Prince George in February.

Julianne said: “I am passionate about building a career helping athletes achieve their goals, and I plan on continuing to educate myself in best business practices. In my career on the national team I have been disciplined in my pursuit of higher education and focused on giving back to the community.”

PWB’s special guest at the event was Velox Rugby Football Club Director Marlene Donaldson. “The Pacific Western Brewing Hometown Heroes Program is designed to support the goals of the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” Donaldson said. “These goals are all about sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship. Today is also about recognizing an outstanding athlete who believes in going for gold and puts down her very best every day.”

Kazuko Komatsu, owner and CEO of PWB, said: “Our Hometown Heroes Program is designed to support the goals of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. These goals are all about sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship. This award is also about recognizing an outstanding coach who believes in doing his very best every day.

“Julianne is one of sixteen dedicated sports mentors and athletes whose extraordinary endeavors inspire us all.”

Hometown Heroes Oktoberfest (Victoria)

PWB is continuing to accept applications to the end of January 2015 for the final round of selections. In each round a Hometown Hero has been selected from BC’s four major regions – the Northern and Southern Interior, Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

In the first round in May the winners included: Quesnel Paralympics hopeful Landon McGauleyKelowna speed skater Nick GoplenPort Alberni educator and coach Tom McEvay and North Vancouver javelin-throwing track star Andy White. In July, second round winners included: Revelstoke FreeSkiier Adam McCrawSmithers gymnastics coach Alana JensenUBC women’s hockey player Danielle Dube and Victoria Special Olympics figure skater Emily Walzak.

Candidates who were not picked in the first three rounds will continue to be valid contenders in the final round. Application to the Hometown Heroes program is open to any BC resident currently engaged in sports as an athlete or coach, or otherwise excelling in a community mentoring activity. Applicants must be at least 19 years old.

Application forms are available online at Email the application to: or mail to: Hometown Heroes Bursaries, PWB Community Foundation, 3876 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5G 4T9.

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