We believe its important to celebrate and encourage the life lessons taught by the unique sport of figure skating that shapes us and comes with us once our competitive careers are over. When Carley was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer at 17 it became evident that the tools figure skating gave her reached far beyond the rink
As a competitive figure skater, you are taught to perform technically difficult elements, the same as any other sport, but in figure skating, you are taught to do it with grace and a smile on your face. Carley did just that, she chose to smile through diagnosis, treatment and pain, and that’s how her inspirational message of “always smile” was born. Carley defied the odds by skating and competing (at Ontario Sectionals) during and after treatments, she demonstrated unbelievable bravery and perseverance. In Carley’s honour, we have created the “Always Smile Award”
The “Always Smile Award” is awarded to one skater, per skating club, per year, that has demonstrated a positive attitude, grace and bravery while faced with a challenge or adversity.
- The inaugural one-time fee is $150 for a 12-year plaque.
- The recipient receives their name on the plaque and a small gift from Carley’s Angels.
- Coaches of the skating club choose the recipient and provide 1 paragraph as to why.
- A Carley’s Angels representative attends, explains, and present the inaugural award.
We are aiming to work with skating clubs across Canada in hopes of introducing Carley’s Story and message of “Always Smile” to as many young skaters as possible. If you would like to get your skating involved and help us share Carley’s inspiring message of “Always Smile” please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about our very first “Always Smile Award” recipient of 2019 HERE