W.R. Bennett Award - 2022 BC Summer Games - Mischa Grover

Mischa Grover, a South Sahali Secondary student from Thompson-Okanagan Zone 2, started paddling at the age of 8 and has been competing for 7 years. She excels both in canoe and kayak, which is very rare for a paddling athlete. 

Mischa has also been competing at levels beyond her age group. In this past year she not only placed first in her age division but also placed second in the age category above. She competed at Nationals in 2021 in kayak as a 14-year-old competing in in the U16 category.

In addition to competing at the 2022 BC Summer Games, she also qualified to complete in canoe for Team BC at the 2022 Canada Summer Games where she will be the youngest member of her team.

Mischa has shown leadership at all levels. At school, she is on the Principal's Council, Link Crew (welcomes new students to school), and has volunteered for the Environment Club and Model UN. At the Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club, where she is the only female canoer, she is a great role model to the other athletes. At age 14, she took on the role of social media manager for the club and started an Instagram account, increasing the profile of the club locally, nationally, and internationally. She is professional, mature, and fair. She recognizes all athletes and all abilities. Mischa has also coached youth soccer, served as a soccer referee, and played soccer and field hockey at her school.

At the 2022 BC Summer Games, she placed first in all of her canoe single events, third and fifth in her kayak pairs event, and 4th in her kayak single event.