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14-year-old freestyler Kirsty Muir is heading for a Momentum Ski summer camp on Whistler's glacier after beating off some tough competition.

She's the 2018 recipient of the prestigious "Spirit of Sarah Scholarship".

It's awarded to female skiers in honour of the leading Canadian halfpipe skier, Sarah Burke.

She died following a training crash in January 2012.

Muir, who is one of Great Britain's brightest freestyle talents, was chosen by a panel of judges who viewed video edits sent in by the candidates.

Her prize is an eight-day camp at North America's biggest and highest freestyle park on the glacier at Whistler in British Columbia in July.

She'll be coached by some of the world's top skiers.

Accommodation, meals and airport transfers are included.

The package is worth around £1,500.

Kirsty MuirKirsty Muir - photo Bluebird Photography















"Cannot believe it, but she won," her mum, Kim Muir, told PlanetSKI just after the news was announced on social media.

"What an honour. So pleased for her.... we just need to get her there!"

Muir, who turned 14 in May, has never been to North America before and was staggered to be chosen.

"She's just stunned," her mum told us.

"So excited. She can't really take it in, to be honest."

Kim, Fiona and Kirsty MuirKirsty Muir (right) with mum Kim and sister Fiona











The GB Park and Pipe head ski coach, Pat Sharples is delighted at her success.

"I think Spirt of Sarah scholarship has to be one of the greatest honours any young female skier can receive and I really couldn't think of anyone who deserves it more than Kirsty," he said.

PlanetSKI featured the teenager from Aberdeen in an article after the 2018 BRITS (British Snowboard and Freeski Championships) in Laax in April, at which she won the overall women's titles in slopestyle, big air and halfpipe.

Muir is the first British skier to be awarded the 'Spirit of Sarah Scholarship'.

All the previous winners have come from Canada or the USA.

Momentum Ski Camps announced the result on its Facebook page:

The Sarah Burke Foundation works in partnership with Momentum to offer a free camp every summer to a female skier who is considered to embody the Canadian's special strengths and characteristics.

We reported on Sarah's tragic death back in January 2012:
And when the Foundation was launched in 2013:
Kirsty Muir was just seven when Sarah Burke died but she had already begun skiing freestyle and was aware of the Canadian's great achievements.

"One of the causes dear to Sarah's heart was encouraging young girls to follow their dreams and believe in their skiing abilities," the Foundation says.

"Sarah played a big part in getting our ‘Girls Week' off the ground and inspired so many young women through her incredible skiing talent, but more importantly through her special personality, which showed modesty, kindness and a wonderfully positive approach to life."

Sarah BurkeSarah Burke, X Games gold in 2009 - photo Sarah Burke Facebook fan page















Sarah Burke was 29 when she crashed in the pipe at Park City in Utah. She died in hospital nine days later.

The four-time Winter X Games gold medallist and the first-ever World Champion in the halfpipe (2005) was hugely popular and respected across the sport.

A pioneer in women's freeskiing, she fought for equality.

She persuaded the X Games organisers to include women and successfully lobbied to get halfpipe included at the Sochi Winter Olympics at 2014.

She would have been a strong contender to become the first Olympic halfpipe champion.

Sochi Olympics tribute to Sarah BurkeTribute to Sarah at the Sochi Olympics - photo Sarah Burke foundation


















You can find out more about Sarah Burke's legacy here.

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