Spirit of Sport
Name: Jasmin Dhanda
Presented By: Paul and Sohan Bhogal of Sunrise Kitchens
At the ripe age of 20, Jasmin Dhanda has proven to be a spectacular soccer player with a promising career ahead of her. She has been honoured with DARPAN’s Extraordinary Achievement Award for Spirit of Sport 2013. This recognizes Dhanda’s achievements and contributions as an inspiring athlete.
“This was memorable for me, knowing that I have inspired other young athletes,” says Dhanda. “I feel so honoured to be recognized.”
Dhanda’s love for the game started in her own backyard where she used to play soccer with her father as a child. She continued excelling at the sport playing for the Whitecaps Elite Girls. She even had the amazing opportunity to play in Azerbaijan for the U-17 FIFA World Cup.
Upon graduating high school, Dhanda received a soccer scholarship to play for the UBC Thunderbirds, while pursing a degree in kinesiology. She has been recognized by Canada West with their prestigious ‘Rookie of the Year’ award.
She credits her parents for her success both on and off the field because they instilled in her the dedication and commitment to maintain balance in all aspects of her life.
Dhanda hopes to take her soccer career to the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympic games. And if her drive, dedication and success so far are any indication, Dhanda will be achieving her dreams in no time.