Chicks received several amazing applications for the 2015 Eddie Bauer Chicks with Picks Quickie Scholarship. After many hours of deliberation the judges from Eddie Bauer and Chicks Climbing picked Sophia Navarre as the winner. Sophia is a kind-hearted, passionate, budding climber who is excited to absorb everything offered in the Chicks with Picks program. To give you a good idea of what this young climber has already experience, here is an excerpt of her recommendation letter written by her employer, coach, mentor & friend, Josh Harris
It is my pleasure to recommend Sophia Navarre for the Eddie Bauer “The Quickie” Scholarship. I supervised Sophia for three years in my capacity as General Manager at Climb Nashville. I also had the opportunity to coach and instruct Sophia while directing the Nashville School of Climbing. During Sophia’s tenure at the Nashville School of Climbing, she instructed and co-lead programs for young climbers ages 6 – 12. She motivated young participants with her stoke for climbing; managed the risks of climbing with focused discernment; showed attentive, empathetic client care; and empowered young climbers to challenge themselves and achieve their goals.
Sophia has the good fortune of powerful female mentors – and her climbing has been transformed by it. But this is not a one-way street, I have seen her bridge the mentor / mentee relationship, quickly becoming a peer and climbing partner to the ladies that have shared so generously. I have also observed Sophia modeling this to her female students in programs – inspiring the next generation of female climbers.
Adventure and challenge are driving forces behind Sophia’s climbing. I observed this as she learned to lead – witnessing her break through the fear of being on the sharp end, to embrace the power and learning that comes from stepping into the unknown and being open to the possibilities and challenge.
Sophia possesses a unique combination of kindness, determination, and initiative that has enabled her to excel at work and at play. She is a life long learner and in constant pursuit of new knowledge and experience. When shown a new climbing technique or training system, she would quickly master and apply the technique in her own climbing and instruction. I believe this thirst is motivating her interest in ice climbing.
Congratulations Sophia and welcome to the Chicks clan! There are still a few spaces left in the Quick Ice Climbing Clinic. To register or learn more, click here.