Helena Harbridge of Etobicoke began her golfing career at age ten at Scarlett Woods Golf Course, playing alongside her older brother Daniel. Within a few years, she developed into one of the top junior golfers in Ontario. She won the TDCAA High School Girls Regional Championship in 2004, and won numerous CJGA events, culminating in the 2004 CJGA Order of Merit. She also competed successfully in GAO events and two Toronto Star Women’s Amateurs.
In 2005, Helena left home to attend the University of West Georgia on an athletic scholarship where, as a freshman, she established herself as the ’heart and spirit’ of the women’s fledgling golf program. She was the first UWG woman to win a golf tournament, and led the team to three wins its very first year.
Helena battled through health problems early in life but did not let them deter her from pursuing her goals on and off the course. She was a hard worker and supported herself in golf by working at Humber Valley and her beloved Weston Golf and Country Club. She always dreamed of getting a U.S.scholarship so she could combine golf and her education and did just that. She was an Ontario Scholar at Bishop Allen Academy, made the Dean's List at UWG, and was on target to achieve a 4.0 GPA and become an Academic All-American.
Although her death was unexpected and untimely, she will never be forgotten. This scholarship will be awarded to a student athlete who has overcome adversity to reach their goals on and off the golf course. This award, named in Helena’s honour, will help perpetuate her legacy of hard work, perseverance and dedication to become one of Ontario's top junior golfers.