Urban Poling Scholarship (UBC)

Press Release – For Immediate Release

December 08, 2010

Urban Poling Activator Scholarship Announced!

Congratulations To: Sarah Neil, Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia

Urban Poling Activator Scholarship - Congratulations To: Sarah Neil

Urban Poling Inc. is proud to announced that we have partnered with University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Faculty of Medicine to create an Urban Poling Activator Award in Rehabilitation Sciences. This scholarship will support Masters and Ph.D. students to carry out unique programs in rehabilitation and cancer research.

Our first scholarship was presented to Sarah Neil, a student in the department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia.

Sarah received a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Western Ontario in 2009. She is now working towards a Master of Science degree, supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell. Her research interests are focused on the role of exercise throughout the cancer continuum of prevention, treatment and survivorship.

Her thesis project is an observational study examining physiological differences between breast cancer survivors who are experiencing chronic fatigue after treatment, and breast cancer survivors who do not experience fatigue. The aim of the study is to determine which factors may contribute to this chronic fatigue, in order to design an exercise intervention that is specifically tailored to target fatigue. She hopes to complete her MSc degree this summer in order to begin her PhD in September 2011.

Co-founder Mandy Shintani says, “Urban Poling is absolutely committed to creating and promoting fitness education in our communities. Our goal is get people active and make rehabilitation easier and more effective.”

Urban Poling’s support and funding for this scholarship is a small part of our larger strategy to give back to our communities in ways that matter the most. For more information on our other initiatives, check out the Community Outreach portion of our website.  


Urban Poling Inc. is a Canadian company based in Vancouver. The co-owners are Mandy Shintani and Graham Watts. Mandy Shintani, an occupational therapist is considered one of the leading experts on the health and fitness benefits of Nordic walking in Canada. Urban Poling Inc. is manufacturer of the Urban Poling poles and also operates one of Canada’s largest certification centres. Urban Poling runs the only Nordic walking training centre in Canada that is recognized by these six fitness education organizations including:

  • Can Fit Pro
  • British Columbia Parks and Recreation
  • Ontario Kinesiology Association
  • Manitoba Fitness Council
  • Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association
  • Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association


Graham Watts & Mandy Shintani
Co- Founder and Directors
Urban Poling Inc.

Tel. (604) 990.7711

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