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Shaela Rae Wlodarczyk

SFU 'jock' vies for Miss World Canada crown

February 20, 2008

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By Stuart Colcleugh

The irony of an SFU criminology honours student and self-described “jock to the bone” competing for the 2008 Miss World Canada title is not lost on Shaela Rae Wlodarczyk.

“It’s actually pretty hilarious,” says the Kamloops-born Coquitlam resident, who is scrambling to complete her undergraduate honours thesis this month before joining the other 43 finalists for the beauty pageant being held March 9–15 in Toronto.

“In high school I was captain of the rugby team, I played basketball and volleyball and the yearbook called me mostly likely to end up on TSN.

“I didn’t wear make-up, I wouldn’t wear the colour pink and I would never have imagined that I would end up being one of those ‘girly girls’ that I always made fun of.”
Wlodarczyk entered SFU on an athletic scholarship and played two seasons on the Clan women’s softball team before retiring to focus on her studies.

Her thesis, which she describes as “a postmodern deconstruction of the legal positivist paradigm,” probably won’t carry much weight with the judges during either the personal interview, swimsuit/fitness or evening-wear portions of the contest.

But it could serve the current Miss World B.C. and former Miss Golden Spike well if her hopes pan out for a law degree from McGill University and a career in international law and diplomacy.

Meanwhile, Wlodarczyk holds down three jobs as a server at the Golden Spike Pub, a support worker for young adults with disabilities and a part-time French teacher at Place Maillardville.

As for winning the Miss Canada crown, Wlodarczyk is taking a “strategic approach” by encouraging British Columbians to help boost her odds by voting online until March 15 in the Miss World Canada People’s Choice award at www.missworldcanada.com.

“The candidate who gets the most votes gets fast-tracked to the final round and if I win that and the fitness competition I’m guaranteed a spot in the finals,” she says.
If she wins, Wlodarczyk may need time off from law school to compete in the 58th Miss World 2008 pageant Oct. 4 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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