Sandra was born on June 11, 1963, in Biggar, Saskatchewan. She was the daughter of Art and Shirley Schmirler, and sister to Carol and Beverley.
Sandrfa received all of her Elementary and High School education in Biggar. She excelled in a variety of sports: swimming, fastball, volleyball, badminton, and curling. Through sports she developed a love for team competition.
In 1981, Sandra graduated from Biggar Composite High School. She received special honours by winning awards that recognized her exemplification of The Spirit of Youth, her excellence as a student, and her athletic ability.
Sandra graduated in 1985 from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education. She began her career in Regina, where she was employed by the City of Regina as a Recreation Facility Manager.
Curling remained a huge part of Sandra's life. She went on to achieve greatness in the sport, skipping the first Canadian Women's Team to win three World Titles. Curling was recognized as a full Olympic sport in 1998, and Sandra and her team became the first Women's Olympic Gold Medallists.
In her private life, Sandra was blessed with a loving husband, Shannon England, who shared her interests and goals. Her greatest pride and joy resulted from the birth of their two daughters, Sara and Jenna.
Sandra was an ordinary person whose accomplishments went beyond the ordinary.