10 junior athletes awarded NSW Olympic Council grants

18 April 2018

NSWOC: The future of Olympic sport in NSW looks safe with ten junior athletes being awarded NSW Olympic Council grants at the Annual General Meeting last night.

The grant, designed to provide financial support, was awarded to U18 NSW athletes all participating in Olympic Sports, with this year’s awardees coming from the sports of Athletics, Equestrian, Fencing, Figure Skating, Football, Hockey, Short Track Speed Skating, Softball, Triathlon and Water Polo.

NSW Olympic Council president, Helen Brownlee presented the $1,500 grants and said that by supporting up and coming athletes, the NSWOC is making an investment in the nation’s future.

“We have intentionally targeted those young people who have demonstrated a commitment to their sport but have not received any financial assistance from other sources,” Brownlee said.

“It is pleasing to see the difference these encouragement grants have made to these young people and we acknowledge their success in subsequent competitions at national and international levels.”

The athletes will use the grants for travel and accommodation expenses in conjunction with national and international competition, including entry fees, competition uniforms and the opportunity to upgrade equipment essential to their sport.

The awardees; Charlotte McGill, Madeline Sinderberry, Katherine Wang, Amelie Tabor, Annalee Grove, Miles Davis, Kieran Guan, Jenna Trim, Ella Wooldridge and Matthew Humby were also required to demonstrate behaviour consistent with the fundamental Olympic values of Respect, Friendship and Excellence.

For NSW softballer Jenna Trim, the grant will push her to achieve her goal of making the national team and potentially an Olympic squad after the sport was reinstated on the programme for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“It drives me to train harder, and knowing that I will compete more helps me work towards my goal of selection from the squad into the Australian team,” Trim said.

With softball being one of Australia’s most successful Olympic sports, claiming four medals at four Games, Trim said it was fantastic for the smaller sport to be acknowledged.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to be recognised by the AOC for a sport that doesn’t get as much recognition as other sports do.

“Being awarded the grant helps not only me but also my family out as I am one of three that excels in the field of softball.”

On hand during the evening to give advice to the grant recipients was Olympic silver medallist, Jarryd Hughes who recently returned from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, after claiming a medal in the men’s snowboard cross.

“It was absolute privilege to tell my story of resilience and the power of self-belief with a bunch of up and coming athletes,” Hughes said.

“I hope that the athletes that were awarded grants through the NSW Olympic Council are able to use the support to better themselves, promote their sports and most importantly be a part of the Olympic movement.”

2018 marks the fifth year the NSWOC junior grant has been awarded with the program beginning in 2014.

With over 500 applications, the NSWOC is extremely grateful for the support of Olympic sports in NSW who do a brilliant job in promoting the program to their junior athletes.

2018 NSWOC Junior Grant Awardees

Sport

Athlete

Athletics

Charlotte McGill

Equestrian

Madeline Sinderberry

Fencing

Katherine Wang

Figure Skating

Amelie Tabor

Football

Annalee Grove

Hockey

Miles Davis

Short Track Skating

Kieran Guan

Softball

Jenna Trim

Triathlon

Ella Wooldridge

Water Polo

Matthew Humby

 

Ashleigh Knight
olympics.com.au

 

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