Woolworths Scholarships Highlight Of The Year
Once a year Academy athletes get the opportunity to apply for a scholarship that provides valuable financial assistance to help ease the burden associated with progression to the elite level within their sport. Thanks to Woolworths Group one male and one female high achieving athlete will each receive a $5,000 cash grant. The cash grant is comprised of two components. The first will be a $4,000 Sports Participation Grant to provide financial assistance to the athlete/parents in respect of ongoing participation costs. The second will be a $1,000 Educational Grant which must be utilised to assist in the athletes ongoing secondary/tertiary education.
In addition to these two grants the Academy also awards a ‘Team Athlete of the Year’ award out of the Woolworths Scholarship nominees. This award grants $1,000 to the recipient, again to assist with the financial burdens of athlete progression within the elite pathway of their chosen sport.
In 2016 cyclist Stephen Cuff was the two time winner of the male category after winning numerous State and National events throughout the year. In 2016 Stephen became the youngest winner of the Bathurst to Blayney 70km Short Course. This year he has gone on to gain selection into the 2017 Australian Team for the Junior Track Worlds, which will be held in August this year.
In 2016 the Academy offered a Lone Star program, allowing athletes of non-squad based sports a place in the Academy. In the programs inaugural year, Lone Star athlete Rachel Wood won the female category of the Woolworths Scholarship award. From April to September 2016, Rachel won over 15 gold and silver medals at various National and International competitions for Surf Life Saving. Rachel hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down in 2017 recently representing Australia at the Sanyo Bussan Cup in Japan bringing home two bronze, one silver and six gold medals. Rachel has returned and is currently a member of the 2017 Heartland Motors Lone Star program.
The ‘Team Athlete of the Year’ grant was awarded to softballer Daniel Harrison who was a veteran of the Academy’s softball squad. Daniel spent three years as a member of the Academy displaying strong leadership qualities throughout his time. In 2016 Daniel was a member of the winning NSW U17 Team and selected into the NSW Origin team at the U17 National Softball Championships.
Nominations close on Friday 18 August and winners will be announced at the 2017 Athlete Dinner & Awards Night (if you have not secured your tickets for the dinner you can do so by clicking here).
This opportunity provided by Woolworths Group is one that should not be missed! Click here to read more information and nominate.
Posted: 3 July 2017