Author: Steve Goverd

Greater helped Aussies go for Gold

The Olympic Games are over and our partnerships manager Steve Goverd takes a look at how The Greater Olympic Sports Scholarships recipients fared in London.

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I loved watching the London Olympics. Did you? It is inspiring to watch athletes from across the world coming together for the world’s premier sporting event, competing for their country and to be the best that they can be.  

In particular I was cheering on the seven members of the Australian Olympic team who were current or previous recipients of The Greater’s Olympic Sports Scholarships. The annual scholarships were established in partnership with the Hunter Academy of Sport in the lead up to the Sydney Games. Now in their 20th year, more than $300,000 has been provided to support the Olympic aspirations of 80 athletes. 

It costs a lot of money for Olympic hopefuls and their families to realise their dream. Particularly in Australia, the cost of travelling to international competitions is significant. Our scholarships go a little way to helping cover some costs and the fantastic staff at the Hunter Academy also provide sports psychology and other services to the athletes. 

Here’s how our scholarship recipients went. 

Nine time scholarship recipient Nathan Outteridge won a gold medal with fellow Lake Macquarie sailor Iain Jensen in the 49er skiff race.   

Angie Bainbridge won a silver medal for being a heat swimmer in the 200-metre women's freestyle relay. 

Jennifer Screen and the Opals won bronze in the women’s basketball. 

Simon Orchard scored for the Kookaburras in the match against Team GB to win bronze in the hockey. 

Benn Harradine finished ninth in the discus in his Olympic debut.

Joshua Ross was part of the men’s 4X100m relay team who made the final to race against Usain Bolt and the Jamaicans, finishing seventh. 

Brendan Sexton finished 35th in the triathlon in his Olympic debut. 

Going to the Olympics isn’t just about winning medals. At The Greater, we are proud to be supporting young Hunter and Manning region athletes to make their life greater by competing at the very highest level possible. These athletes did the best they could. And they will no doubt have inspired other people, whether in sport or in other parts of their lives, to overcome adversity, to set goals, and strive to achieve them, whilst being a good sport. 

Congratulations to all our scholarship recipients, those who made the Olympics and those that gave it their best shot. 

Applications for the 2012/13 Greater Building Society scholarships to help Hunter and Manning region athletes with potential to compete in the 2016 Rio Games close Friday September 28. Nomination forms are available here or from any branch of The Greater. 

 What was your best London 2012 moment? Who inspired you? Share your thoughts below.