Local athletes with dreams to represent Australia in an Olympic sport have an opportunity to receive a financial boost with applications now open for the annual Greater Building Society Olympic Sports Scholarships.
Ten athletes from the Hunter and Manning regions who show tremendous potential in an Olympic sport will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to support their bid to don the green and gold.
Three current and three former scholarship holders are competing at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow which start this week (July 23 to August 3). They join Hunter Academy of Sport trained athletes Martin Dent (distance runner) and Natasha Scott [nee Van Eldik] (lawn bowls).
The scholarships winners are selected and managed for The Greater by the Hunter Academy of Sport. Recipients also receive advice from Academy consultants in areas such as sports psychology, nutrition, physical fitness, injury prevention and injury treatment.
The scholarships are in their 22nd year. They were established after Sydney was named as the host city for the 2000 Olympics to give Hunter athletes an increased chance of being selected for those Games. To date, The Greater has provided more than $340,000 to support more than 110 athletes.
Applications close Friday September 26. Forms are available by clicking here, from the Academy’s website (www.hunteracademy.org.au), by phoning 4926 4892 or at any Greater branch. Recipients will be announced in November.
The 2016 Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang South Korea and the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast, Australia.