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Final round of BayTrust scholarships announced

BayTrust scholarship recipient George Snook. Supplied image.

A variety of sports are represented by the 24 sportspeople who have received a BayTrust athlete, coach or officials scholarship in the final round for 2019.

The BayTrust Scholarships are funded from contributions to Sport Bay of Plenty’s CoachForce programme. The aim is to help Bay of Plenty sports talent achieve on the international stage, and support coaches and officials to develop new skills that benefit the sport community. 

Of the 31 applications received, 16 athletes, four coaches and four officials were selected. Two young athletes from the Western Bay of Plenty also received the Christine Tustain scholarship, supported by the Acorn Foundation. 

Sport Bay of Plenty’s youth sport systems advisor Belinda Muller says the scholarships have a great impact on the local sports community.

“For athletes, these scholarships can enable them to travel to international competitions where they can have some excellent opportunities to test and develop their skills on the world stage. 

“And the support for coaches and officials means they can invest in their own professional development, which has a flow on effect to their sport and those working around them.” 

Recipients for the final round of the 2019 scholarships include Finn Anderson, who competed in the 2019 Canoe Slalom Youth Olympics; powerchair football athlete Toby Lipinski, New Zealand men’s under 19 cricketer Tim Pringle and New Zealand representative cheerleader Leah Rattray.   

Georgia Browne. Supplied image.

Brenda Davis, athletics, Lucy Paterson, water polo, Craig Reilly, rugby and Greg Rieger, surf lifesaving, received scholarships as officials while football, rowing, waka ama, triathlon and athletics are represented in the coach scholarships. 

Full details around scholarship applications for the 2019 March round will become available on the Sport Bay of Plenty website (www.sportbop.co.nz) from February 2019. 

Acorn Foundation Christine Tustain Scholarships

Jack Egan, Tauranga – Canoe Slalom

In July 2019 Jack attended the Junior and U23 World Canoe Slalom Championships where he placed 9th.  This is the first time that a New Zealander has made the finals and placed this high. Jack has been selected for the NZ Junior Canoe Slalom team who will be competing at the Australian Open and Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships in Penrith.  

Olive Pearce, Tauranga – Surf Lifesaving

In March 2019 Olive was selected to be a part of the Surf Lifesaving NZ High Performance Youth (U19) Squad. In 2020 as a member of the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service Olive will travel to the Gold Coast for the Australian Surf Lifesaving National Championships and the Australian Pool Rescue Championships. Her goal is to be selected for the NZ Surf Lifesaving team who will compete at the 2020 Surf Lifesaving World Championships in Italy in September 2020. She is currently in the NZ Squad. 

BayTrust Athlete Scholarships

Finn Anderson, Pāpāmoa – Canoe Slalom

In October 2018 Finn travelled to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aries where he won silver in the C1 obstacle course. Finn has been selected for the NZ Junior Canoe Slalom team who will be competing at the Australian Open and Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships in Penrith in February 2020.  

Georgia Browne, Tauranga – Beach Volleyball

Georgia was selected for the NZ U19 Women’s Beach Volleyball team who competed at the California Beach Volleyball tournament in the US in July 2019 where they made the semi finals.  Georgia has been selected for the 2020 U19 women’s team who will compete at the Asian U19 Beach Champs in March 2020.

Emily Julian, Whakatāne – Beach & Indoor Volleyball

2019 was a big volleyball year for Emily.  She was selected in both the NZ U19 Junior Women’s Indoor Development Team and the Junior Women Under 19 Beach Volleyball Team. The U19 Indoor Team competed at the USA high performance champs in Florida and the Junior Women’s U19 Beach Volleyball Team travelled to California.  

Toby Lipinski, Tauranga – Powerchair Football 

Toby was selected as a member of the NZ representative team who competed in the Asia Pacific Oceania Zone Tournament held in Sydney in October of this year. This was a World Cup qualifying tournament.  Toby’s goal is to be selected in the NZ powerchair football team who will compete at the Australian Nationals in October 2020 and to compete at the 2021 Powerchair Football World Cup.

Hamish Miller, Tauranga – Triathlon

In February 2019 Hamish was a member of the mixed relay triathlon team team that won the NZ National Championship.  Following nationals Hamish was selected in the NZ Team for 2020 who will compete at the Oceania Triathlon Championships in Tasmania, Gold Coast Continental Cup and Asian Cup Sprint Triathlon Series (Japan/China).

 Max Millington, Pāpāmoa – Water Polo

Max is a member of the NZ U18s water polo team who won gold at the Australian Interstate Championships in Sydney in June of this year. In December Max will travel to Australia with the NZ Secondary School Boy’s Water Polo team where he will compete in the Australian School Boys Competition.  

Toby Lipinski. Supplied image.

Tim Pringle, Tauranga – Cricket

In 2019 Tim was selected for the NZ U19 men’s cricket team who played Australia in July/August and Bangladesh in Christchurch in September/October of this year. Tim’s goal is to be selected for the NZ U19 men’s team who will travel to South Africa in January 2020 for the U19 World Cup Tournament.

Leah Rattray, Tauranga – Cheerleading

2019 has been a big year for Leah in cheerleading. She placed second at the NZ Cheerleading Nationals this year for her solo performance and her club team the Bay Twisters placed fourth. Leah has been selected for the NZ Cheerleading Team who will travel to the IASF Cheerleading World Champs in Florida in April 2020.   

Samantha Riddle, Tauranga – Target Rifle Shooting/Long Range Rifle Shooting

Samantha was selected for the North Island Ladies and North Island Open Target Rifle Shooting Teams who competed in the North Island vs South Island Tournament in August 2019.  From this tournament Samantha was selected for the NZ Open and NZ Ladies teams.  At the North vs South Island event Samantha achieved a new record for the Top Scorer Women’s NZ Team (300/300).  

Loui Schuler, Tauranga – Water Polo

In August 2019 Loui attended the U20 NZ men’s water polo trials and was successful in being selected for the NZ junior men’s team (U20s).  They travel to Kuwait in December where they will compete in the 2019 FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships. Loui is waiting on selection for the NZ Youth Men’s Team (U18) who will attend the 2020 FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Turkey in August 2020.

George Snook, Rotorua – Canoe Slalom & Whitewater Kayaking

George placed first in the senior category at the NZ Nationals for extreme canoe slalom and second in the senior category in the whitewater race at Citroen, Wanaka in 2019.  George is waiting on selection for the Canoe Slalom NZ Junior Team (U18) who will compete at the Junior Worlds in Slovenia in July 2020.

Finn Anderson. Supplied image.

Brooke Somerfield, Tauranga – Athletics 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m relay

In 2019 Brook represented New Zealand at the Oceania Track and Field Championships in Townsville, Australia and the World University Games in Naples, Italy.  Brooke’s aim is to qualify in January 2020 for the Australian Track and Field Championships which will be held in Sydney in March 2020.

Caitlin Studer, Whakatāne – Volleyball

In July 2019 Caitlin travelled to Florida with the NZ Junior Women’s U19 Volleyball team where to compete in the USA High Performance Championships. The team placed 13th at this tournament.  Caitlin’s aim is to be selected for the NZ U19 Junior Women’s Volleyball Team who will compete at the 2020 Asian Championships  in March.

Veerle ten Have, Tauranga - RS:X Windsurfing

2019 was a big year of events for Veerle.  In January she competed at the Slalom Nationals in Lyttleton where she finished as the 1st Overall Youth Female and 1st Overall Women.  Veerle went on to compete at the RS:X Europeans in Spain in April, the 2020 World Cup Series 1 in Japan in July and the RS:X World Championships in Italy.  In 2020 Veerle has five scheduled international events in Miami, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Japan.

Brooke Somerfield. Supplied image.

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