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Funding the Bay’s next top athletes and coaches

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

 Peter Burling is a past recipient of the BayTrust Athlete Scholarship. Photo: George Novak.

Applications for the next round of BayTrust Athlete and Coach Development Scholarships are now open.

The scholarships support and assist Bay of Plenty sporting talent to achieve on the national and international sporting stage, and allow coaches to develop new skills that can be delivered back to the community.

The scholarships are funded by BayTrust, as part of their contribution to Sport Bay of Plenty’s CoachForce programme, which fully supports BayTrust’s vision of helping develop strong, vibrant Bay of Plenty communities.

Applications highlight the exceptional sporting and coaching talent that exists within the Bay of Plenty and these scholarships demonstrate an appreciation for the hard work, commitment and dedication that these athletes and coaches give to their sport and communities.

Past athletes to receive the scholarship include Peter Burling (Sailing), Sam O’Dea (Volleyball), Joseph Millar (Athletics), Kurk Pickard (BMX), Natalie Peat (Surf Life Saving) and Amanda Landers-Murphy (Squash); while past coaches include Melanie Bennett (Basketball), Aaron Osborne (Canoe Slalom), Jay Carter (Golf), Moehewa Armstrong (Rugby League) and Julieta Diaz (Synchronised Swimming).

Both scholarships are open to sports people residing in the region, with a goal to retain coaching expertise and sporting talent in the Bay of Plenty.

Athlete Scholarship applications are available to any aspiring athlete from the Bay of Plenty, aged 16-23 years, who has achieved national representation at their sport.

The Coach Scholarships are for coaches currently coaching at a recognised and endorsed level by their respective Regional Sporting Organisation (RSO) or equivalent body.

Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Monday, 2 October, 2017.

Click here for application criteria and application forms.

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