Rio Olympic hopefuls are among a group of more than 40 University of Queensland students who have received 2016 UQ Sporting Scholarships.
Beneficiaries include Paralympic gold medallist Brenden Hall, and Australian and state-level athletes representing 18 sports.
UQ Sport chief executive Bryan Pryde said the UQ Sporting Scholarship program provided financial assistance and academic support to help student-athletes balance studies with the demands of elite-level sport.
“As well as dedicated support through the UQ Sport Academy and free access to all our health and fitness facilities, recipients benefit from academic liaison and support, tutoring and athlete workshops,” he said.
“These outstanding individuals, made up of current champions and tomorrow’s stars, were chosen from a field of hundreds of top-level sportsmen and women.
“We look forward to working with these students on their exciting journey ahead.”
“UQ Sporting Scholarships are more than a financial leg-up – they provide invaluable support when balancing sport and study becomes challenging,” he said.
“Leading into my first Olympic Games, I feel confident I can keep my degree on-track without performances being impacted on the road to Rio.”
Chair of UQ’s Sports Achievement Scholarship Committee Dr Philip Bodman said elite student-athletes were ideal representatives for the University.
“Elite student-athletes juggle study and other significant commitments on their time and resources, so they are great role models for all students,” he said.
“This year’s group joins a long, prestigious list of UQ elite student-athletes, who are either still studying with us, or who we are proud to call our alumni.”
Chair of the Clem Jones Sporting Scholarship Committee Professor Andrew Cresswell said it was pleasing that a large number of athletes were represented.
“The late Clem Jones AO had a particular interest in tennis and cricket, and I know he would be pleased to see the outstanding performances of this year’s winners across a broad range of sports,” he said.
“On behalf the committee, I wish all the scholarship winners the very best with their sporting and academic endeavours.”
2016 CLEM JONES SPORTING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (VALUE IS $18,000 OVER THREE YEARS - $6000 A YEAR):
Nate Dennis (AFL) – B. Engineering (Hons)/B. Biotechnology
Jonathan Macanawai (AFL) – B. Health, Sport & Physical Education
Nikola Bojic (Athletics – High Jump) – B. Health, Sport & Physical Education
Brandon Herrigan (Athletics – Hurdles) – B. Regional & Town Planning
Kirra Womersley (Athletics – Hurdles & 100m/200m) – B. Health, Sport & Physical Education
Clara Smith (Athletics – Race Walking) – B. Engineering (Honours)
Dane Bird-Smith (Athletics – Race Walking) – B. Health, Sport & Physical Education
Kobie Donovan (Athletics – Shot Put/ Javelin) – B. Health, Sport & Physical Education (Honours)
Maddison Keeney (Diving) – B. Science
Isabella Wilkinson-McIntyre (Equestrian) – B. Economics/ B. Commerce
Jamie Young (Football) – B. Health Sciences
Oliver Crane (Hockey) – B. Business Management
Hannah Astbury (Hockey) – B. Arts
Megan Williams (Mountain Biking) – B. Commerce
Tara Hinchliffe (Netball) – B. Psychological Science (Honours)
Maddison Hinchliffe (Netball) – B. Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Annabella Sorby (Netball) – B. Science
Gabrielle Simpson (Netball) – B. Physiotherapy (Honours)
Laura Clemesha (Netball) – B. Psychological Science
Kimberley Jenner (Netball) – B. Health, Sport & Physical Education
Caitlin Cronin (Rowing) – B. Engineering (Chemical)
Blaine Heseltine (Rowing) – B. Engineering (Electrical)
Jordan Lenac (Rugby Union) – B. International Hotel & Tourism Management
Samuel Wallis (Rugby Union) – B. Arts
Harry Hockings (Rugby Union) – B. Commerce
Jacob Williams (Rugby Union) – B. Business Management /B. Arts
James MacMillan (Rugby Union) – B. Business Management
Angus Galloway (Sailing) – B. Business Management
Brenden Hall (Swimming) – B. Exercise & Sport Sciences
Gabriella Palm (Water Polo) – B. Arts
Kieran Mulcahy (Water Polo) – B. International Studies
Lara O’Brien (Windsurfing) – B. Health, Sport & Physical Education
2016 SPORTS ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (value is from $3000 to $9000 for one year):
Breanna Koenen (AFL) – B. Physiotherapy
Mia Cunningham (Athletics – Javelin) – B. Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Shauna Herbst (Athletics – Long/Triple Jump) – B. Biomedical Science
Joshua Wigginton (Cricket) – B. Physiotherapy (Honours)
Daniel Cranitch (Cricket) – B. Business Management/B. Arts
Bronte Jackson (Fencing) – B. Arts
Chloe Litherland (Netball) – B. Health, Sport & Physical Education
Abigail Meafou (Netball) – B. Human Services
Danielle Prince (Rhythmic Gymnastics) – B. Health, Sport & Physical Education
Emily Haines (Volleyball) – B. Exercise & Sport Sciences