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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, APRIL 25, 2013
Another 11 extraordinary young Cantabrians have
been recognised and rewarded for their potential and
dedication to achieving excellence in their chosen fields.
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To qualify, applicants must be aged between 15 and 23 years of age
(as at January 31 of the applicable year), and a resident of Canterbury
for at least 3 years with New Zealand citizenship.
They must have demonstrated extraordinary ability or potential in any
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Currently studying for a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Canterbury,
18-year-old Todd is the principal bassoonist in the NZ Youth Orchestra and was
selected as a fellowship student with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Having won first prize in the under-30 oboist and bassoonists senior section in the
Australasian Double Reed Society competition, he has accepted a place at the
Royal College of Music in London.
A competitive cyclist, Josh races overseas. He has represented New Zealand
in the Junior U19 world champs and the U23 Road world champs. His
achievements include many placings in various international competitions last
year. Riding for the Livestrong team, Josh displayed outstanding ability in the Tour
of California. Now aged 20, Josh needs to live, train and race in Europe and has
signed with one of Belgium's top amateur teams.
At just 15 years old, Jorden has been competing in gymnastics for the last 10
years. A key member of the Canterbury team since 2006, he has won numerous
national team, individual and apparatus titles and is now New Zealand champion,
Australian champion, Canterbury champion and the South Island champion.
Jorden's goal is to compete in the Youth Olympics in China 2014.
Ellie is currently New Zealand's No 1 equestrian eventer in the U18 Junior Rider
Series and first in the Open Novice Nelson & Canterbury Spring Accumulator. This
involves dressage, showjumping and cross-country riding throughout both the
South and North Islands. Ellie has her sights firmly set on being selected in the
NZ U21 Trans-Tasman Eventing Team in nine months' time, with goals to compete
further on the international eventing stage.
At 21, Michael is an outstanding road and track cyclist competing in both
individual and team pursuits. The 2013 NZ U23 time trial champ holds the New
Zealand record and has achieved multiple national titles every year for the last
five years. He has been selected for the NZ Endurance Track Development Team,
requiring him to live in Belgium. He will race and have weekly track training
sessions as part of the Olympic building phase.
Scott is a 21-year-old student with a passion for communicating astrophysics.
Awarded a Rutherford Foundation PhD Scholarship to study at Cambridge
University, he has a first-class honours degree in astrophysics from the University
of Canterbury and received an award for young science orators at the Eureka
Science Communication Awards. He has also been invited to speak on Kim Hill's
Radio National show. He plans to start his PhD in Cambridge later in the year.
Hamish is 17 and very focused on achieving success in football. Selected for
the U19 Secondary Schools football team, he plays at Mainland Premier Level
football, which at 16 was a testament to his tenacity and technical football ability.
The forthcoming U19 NZ tour to the UK and Ireland involves international games
against five countries -- a great opportunity to gain experience and success as part
of his football career.
WAI LING CHAN
Already successful in her chosen field of fencing, Wai Ling (15) placed first in the
Australian U15, second in the Australian U17, fifth in the Asian Cadet Champs in
2012 and second in the Hong Kong Cadet Champs. She hopes to take first place
in the U17 Australian champs and be in the top four in the Asian Cadet champs,
with a goal to achieve world ranking and qualify for the Youth Olympics in
Early on, Connor set himself the goal of being an Olympic time trial champion and
professional road cyclist. Now 16, he has achieved every target set and is in line to
represent New Zealand at the Junior World Track Cycling Champs in Scotland. He
came first in the U19 NZ track cycling champs, 4km teams pursuit, and second
in the U19 track cycling champs, 3km individual pursuit.
Jenny has had a passion for many sports, most notably rowing and hockey. In
2011 she was selected for the Junior Black Sticks. Success followed for her in the
Canterbury team, winning the national competition for the first time in 10 years.
Selection for the Black Sticks came next, with the team winning their first series
for 2013 in India. Jenny's long-term goal is selection into the 2016 Black Sticks to
compete at the Rio Olympics.
Olivia has worked for two prominent New Zealand fashion designers and
prestigious Australian designer Alice McCall, with whom she prepared photo
shoots at Sydney Fashion Week. After interning for Karen Walker, she was asked
back to Auckland to work as a stockroom assistant organising distribution of
the designer's new season's range. Awarded the Zonta and Otago Polytech
Scholarship for Creative Excellence in 2012, Olivia works for Tasmin Cooper in
Dunedin. She hopes one day to have her own fashion brand.
The Inspire Foundation held a function on Thursday to celebrate the
latest round of young Cantabrians who have received grants. The
Foundation has now supported more than 50 young future leaders
(as they refer to them) since its inception in September 2011,
a remarkable feat for any new foundation.
Chairman Paul Wright thanked Iain Ansell, Head of High Performance
Sport, for allowing the foundation's members and grantees access
to the new Apollo Projects Centre in Jellie Park. The evening
culminated in the presentation of award grants to the 11 inspirational
young talented Cantabrians in fields as diverse as astrophysics,
fashion, sports and music.
The Inspire Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to
supporting Canterbury's young talent. 100% of member donations
are held by the Foundation to be given to grantees. Paul Wright
noted that the Inspire Foundation selection panel had assessed over
40 applications before selecting the latest round of funding grantees.
He also welcomed several new members to the Inspire Foundation
Family and thanked the organising committee for their tireless work
in building the Inspire Foundation membership, and the loyal and
wonderful support given by the sponsors, members and supporters
who have made the Inspire Foundation one of the New Zealand's
leading new supporters of young talented people.
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