On Thursday November 1st, the Greater building society announced the 2012 Olympic scholarship winners. Below are a list of the winners with a description of their achievements.
1. Isobel Cootes Age 17 Football Warners Bay
Isobel was first selected to represent Australia at football as a 14 year old when she traveled to Vietnam as captain of the Australian Under 14 Team. Last year she was selected to represent Australia in the Under 17 years team which firstly traveled to New Zealand to play a friendly game and then to China to compete in the Asian Cup Tournament.
2. Taylor Corry Age 17 Swimming (Paralympian) Nelson Bay
Taylor was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Para-Olympics in London where she won Silver in both the 200 metres freestyle and the 100 metres backstroke. She presently holds 3 world records in backstroke and butterfly events.
3. Kailani Craine Age 14 Figure Skating Waratah
Kailani has this year been selected to represent Australia in the Cup of Nice Tournament in France and the Ice Challenge Tournament in Austria. She is ranked as the top junior ladies ice skater in Australia and is the current Hunter (Junior and Senior) Figure Skating champion.
4. Brock Griffiths Age 14 BMX Cycling Cardiff South
Brock was this year selected to represent Australia in the National Development Team which competed in a Trans Tasman Test Series. He was a bronze medallist at the National Championships this year at Mount Gambier and has won gold in various events at state level during the year.
5. Ella Hartcher Age 17 Archery Burrell Creek
Ella this year was selected in the NSW State Youth Archery Team to compete in the National Youth Championships held in Armidale and also in the Australian Junior Trans Tasman Team to represent Australia in Rotorua, New Zealand. In Armidale she won 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal and Rotorua a bronze medal.
6. Nathan Power Age 19 Water Polo New Lambton
In 2011 Nathan was the Australian Junior (under 18) captain and Australian Schoolboys Captain. He was also named the Most Valuable Player at the National Under 18 Championships in 2011, and in 2012 represented NSW at the National Under 20 Championships. Nathan has played in the Hunter Hurricanes National League Men’s Team in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and has been a NSW Senior Country Representative since 2009.
7. Aaron Royle Age 22 Triathlon Maryland
During this year Aaron has been competing successfully on the tough European Circuit. He won the 2012 Oceania Sprint Triathlon Championship in New Zealand and the Canary Wharf Cup in London. He was also placed 3rd in the Australian Sprint Championship in Geelong and again 3rd in the Oceania Olympic Distance Triathlon in Devonport, Tasmania.
8. Shaun Swadling Age 19 Trampoline Charlestown
During this year Shaun finished 2nd in the Individual Trampoline Event at the Australian Titles. He was selected to represent Australia in the World Cup in China and as the Olympic reserve for London. He has been a member of the Australian Open Squad during this year and represented Australia in the Pacific Rim Event in Seattle.
9. Laura Whaler Age 25 Athletics (Sprints) East Maitland
Laura was selected in the 2011 Australian 4 x 100 metres relay team to compete in the World Championships in Korea and in the 2012 Shadow Squad for the London Olympics. She has been a dual silver medalist (in the 100 and 200 metres at national level) and has represented Australia on a number of occasions in the 4 x 100 metre relay event.
10. Mariah Williams Age 17 Hockey Teralba
During this year Mariah has been selected in the National Under 21 World Cup Squad. She is a NSW Institute of Sport Scholarship holder and has represented NSW at both under 21 and under 18 levels. She was selected as the Player of the Carnival at the NSW Schools Championships.