Canning Vale and East Cannington teens receive Variety Heart Scholarships

Grace Dawes with her scholarship
Grace Dawes with her scholarship

TWO local teenagers will get the chance to play in national sporting competitions after they were among 31 young people to receive a Variety Heart Scholarship.

Canning Vale 14-year-old Joshua James hasn’t let verbal, oral and motor dyspraxia stop him from excelling in soccer, with his variety scholarship to help provide tuition assistance while he competes in the Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide.

Seventeen-year-old Grace Dawes from East Cannington is a star in basketball despite a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and the scholarship will help pay her way to attend a national competition in NSW.

Variety WA general manager Phil Croot said scholarships were awarded in sport, languages, dancing, singing and drama.

“The Variety Heart Scholarships really have the ability to change the lives of young people in WA, as we’ve seen first-hand with so many of our recipients,” he said.

“It is encouraging to know that these young people now have the chance to excel and follow their dreams.”

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