Variety scholarships add spice to students’ life

Variety scholarships add spice to students’ life

VARIETY is helping three local teenagers to follow their artistic and sporting dreams.

Hilton drum enthusiast Bryn English, Success basketballer Joshua Kinghorn and South Lake pianist Lewis Smith were among 34 who will receive a boost in their chosen field thanks to a Variety scholarship, which helps young people living with disability, chronic illness or disadvantage to further explore their passions.

Fifteen-year-old Bryn said he had always loved music, especially since getting into South Fremantle Senior High School’s specialist music program.

“I like the way you can be creative with drumming, creating new sounds and rhythms,” he said.

“I’m in a band at school; being the drummer is like being the heartbeat of the band.

“I feel delighted, grateful and proud to get a Variety scholarship and the electric drum kit has helped me practice more in the evening without waking up the whole neighbourhood, or setting the dogs off barking.”

Joshua’s dad Mark Kinghorn said his 15-year-old son had a big passion for basketball.

“He got into basketball playing in a local team three years ago and was noticed by coaches and recommended he try out for the state team,” he said.

“He was the youngest player to ever make the WA state team aged 14 and in February 2016 he played in Queensland for WA.

“Josh’s aim is to go one step further and play for Australia for the Boomerangs and the Variety scholarship has enabled Josh to travel and follow his dreams.”