Melville recognises promising athletes with youth sports scholarships


Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey with the 15 of the 17 Youth Sports Scholarship recipients for 2016.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey with the 15 of the 17 Youth Sports Scholarship recipients for 2016.

SEVETEEN of Melville’s most promising young athletes were awarded Youth Sports Scholarships (YSS) at a celebratory presentation held earlier this month.

The YSS program aims to foster, develop and enhance the outstanding sporting abilities displayed by selected City of Melville young people.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said the scholarships enabled athletes to reach new sporting heights by allowing free access to the City’s LeisureFit Centres for a year.

“Every year we are blown away by the outstanding talent and huge level of commitment from our sporting youth,” he said.

“This year’s YSS received more applications than ever before, making it extremely hard for the judging panel.

“Congratulations to recent victor and continuing scholarship recipient Min Woo Lee, who won the recent US Junior Amateur Golf Championship.

“It was fantastic to see new athletes and some familiar faces who again have qualified for the scholarship this year, illustrating the continued dedication, ambition and determination of our sporting stars.

“With a huge variety of sporting activities sponsored this year, I look forward to seeing our future champions compete at international level across a diverse range of sport. We may even have our next Olympic hero among us.”

City of Melville Youth Sports Scholarship winners

Athletics – Caitlin Blackman

Australia Football League – Lilly Bird

Cricket – Niamh Walsh

Golf – Min Woo Lee

Hockey – James Leigh, Jo Synman

Judo – Patrick Tichelaar

Karate – Olivia Clifford

Softball – Brielle Karklin

Synchronised Swimming – Alessandra Ho, Hannah Burkhill, Kazia Zenke, Tamila Andreeva

Triathlon – Jonathan Sammut

Volleyball – Dylan Wood

Waterpolo – Alastair Bruce, Cody Smith