Scholarship gives Carramar teen a sporting chance

Jarrod Criddle and his family.
Jarrod Criddle and his family.

CARRAMAR resident Jarrod Criddle received the City of Wanneroo Young Australia League upper secondary scholarship for 2019.

The scholarship, offered to City of Wanneroo residents in years 10 to 12 affected in some way by inequity or disadvantage, has been run in partnership with the league since 2016.

Jarrod, who is a passionate footy player and student at Joseph Banks Secondary College, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anaemia, or bone marrow failure, in November 2016.

A bone marrow transplant offered his only chance of survival; fortunately his younger brother was a match and Jarrod began the process of aggressive chemotherapy and isolation before the transplant could be undertaken.

Due to his treatment, Jarrod missed school and football training and has been working hard to make up for lost time.

The $3000 scholarship will help fund a tutor during Year 12 and Jarrod hopes to combine his love of AFL, fitness, strength training and working with children with disability to achieve his goal of entry to ECU’s Bachelor of Sports Science course.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said local government had a role to play in shaping the leaders of tomorrow, which started with providing access to great education and employment opportunities.

“The grit and determination Jarrod has displayed during the challenges he has faced makes us confident he will achieve great things in the future,” she said.

The scholarship will be offered again in 2020 to a student in year 10, 11 or 12 facing financial or situational barriers who has shown enthusiasm for furthering their education.

City of Wanneroo residents can submit expressions of interest via www.yal.org.au/scholarship.