Funding help for Olympic hopefuls

YOUNG local Olympic hopefuls have been gaining funding assistance for the past 12 years via the Future Olympian's Scholarship Program run by Jindabyne ex-Olympians Manuela Berchtold-Jones and Alice Chilcott.

During this time they have raised more than $150,000 which has been passed onto young athletes showing potential and to Olympic contenders.

Last Sunday at Rydges Horizons Resort, Jindabyne's Nicole Park, Russ Henshaw, Scott Kneller and Sami Kennedy-Sim were each gifted a cheque for $3,000 to help with their northern winter expenses and competing at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Other athletes who had yet to qualify for Sochi 2014, Sam Robertson, Boen Ferguson, Callum Watson and Alex Almakouv each received $1,500 to help them with costs for the northern hemisphere season.

Travelling and competing on the World Cup circuit for the elite athletes and the junior skiers trying to gain valuable experience can be very costly and without the help of sponsors and parents footing most of these costs it would be unrealistic for many of these aspiring athletes.

The scholarship program annually helps out with extra funds which allows these competitors to stay in tune with overseas athletes and gives them a fighting chance to prove they can compete on the world stage.

Apart from being presented with a cheque, the Olympic athletes also received a jewellery gift from ME Jewellery - the boys a ring and the girls a lovely snowflake pendant.

Jindabyne has been fortunate to have exceptional talented skiers and snowboarders that have gone on to represent Australia and many of these will be on show at the Sochi 2014 games in February.

Photos by Steve Cuff

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