Manly Warringah’s Jenna Trim has continued her wonderful year after she was awarded a NSW Olympic Council grant earlier this week.
Jenna was one of 10 recipients of the grant, with more than 500 under-18 athletes applying for the award.
Designed to provide financial support for under-18 athletes participating in Olympic Sports, with this year’s awardees came from sports including Athletics, Equestrian, Fencing, Figure Skating, Football, Hockey, Short Track Speed Skating, Softball, Triathlon and Water Polo.
The awardees were also required to demonstrate behaviour consistent with the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence.
Jenna, who was named the short stop of the tournament at the under-19s national championships in January, said the grant will help her push for higher honours.
“It drives me to train harder, and knowing that I will compete more helps me work towards my goal of selection from the squad into the Australian team,” Trim said.
With softball being one of Australia’s most successful Olympic sports, claiming four medals at four Games, Trim said it was fantastic for the smaller sport to be acknowledged.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to be recognised by the AOC for a sport that doesn’t get as much recognition as other sports do,” she said.
“Being awarded the grant helps not only me but also my family out as I am one of three that excels in the field of softball.”
The recipients of the grant also heard from 2018 Winter Olympics snowboard cross silver medalist Jarryd Hughes.
The 2018 recipients are the fifth group to be awarded a NSW Olympic Committee junior grant, after it was first awarded in 2014, with the grants to be used for travel and accommodation for national and international competition, including entry fees, competition uniforms and equipment upgrades.
NSW Olympic Council president Helen Brownlee presented the $1,500 grants and said that by supporting up and coming athletes, the NSWOC is making an investment in the nation’s future.
“We have intentionally targeted those young people who have demonstrated a commitment to their sport but have not received any financial assistance from other sources,” Brownlee said.
“It is pleasing to see the difference these encouragement grants have made to these young people and we acknowledge their success in subsequent competitions at national and international levels.”
2018 NSWOC Junior Grant Awardees
|Figure Skating||Amelie Tabor|
|Short Track Skating||Kieran Guan|
|Water Polo||Matthew Humby|