THE hopes of Hunter and Manning region athletes looking to represent Australia at an Olympic Games have received a boost with applications now open for the annual Greater Building Society Olympic Sports Scholarships.
Ten athletes from the regions who show tremendous potential in their chosen Olympic sport will be awarded a $2000 scholarship to cover some of the expenses in their bid to don the green and gold. Recipients will be announced on November 7.
The scholarships are awarded by the Hunter Academy of Sport. Recipients also receive advice from Hunter Academy of Sport consultants in areas such as sports psychology, nutrition, physical fitness, injury prevention and injury treatment.
The scholarships are in their 21st year and have provided more than $320,000 to support more than 100 athletes.
Applications close Friday September 27. For more information on the scholarships call the Hunter Academy of Sport on 4926 4892.
Forms are available from the Academy's website (www.hunteracademy.org.au) or from any branch of the Greater Building Society.
Local Wingham girl, Ella Hartcher is a current scholarship holder.
The 2016 Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.