winter athletes have received a financial boost towards their quest for an
Olympic medal at the Vancouver Winter Games.
aspiring winter Olympians will each receive US$29,000 (AUD$45,000) having been
awarded the 2010 Vancouver Scholarship.
the first time Australian athletes have received such funding and we are
confident the scholarships will assist them in their preparation,” AOC Director
of Sport Fiona de Jong said.
scholarships are designed to assist athletes with the cost of coaching and
training programs as well as the cost of travel for Olympic qualification.
gold medallist Dale Begg-Smith, four time Olympian Jacqui Cooper and World Cup
champion Lydia Lassila are just three of the ten Australian athletes who will
benefit from the funding.
Cooper and Lassila the more time they can get to convert their triple twisting
somersaults from water jump training onto snow the greater chance they have for
consistency and medals in Vancouver.
there is snow we really need to go to maximise our chances,” Lassila said.
from water jump training in Switzerland back to set up jumps in Mt Buller
(Victoria) if the weather is right, and then back overseas to other
training bases is really expensive but essential.
money will make a big difference to myself and benefit the other athletes in
Chinese team are the main force in women’s aerials and each year they are able
to spend many more weeks transferring their water training to snow.
scholarships are each made up of a fixed monthly grant of US$1,500 from
November 2008 to February 2010 for training programs and a fixed subsidy of
US$5,000 for travel.
will make the year so much better financially,” skeleton athlete and Torino 2006
Winter Olympian Michelle Steele said.
full time athlete this is a huge assistance.”
into the Olympics, I won’t have to work full time, which was the original plan.
Training and working full time is very difficult and creates a lot of pressure.
scholarship will ease that pressure, funding my training, travel and living
expenses,” Steele said.
in conjunction with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) and
National Federations nominated a maximum of 10 athletes for the scholarships.
OWIA and the National Federations identified athletes eligible for the
scholarships based on the criteria set by Olympic Solidarity,” de Jong said.
athletes had to have the intent to qualify for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as
well as a proven winter sports record and technical level.”
scholarships are funded by Olympic Solidarity, the department of the
International Olympic Committee responsible for managing and administering the
share of television rights from the Olympic Games to National Olympic
Vancouver 2010 Scholarship Holders:
1. Lydia LASSILA
2. Jenny OWENS
3. Torah BRIGHT
4. Alex PULLIN
5. Michelle STEELE
6. Hannah CAMPBELL-PEGG
7. Ben SIM
8. Jono BRAUER
9. Dale BEGG-SMITH
10. Jacqui COOPER
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