Thursday 23 October
Schramko heads to next round of Colonial First State Sports Boost
Junior ARTeam member receives $3000 and a bid to win $10,000 for himself and $15,000 for the Australian Rowing Team Junior Program
Amanda Bateman receives $2000 towards her rowing future
Junior Australian Rowing Team athletes Tom Schramko has been announced as the winner of the first round of the Colonial First State Sports Boost. The Sydney-based rower walks away with $3,000 and a place in the 2014-15 Colonial First State Sports Boost Grand Final next year which will see him bid for a chance at winning $10,000 for himself and $15,000 for the Rowing Australia Junior Development Program.
The Sports Boost Program is a Colonial First State grassroots initiative designed to reward and support the up and coming sports stars of the future. Each year, Colonial First State feature some of the leading sporting talents of tomorrow, hand-picked by their national sporting bodies or associations, across selected sports.
This year one of the four sports selected was rowing and Schramko, alongside Amanda Bateman, featured in exclusive videos on the Colonial First State Facebook Page here. While Bateman has not progressed to the next round, she has been awarded $2,000 towards her future rowing career.
Schramko will now progress to the final round in June next year, where the public will have the chance to vote for an overall winner out of the four sports featured. The 18-year-old who rows out of Mosman Rowing Club and is coached by Nick Garratt, said he was delighted with taking out the top prize: "I can't thank Colonial First State Sports Boost and Rowing Australia enough for selecting me as the winner of the $3,000 and a place in the grand final of the program.
"I plan to spend my money on purchasing a car in order to get myself to and from training and various rowing related appointments as currently my coach and parents drive me to everything and I'd like to be able to take that burden off them."
Junior Australian Rowing team-mate, Bateman, who is coached by Al Isherwood at Firbank Grammar in Melbourne, echoed her fellow sculler's sentiments, commenting: "I'm really excited to have received $2,000 from the Colonial First State Sports Boost. I'm currently researching as to how I want to spend my Sports Boost, but it will definitely go towards my future rowing career. I'd also like to congratulate Tom on progressing to the next round, I'll be leading the votes for him to win the top prize!"
For more information, please contact:
Rowing Australia – Media and Communications Manager
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