The Inspire Foundation Marlborough’s burgeoning “family” grew by seven at the ASB Theatre last week.
The Foundation’s fourth grantee evening provided a timely financial boost for a group of the region’s high-achieving youngsters, bringing the total number of 15-23-year-olds helped by the foundation to 22.
The Foundation encourages applications from sports people, music students, all the arts and those with academic achievement who want to go on and make a real difference in their field of excellence of science, design, sport, technology, entrepreneurial and/or innovation.
The first grantees for 2019 came from varying fields.
They comprised 15-year-old classical ballet dancer Samantha Grammer, track cycling specialist Callum Saunders, woodchopper Finn Sloan, rising tennis star Jade Otway, violinist Samuel Lee, 18-year-old tennis player Josh Gwynne and rower Phoebe Trolove.
Two former grantees were given re-grants. They were Connor Guillemot (triathlon) and Brett McKeown (piping).
Guest speaker at the grantee evening was world champion Kiwi free diver William Trubridge, who provided an enlightening and motivational address.
Previous grants have gone to:
2017 – Liv Bishop (mountain biking); Olivia Sheat (opera); Quinn Udy (squash)
2018 – Alex Dawson (athletics); Jody Jansen Van Vuuren (shooting); Eleanor Grigg (music); Brad Palatchie (shooting); Chas Craig (golf); Jonty Zydenbos (music), Connor Guillemot (triathlon); Kodi Rasmussen (music); Lucy Sheat (athletics); Libby Holdaway (music), Brett McKeown (music); Angus McFarlane (rowing).