As Matthew Flinders Anglican College prepares to close its Sports Scholarship round this Friday, 24 August 2018, four Flinders sports scholars are encouraging other young sports stars to apply.
Flinders students Holly Harben (Year 11), Sienna Harben (Year 9), Alicia Fay (Year 11) and Angus Sinclair (Year 11) are all current recipients of Flinders’ sought-after Sports Scholarships.
Flinders Principal Stuart Meade encouraged families to apply by this Friday for the scholarships, which are designed to help nurture students with special talents in sport.
“These scholarships not only support College tuition fees but provide mentoring and logistical support to enable these sports stars to concentrate on achieving in school as well as sport,” Mr Meade said.
“We are looking for remarkable young men and women who want to excel in their chosen sport and have the focus and passion to pursue their goals, but who will also make a significant contribution to the life of our College.
“Our current Sports Scholarship recipients – Holly, Sienna, Alicia and Angus – are fine examples of students who want to embrace the many opportunities available at a quality school like Flinders.”
Star hockey players Holly Harben and Angus Sinclair appreciate the flexibility and support they receive through their respective Flinders Sports Scholarship.
Holly was recently selected in the U18 Queensland Hockey squad, and earlier in the year secured second place at the Nationals while representing Queensland in the U15s.
An all-round athlete, Holly also participates in College touch football and basketball, as well as athletics and cross country, which she represents at regional and district levels.
“My scholarship at Flinders helps me to feel supported as I concentrate on developing as a hockey player to achieve my goal to represent Australia,” Sienna said.
“I’m committed to giving my best in my daily training schedule and when competing, but I also want to achieve academically.
“As part of my scholarship, I am assigned a teacher mentor who has been a wonderful support to help me cope with the pressures of assignments and exams, and to teach me important skills like time management.
“I am very grateful for this scholarship and encourage other students to apply if they are serious about their sports development and study.”
Likewise, Angus appreciates the support as he represents Queensland in hockey at the U18 level. Angus secured a silver medal at the National Championships and has also been selected in the U19 Queensland Schoolboys team to tour New Zealand in October.
In addition, Angus plays Division 1 Open Men's for Flinders Hockey Club (SCHA Minor Premiers) and has represented the College at rugby, athletics, touch football and basketball.
Holly’s sister Sienna Harben was awarded a Flinders Sports Scholarship to support her swimming career.
Sienna is one to watch as the Australian Championships Finalist and Champion for the 100m breaststroke. She is also the Queensland Champion for the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, and second in Queensland for the 200m individual medley and 800m freestyle, and with multiple third placings.
Meanwhile, Alicia Fay is enjoying her Flinders Sports Scholarship as she trains in kayaking and surf lifesaving as the Australian Champion in the single ski and ski relay, and as part of the Queensland Academy of Sport.
Alicia made the Junior World’s team for kayaking and is placed 19th in the world. She will also be representing her surf club at the Lifesaving World Championships in November.
“Flinders has been incredibly supportive and understanding, which helps to reduce the stress of travelling to compete in events,” Alicia said.
“My mentor and teachers help in many ways, such as by scheduling spare lessons so that I can complete schoolwork and by arranging extensions if assignments clash with events.”
Applications for Flinders Sports Scholarships close Friday, 24 August 2018. No late applications will be accepted.
For more information, please visit www.mfac.edu.au.