The Hagley, Ferrymead Swimmer Scholarships were first awarded in 2008 using funds entrusted to the Hagley, Ferrymead Community Board from the former Woolston Park Amateur Swimming Club. The aim is to help talented and potential swimmers living in Hagley, Ferrymead. There are two annual scholarships available to be used within the swimming calendar year, Talented Swimmer Scholarships of $1000 and the Potential Swimmer Scholarships of $500.
Jacob Barry is currently Canterbury Open Champion in the 800m freestyle and 200m backstroke. He is also ranked second for 200m backstroke in the South Island and is a member of the Canterbury Swimming Academy.
Alexandra Laidlaw has represented NZ on two occasions. She has been chosen by Swimming New Zealand (SNZ) for the past two years to participate in the Age Group Programme and more recently in the Youth Team Programme, two of Swimming NZ’s nine high performance strategies for achieving success at the London Olympics in 2012.
Sophia Batchelor has achieved 25 gold medals, holds 11 NZ records, won the award for the top female swimmer of the Tri Series Tour and the Life Members Trophy for outstanding individual performance at the NZ Age group Championships. This year Sophia will use the scholarship towards the costs of representing NZ at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii. She has been selected in the NZ team to compete at the Oceania Championships in Samaoa in June. Sophia was a finalist at the Swimming NZ Awards in the emerging swimmer of the year category where the other two finalists were members of the Commonwealth Team.
Four emerging swimmers have received Potential Swimmer Scholarships - Whetu Beattie, Emma Myles, Jude Van Houtte, and Alana Le Cren, all from Linwood. Potential Swimmer Scholarship recipients are nominated because they showed a strong commitment to swimming competitively and have family support to meet swimming commitments.
A certificate acknowledging their scholarships was awarded at an afternoon tea function on Monday 14 June 2010. Councillor David Cox and Jenny Johnstone of Swimming Canterbury will present the certificates to the recipients of the Potential Swimmers Scholarship again at the Linwood Avenue Primary School assembly on 18 June at 9am.