Rotorua Golfer And North Canterbury Conservationist Score $20,000 AMP Awards
North Canterbury farmer Jamie McFadden and Rotorua teenage golfing champion Sam Hunt are a lot closer to achieving their
dreams after being awarded AMP Premium Scholarships each worth $20,000 over the next two years.
AMP Marketing Manager John McMurdo said that Jamie McFadden and Sam Hunt were selected to receive the premium
scholarships from the 10 inspirational kiwis who were awarded AMP Scholarships in June this year.
“Jamie and Sam stood out because of their passion, determination and ‘go get it’ attitude,” said John McMurdo. “They’re
both strong, inspiring individuals who are not afraid to aim high with their aspirations.”
John McMurdo said it was a hard decision to choose just two people from the ten 2001 scholarship winners.
“Each of this year’s scholarship winners is an exceptionally talented and dedicated person. Given that the ten
scholarship winners were originally selected from over 650 applications, it was a real challenge to then select the
premium scholarship winners.”
Seventeen-year-old Sam Hunt is the current New Zealand amateur golfing champion and a member of the AMP Rotorua Boy’s
High School golf team that successfully defended their World Secondary Schools Championship title earlier this year.
A top performing student at Rotorua Boy’s High, Sam will use his premium scholarship to help him to compete
internationally over the next three years with the aim of qualifying for the 2004 US Masters. He said the AMP Premium
Scholarship will make a huge difference to him achieving his goal of pursuing a professional golfing career.
“It’s great to know that I have the support I need over the next couple of years to help me reach my goal,” he said. "I
could practise for hours and hours but nothing compares to competing in international competitions and playing against
the best players in the world.”
North Canterbury farmer and conservationist Jamie McFadden’s vision is to inspire communities to plant native trees and
plants to increase natural habitats for wildlife and beautify land that is often unused. His commitment to conservation
and effective land management is reflected in his involvement with local landcare groups and his role as joint vice
president of North Canterbury Federated Farmers.
Jamie said that AMP’s support will provide a huge boost to his community conservation projects.
“The premium scholarship will mean the projects can happen on a much bigger scale, allowing more people to be involved
and the areas of land we are planting to be transformed that much faster,” he said.
“We also hope that what we’re doing on a local level will capture the imagination of other communities around the
country and encourage them to do similar projects within their local areas.”
John McMurdo said the AMP Scholarship Programme aims to assist extraordinary New Zealanders to achieve their goals. Over
the past three years, the programme has awarded almost $400,000 worth of scholarships to 35 extraordinary New
Rotorua’s Sam Hunt, 17, has been playing golf since he was nine, lowering his handicap from 36 to 2 under. His dream is
to qualify for the 2004 US Masters in Augusta before following in the footsteps of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win
the US Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA Championships.
Sam has won the individual trophy at the World Intercollegiate Championship and qualified to play in the NZ Open as an
amateur. He also finished fourth in last year’s Junior British Open
Other golf successes include being a member of the New Zealand under-18 golf team for the past two years and winning
several Bay of Plenty titles. Sam is also a member of the AMP Rotorua Boy's High School golf team that won the last two
World Secondary Schools Championships.
North Canterbury’s Jamie McFadden, 34, plans to make the world a better place by encouraging and involving people in
Jamie established a native plant nursery on his family’s 800 hectare farm seven years ago for replanting vacant areas on
the farm. The nursery opened to the public in 1999 and Jamie now plans to use plants from the nursery for a community
project in the Hurunui district.
The project involves developing native plantings throughout the Hurunui district with the aim of increasing the number
of natural habitats and enhancing the movement of wildlife, particularly native birds. Jamie is involved in a number of
local groups and is currently joint vice president for North Canterbury Federated Farmers.
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