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Top officials receive PM's scholarships

Published: Mon 19 Dec 2005 01:21 PM
19 December 2005
Top officials receive Prime Minister's scholarships
Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the recipients of the new Prime Minister's Officials Scholarship programme, which assists elite sports officials.
The scholarship programme is a government initiative established earlier this year that aims to support elite officials gain or maintain international accreditation in their sport. The first round of scholarships has been awarded to sixty-one high performance sports officials from 29 sporting codes.
“Whether it’s grass-roots or world-class competition, officials are a critical part of New Zealand sport and these scholarships are one way the government can help them develop further,” said Trevor Mallard.
"The scholarships create a wonderful opportunity for up and coming officials to reach the top of their sport, and it will ensure that New Zealand continues to lead the way in producing world-class referees and umpires.
“We are committed to getting world-class results and this is achieved not only by supporting the athlete, but also supporting the people behind sport who help make it happen."
Today's scholarship recipients include top judo referee Craig Monaghan. Craig holds an International Judo Federation (IJF) International Referees Licence - the highest level in world judo – and is consistently ranked in the top ten referees worldwide. He hopes to use his scholarship to maintain his international ranking and improve his refereeing ability.
Also on the list is world-class gymnastics official Avril Enslow. Avril holds an International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Category 1 Brevet, which also places her in the top of the judging categories for her sport. She will use her scholarship to attend the intercontinental judging course to help maintain her international ranking.
Trevor Mallard said the government has committed $332,513 to the Prime Minister's Officials Scholarships programme this year.
Scholarships are available to officials who are accredited at the international level and developing international officials. The scholarships are administered by SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand).
PRIME MINISTER’S HIGH PERFORMANCE OFFICIALS SCHOLARSHIPS
SPORT APPLICANT REGION VALUE
Athletics
Trevor Spittle
North Canterbury
$1,750
Badminton NZ
Lynne Nixey
Auckland
$5,777
Richard Bramley
Christchurch
$3,434
Basketball NZ
Tim Brown
Auckland
$1,737
Bike NZ
John McDonnell
Wanganui
$8,500
Dave Dijk
Tauranga
$1,130
Ian Mackie
Pukekohe
$4,410
David Judson
Nelson
$6,940
NZ Canoe Federation
Kay Dawson
Tauranga
$6,270
Diving NZ
Ann Sissons
Warkworht
$8,454
Vicki Campbell
Hamilton
$4,879
Equestrian Sports
Leopoldo Jugo
Group - Venezuela
$4,800
Nicoli Fife
Putaruru
$5,500
Sue Hobson
Pahiatua
$9,000
John Carmichael
Otautau, Southland
$9,998
Susan O’Brien
Morrinsville
$4,650
Winston Churchill
Te Kuiti
$3,800
Janice Bird
Upper Hutt
$5,292
Betty Brown
Taranaki
$7,040
NZ Golf
Graeme Scott
Porirua, Wellington
$6,607
NZ Gymnastics
Avril Enslow
Christchurch
$5,750
Marie Stechman
Auckland
$4,293
Stephen Kendall
Auckland
$5,022
NZ Hockey
Craig Gribble
Auckland
$5,300
NZ Ice Hockey Federation
Peter Haxell
Auckland
$9,398
Ice Speed Skating NZ
Pamela Gray
Rolleston
$3,100
Kelvin Nichol
Christchurch
$3,100
Peter Silcock
Christchurch
$3,100
Judo NZ
David Browne
Auckland
$5,550
Craig Monaghan
Christchurch
$6,752
Karate NZ
Robert Smith
Hamilton
$6,744
Dennis Hay
West Auckland
$6,744
Simon Merrick
South Auckland
$6,744
Kartsport NZ
Greg Kneaves
Tauranga
$8,900
Netball NZ
Amanda Nottingham
Christchurch
$7,894
Bobbi-Gene Brown
Clinton
$1,913
Alison Cormack
Gore
$2,966
Yvonne Morgan
Auckland
$3,735
NZ Olympic Weightlifting
Afatia (Andy) Baker
Wellington
$3,225
NZ Rugby League
Glen Black
$10,000
Craig Pascoe
$10,000
Skate NZ
Graeme Campbell
Hastings
$7,392
Bob Arlidge
Auckland
$5,905
Soccer NZ
David Elleray
England
$9,800
Softball NZ
Wayne Saunders
Lower Hutt
$8,400
Squash NZ
Paul Sneyd
Masterton
$4,626
Swimming NZ
Brent Singer
Takanini, Auckland
$4,052
Esther Price
Winton, Southland
$4,632
Lyn Sutherland
Invercargill
$4,632
Tennis NZ
Aidan O’Rourke
Wellington
$2,715
Christine McKnight
Taupo
$2,925
Patrick O’Rourke
Wellington
$2,655
Volleyball
Andrew Hercus
Christchurch
$3,120
Richard Casutt
South Australia
$7,250
SPORT APPLICANT OBJECTIVE VALUE
NZ Waterski
Clare Willard
Whitby
$2,700
Allison Eade
Auckland
$7,482
Lynley Ross
Auckland
$4,390
Wrestling NZ
Malcolm McBeth
Hamilton
$8,450
Grant Astrella
Hamilton
$1,550
Yachting NZ
Richard Brown
Auckland
$11,220 (group)
Richard Clouston
North Shore
John Parrish
North Shore
TOTAL
$332,513
ENDS

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