New Zealand wa­ter polo star gets US break


A young Auck­lan­der will be join­ing a top-ranked Amer­i­can univer­sity after se­cur­ing a schol­ar­ship worth $300,000.

An­to­nia Young, 18, was one of 35 stu­dents from around the world awarded the Robert­son Schol­ar­ship to study at Duke Univer­sity in North Carolina in Au­gust.

The Robert­son Schol­ar­ship is a merit-based schol­ar­ship at Duke Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the United States.

It in­vests in young lead­ers who strive to make trans­for­ma­tional contributions to so­ci­ety.

The schol­ar­ship cov­ers tu­ition, board and a liv­ing al­lowance for up to four years.

‘‘I am so ex­cited,’’ Young said. ‘‘There’s so many net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties through the schol­ar­ship and the re­sources of the univer­sity are first-class.

‘‘The op­por­tu­ni­ties that can come out of these places are un­par­al­leled.’’

Young, a for­mer head girl of St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege, is also an in­ter­na­tional wa­ter polo star.

She’s rep­re­sented New Zealand in world com­pe­ti­tions and hopes to ex­pe­ri­ence the sport in Amer­ica.

‘‘US col­leges have such a great wa­ter polo cul­ture.

‘‘Study­ing in the States could give me the re­sources and con­nec­tions I need to go after the goals I had set for my­self and the dreams I wanted to turn into re­al­i­ties.’’

Young is cur­rently study­ing com­merce and gov­ern­ment and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at Sydney Univer­sity.

She be­gins at Duke at the end of Au­gust, after tak­ing a few weeks off to train and spent time with her fam­ily in New Zealand.

She hopes to pur­sue stud­ies in busi­ness and pol­i­tics.

Young said her am­bi­tious streak and hard work helped her through the years and she of­fered the same ad­vice to young New Zealan­ders.

‘‘Make am­bi­tious goals for your­self and work hard to achieve them.

‘‘You never know what can come out of them,’’ Young said.

‘‘There are many peo­ple in this world that have the same skills and ca­pa­bil­i­ties as you so al­ways put in 110 per cent ef­fort into every­thing you do.’’

‘‘Make am­bi­tious goals for your­self and work hard to achieve them be­cause you never know what can come out of them. ’’


An­to­nia Young will be­gin stud­ies at Duke Univer­sity in Au­gust.

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