Alpine Observer

Local support for young athletes

- By ALEX CRAIG

KIEWA Valley Sports and Spinal Physiother­apy and the Mt Beauty Medical Centre recently awarded the sixth annual KVSSP/MBMC Young Athlete and Performer Sponsorshi­ps.

This year’s recipients were Ben McIlroy and Nicholas Blackwell.

The sponsorshi­ps intend to foster physical activity in young people between 12 and 17 by providing grants of $500 to go towards the costs of involvemen­t in sport or the ‘active’ performing arts.

The sponsorshi­ps are not specifical­ly targeted at the elites of any given sport, but rather to support those who expend a significan­t amount of time, effort and enthusiasm to achieve their best in their chosen endeavour

McIlroy is a well- known local mountain bike racer who won last season’s national under-19 title in Gravity Enduro.

He has been invited to compete in two World Cup rounds this year and plans to use the sponsorshi­p to help prepare for those events in Tasmania and Rotorua, NZ.

Blackwell has been an allrounder as a junior but in recent years has focussed on crosscount­ry skiing.

He is regularly out roller skiing, running and cycling as well as in the gym 16 hours per week and is aiming to compete in the World Junior Cross-Country Championsh­ips for the next few years while still eligible.

He plans to use the sponsorshi­p to purchase a pair of high-tech triac carbon ski poles for racing.

Mt Beauty Medical Centre director, Dr Mark Zagorski said that there had been a large number of young athletes apply again this year, any of whom would have been worthy winners.

KVSSP practice principal, Greg McLennan said that both young men were highly motivated, and wished them a great year in their chosen fields.

The KVSSP/MBMC Young Athlete and Performer sponsorshi­p for 2017- 18 will be seeking applicatio­ns in October 2017.

 ??  ?? YOUNG SPORTSMEN: Physiother­apist Greg McLennan and Dr Mark Zagorski congratula­te Nic Blackwell and Ben McIlroy, winners of this year’s Kiewa Valley Sports & Spinal Physiother­apy and the Mount Beauty Medical Centre sports sponsorshi­ps.
YOUNG SPORTSMEN: Physiother­apist Greg McLennan and Dr Mark Zagorski congratula­te Nic Blackwell and Ben McIlroy, winners of this year’s Kiewa Valley Sports & Spinal Physiother­apy and the Mount Beauty Medical Centre sports sponsorshi­ps.

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