The Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Future Champions Trust is aimed at giving local people and businesses an opportunity to support our talented sporting youth with a ‘hand up’ to reach their full potential at international level in their chosen sport.
Whanganui has an abundance of talented young sports people who have the ability to compete at the very highest level; sometimes they just need an extra helping hand to assist them in achieving their potential on the world stage.
Funding rounds are held twice yearly, at the end of March and September. The Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Future Champions Trust encourage all athletes interested in applying to visit their website to learn more about funding criteria and to download an application form.
The latest recipients of funding from the March 2023 funding round:
- Gabriella Valentine – Speed Skating – selected to compete at the World Skate Oceania Speed Skating Championships held recently in Nundah, Brisbane.
- Tazia Parker – Speed Skating – selected to compete at the World Skate Oceania Speed Skating Championships held recently in Nundah, Brisbane.
- Oliver Hutchins – Football – selected to represent New Zealand as part of the NZ Secondary School Under 19 Football Tour of Malaysia and Singapore in April 2023.
- Louise Brabyn – Track & Field – selected for the New Zealand Secondary School Under 18 Track and Field team to compete at the Australian Junior Track and Field Championships held in Brisbane, 12-18 April.
- Katie Ramage – Mountain Biking – currently overseas with the KiwiMTBCollective team, a development mountain bike race team for young New Zealanders to race overseas at World Cups and other events.
- Chase Morpeth – Speed Skating – currently training in Germany as part of the Arena Geisingen Development Men’s Speed Skating team, in the lead up to the World Championships.
Photo: Three of the Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Future Champions Trust recipients with trustees and sponsors – from L-R Sarah Gibson, Hayden Gibson (Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui), Gabriella Valentine, Ron Cheatley (FCT), Oliver Hutchins, Richard Millward (FCT), Louise Brabyn and Philippa Baker-Hogan (FCT).