The Mitre 10 MEGA Whanganui 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 three times each year, closing on 28th February, 30th June and 31st October. The Mitre 10 MEGA Whanganui 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.

Latest recipients

The latest recipients of funding were presented with certificates at Mitre 10 MEGA Whanganui on Thursday, 4 April:

  • Messina Su’a – Selected as part of the Rowing NZ Under 21 team to compete in the Pacific Regatta in Penrith, Australia from 31 May – 2 June 2024.
  • Finnegan Murphy – Accepted to race for elite French cycling club Morlaix Cyclisme Performance (MCP), based in Brittany, France.
  • Mollie King – Selected to represent NZ at the International Weightlifting Federation World Youth Championships in Lima, Peru, from 22-26 May 2024. Mollie has also qualified for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Suva, Fiji in September.
  • Poppy Priddle – Selected for the New Zealand Junior White Sox Softball Team to compete at the WBSC Under-18 Group Stage World Cup Qualifier in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July 2024.
  • Juliet McKinlay – Named in the Athletics NZ team to compete in the 2024 Oceania Athletics Championships in Suva, Fiji from 1-8 June 2024. Juliet will compete in the 100m hurdles, long jump, and heptathlon in the Under 18 Women’s division.

Photos: Recipients, family members, trustees and sponsors at Mitre 10 MEGA Whanganui