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She may be pint sized but Kayla’s dreams of an international career in trampolining are huge, and thanks to a Variety Heart Scholarship made possible because of funding provided by NCIG, Kayla’s dreams are now a step closer.

The Variety Heart Scholarships provide children with an existing talent living with disabilities, chronic illness or financial hardship, the financial assistance to achieve their full potential and to pursue their dreams.

NCIG’s Community Support Program will this year support five children throughout the Hunter region with scholarships awarded to children who excel in the areas of education, sport and the arts.
Kayla has a passion for sport and excels in swimming, cross country and athletics. But her number one love is trampolining. The past two years have been a road paved with gold after she won her division in the State NSW Trampolining Championships and Elite Australian National Championships.
With dreams of competing at an international level, Kayla will use her scholarship to help fund her training and uniforms.

Other recipients of NCIG scholarships include:

Tristan H.
Tristan’s passion for dance has followed an unconventional path. Although he has always loved to dance, he didn’t begin any formal training until he was 14 with hip-hop and jazz lessons. Now he’s getting back to basics with classical training in ballet. A dedicated student, Tristan can spend up to six hours a day practising, on top of going to school. Next year he plans to study dance fulltime. Tristan will use his scholarship towards more dance lessons.

Gabriella H.
Gabriella’s passion and talent for swimming has won her gold and silver representing NSW in the 2017 Special Olympics Junior National Games. She hopes to defend her achievement when she represents NSW again in 2018. Gabriella loves the belonging she feels being part of the National Games and dreams of one day representing Australia in the Special Olympics World Games. In pursing her goal, Gabriella must travel a lot. She will use her scholarship to help cover her travel costs.

Ningali F.
Ningali has always dreamed of being a professional tennis player and is working hard to accomplish her dream. Next year, she is travelling to the USA to take part in an immersive tennis program at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch on a partial scholarship. This program will give her the opportunity to train with a private coach and compete in US tournaments.

Ningali will use her Variety Heart Scholarship towards covering the costs of travelling to the program.

Megan N.
A young athlete with huge potential, Megan could swim before she could walk. She began lessons when she was 2 years old to help strengthen her body and has since then worked hard in developing her talent. Possessing a strong competitive edge, Megan loves swimming because she loves to go fast!  She was recently selected for the Junior National Games Team. Her scholarship will be used towards travelling to represent Special Olympics NSW in the 2018 National Games team.

Jason Bourke, Regional Director for Variety said they were incredibly thankful to NCIG for supporting the hopes and dreams of children in the Hunter.

“You have no idea the elation in the kid’s voices when we tell them they are receiving a scholarship from funds we receive from NCIG.

“These scholarships aim not only to help these talented young people reach their full potential in their area of interest, but also show them that the broader community believes in them and their dream of greatness as much as they do,” Mr Bourke said.

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