Scholarships for top athletes and coaches


BayTrust and Sport Bay of Plenty are proud to announce the recipients of the BayTrust Scholarships. The scholarships recognise both athletes and coaches and aim to support and assist Bay of Plenty sporting talent to achieve on the national and international sporting stage, and allow coaches to develop new skills that can be delivered back to the community.

The scholarships are funded from BayTrust's $400,000 yearly contribution to Sport Bay of Plenty's CoachForce programme and fully support BayTrust's Vision of strong, vibrant, healthy BoP communities.

Both scholarships are open to sports people residing in the region covered by the BayTrust and Sport Bay of Plenty, with the intention that the coaching expertise and sporting talent is retained in the Bay. The Athlete Scholarship applications were available to any young athlete from the Bay of Plenty aged 16-23 who has achieved national representation at their sport, while the Coach Scholarships are for coaches currently coaching at a recognised and endorsed level by their respective Regional Sporting Organisation or equivalent body.

Applications highlight the exceptional sporting and coaching talent that exists within the Bay of Plenty region and these scholarships demonstrate an appreciation for the hard work, commitment and dedication that these athletes and coaches give to their sport and communities.

BayTrust Athlete Scholarships:



Abby Goldie (pictured right),

(Welcome Bay)


Abby's resume is an impressive list of achievements.

This year alone competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January, Abby won silver in both the Medley and 4 x 100m relays, and gained NZ records in the 4 x 100m relay.


Abby also won two gold medals at the Western BOP Athletics Champs in the 100m and 200m WU18.

Abby hopes to qualify in June for the Youth World Champs and in December hopes to win 100m and 200m events at the NZ Secondary Schools Championships. Abby also has international goals for next year including the World Junior Champs and World Youth Olympics.

Anneke Jenkins



Anneke's list of achievements is extensive. She has competed at world cup level and is the current holder of many Bay of Plenty and Auckland Open records. Anneke's most recent achievements include 1st Female at Surfbreaker Sprint Triathlon and 3rd Open Female in the Bridge to Bridge swim. This year Anneke has goals of placing in the top three elite women at several international sprint and Olympic distance triathlons in Germany and Europe. One of which is the Olympic Distance Triathlon at the World Champs in London this year in September.

Ben Gibb

(Te Puna)

Canoe Slalom

Ben is a member of the NZ Canoe Slalom team and the NZ U23 Canoe Slalom team who in 2013 alone have competed in the NZ Selection Series with both teams gaining a result of 1st boat. At the Oceania Championships Ben and his team placed 5th and 1st in U23. In the NZ selection races 1 and 2, Ben and his team placed 1st NZ and 3rd overall. Ben had future goals in the World Championships, World Cup Series, National Championships, NZ Ranking Series, U23 World Champs and ultimately the 2016 Olympics where his goal is in make the team and the finals.

Callum Gilbert


Kayak/Canoe Slalom

This year has seen Callum compete in many events with excellent results. At the Australian Youth Festival in January Callum qualified 5th K1, finished 9th K1 and 12th C1. In the NZ selection races in January and February he placed 1st U18 C1 and K1 in race 1, 2nd U18 C1 and K1 in races 2 and 3. In race 4/Oceania Champs, Callum placed 3rd U18 C1 and 2nd U18 K1. After the selection races, Callum placed 2nd U18 K1 at the Australian Open. Callum hopes to make the final and finish in the top eight at the Canoe Slalom Junior World Championships in July this year.

Claudia Hyde



Claudia is a member of the Waikato/BoP Rowing Performance Centre through Rotorua Rowing Club and has this year at the BankLink NZ Rowing Championships in February, won gold in the U20 double sculls and U22 quad sculls, and silver in the U20 single skulls and U22 eight. The following month at the NZ Rowing Squad Selection Trials, Claudia was selected in the Quad to attend the World U23 Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria in July this year. At which she hopes to obtain a top three world rank. Claudia is currently studying towards a Bachelor of AgriCommerce through the University of Waikato.

Dirk Peters


Cross Country Mountain Biking

Dirk is one of New Zealand's leading cross country mountain bike athletes. He has won New Zealand titles; 2012 Elite Champion and 2012 Oceania U23 title. The current UCI places Dirk 10th ranked male cross country athlete in the world. Dirk's achievements this year alone include placing 1st elite men overall at the National Cup in January and February, and 2nd elite men at the National Championships. Dirk has a long list of goals for the future; first on the list is Cross Country Mountain Bike European Race Campaign where he plans to continue to develop his racing at an international level.

Haylee Dangen


Canoe Slalom, Kayaking

Western Bay's Haylee Dangen has had a busy year so far. In the NZ Selections in January and February Haylee placed 3rd ranked woman in NZ. At the Oceania Championships she became the U18 K1W Oceania Champion. The Australian Open in February saw Haylee place 4th in U18 K1W. In March this year, Haylee won overall C1 and K1W BOP and North Island Champs and most recently in NZ Secondary Schools Champs she became the overall U18 Champion winning three of four events. Haylee hopes to make the top 10 paddlers in the eight World Cup races throughout Europe in June and July this year.

Jeff Francis



Jeff was last year in July ranked 6th in the world at the U23 World Rowing Champs. As a member of Rotorua Rowing Clubs Waikato/BoP Rowing Performance Centre Jeff has this year, at the NZ Rowing Nationals, won gold in U22 quad and U22 eight. In March this year Jeff made the NZ U23 Rowing Team who in July and August will compete in the World Rowing Championships where Jeff will trial to make the elite team to go to the World Champs in South Korea. Jeff also wants to improve on his last years U23 placing of 6th, and win gold. Jeff has a long-term goal of competing in the 2016 Olympics.

Joseph Millar



Currently Joseph is New Zealand's fastest man over 100m and 200m and 4th fastest of all time, and the Australasian Champion over 200m, 3rd fastest over 100m. This year Joseph will be competing at the World UNI Championships in July and the World Champs in August. Joseph's future goals include breaking NZ records in the 100m and 200m, win the 100m and 200m sprint double at the Australian Championships in 2013, compete at the World Championships 2013-19, compete in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and compete in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.



Liam Matheson


Indoor/Beach Volleyball

Liam is a member of the Otumoetai College Beach Volleyball team who placed 3rd this year in the Indoor Volleyball NZ Secondary School Championships.


Beach Volleyball achievements this year for Liam include 1st place in the NZ Age Group Championships U19, He achieved 10th, 9th and 10th placing's on the NZ Pro Tour and 3rd place at the NZ Secondary School Champs.

Liam plans to compete in July in the NZ Volleyball World Champs where he hopes to place in the top 5 and the USA high performance champs where he hopes to start for the team.

Megan Burrows


Underwater Hockey

Megan has an extensive list of achievements from 2012. Competing in her school team, Tauranga Girls' College, in which Megan was made MVP, the team placed 1st at Regionals and 2nd at Nationals. Megan is a co-captain of U18 Mid-Northern Girls Underwater Hockey team, and a member of Women's mid Northern, Tauranga Club Nationals and NZ U23 Women's Underwater Hockey Teams.

Her 2013 goal is to be selected in the U23 or U19 NZ Women's Underwater Hockey teams and compete at the World Champs.

Michael Cochrane



This year has been an extremely successful year for Michael. He is now ranked No1 in Australasia in 400m hurdles and ranked number 3 all-time fastest in both 110m and 400m hurdles in New Zealand. From August last year till now, Michael has competed in the World Uni Games, the NZ Classic, the NZ Porrit Classic, the Briggs Classic and the Sydney Track Classic, with 1st placings at all events. Michael is headed to the World Champs in Russia this year. He has set the goal of breaking the NZ senior records for the 110m and 400m hurdles.

Nicole van der Kaay



2012 saw Nicole compete both nationally and internationally for her sport with impressive results. Her international achievements include being selected as a reserve for the Australian Youth Olympics Triathlon and selected in the Triathlon NZ Youth Academy. Nicole achieved the fastest run split in her age group and 3rd female overall at the World Aquathlon age group race in Auckland in October. She also placed 3rd for the fastest run split in her age group and second fastest run split overall at the World Age Group Sprint Distance Triathlon.

Oliver Shaw



The end of last year saw Oliver place 1st in the 20-24 age group at the Xterra World Championships. This year in January Oliver competed in both the Tauranga Half Triathlon and 70.3 Auckland Half Ironman where he placed 1st in the 20-24 age group at both events. Oliver has a number of goals for this year which include competing at Xterra in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and France, ITU Cross Triathlon World Champs, Xterra USA and Ironman World Champs.

Alastair Johnson



Alastair has been involved in sport, one way or another for all of his life. Having been appointed his first professional coaching position in 1987, he has since coached many athletes of all abilities, from those just starting out to world champions. 2012 saw Alastair increase membership and performances for the Isle of Man Swimming Pathway where he was also head coach. He was involved with coaching and coach education for Singapore Swimming Club and tutoring ASA coach courses. Alastair wants to have swimmers winning national events and for the club to be the best sports club in Rotorua.

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union


Rugby Union

BoP Rugby Union plans to hold a Rugby Coaches Conference for the Bay rugby community, representative and high performance coaches. The conference will develop better coaches, fulfil a need of expert coaches, help retain current coaches and assist with player development. Through the coaches this will expose more than 500 local players between the ages of 14-30 years to new skills and learnings. The conference will include coaching content which will target key specific areas of concern for the region.

Charles Leota


Beach Volleyball

Charles will be working with one of the top volleyball coaches in the world to improve his coaching delivery. He wishes to gain more knowledge on coaching strategies for students and youth, and more importantly, he says, to parents. Charles is head coach at Otumoetai College and is involved with coaching Otumoetai Beach Volleyball, TIC (BoP Region - Open) and NZ Women's number one ranked grades. In his role with schools he mentors students and parents to help athletes succeed outside coaching context.

Moehewa Armstrong


Rugby League

Moehewa has been very busy this year. He has been involved with Upper Central Zone Testing and Performance Days, Moehewa put on these days after identifying a need in the community. He is assistant coach at the Invitational Waicoa Bay Stallions vs Warriors U20s and this year also developed a coaching workshop and mentoring programme for Pikiao Rugby League Club. Moehewa's scholarship will allow him to attend the Warriors Monthly Elite Coaches Workshops in Rotorua and Auckland this year.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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