Sixteen-year-old cyclist, Graeme Frislie, a student at Bacchus Marsh Grammar, has been awarded a Tier 1 Sports Program Scholarship, whilst fifteen-year-old Skateboarder Brad Saunders, a student at Beaufort Secondary College, has been awarded a Future Talent Program Scholarship.
This is the first time FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport athletes have received a VIS Scholarship, since inception.
Corey Saitta, Executive Officer, FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport, said, “We are delighted for Graeme, Brad and both families. Graeme and Brad possess outstanding character and are a credit to themselves, their family, school and sport in the way that they conduct themselves”.
In addition, Saitta added, “We are not surprised by these results. Rather, they reinforce the value of the work undertaken by many since the Academy was formed, the quality of the people that have been or continue to be involved, the overarching philosophy of the Academy, the strength of our systems and the type of athlete services we offer. We have always been of the view that this moment would arrive and we look forward in anticipation to the next evolution of the WestVic Academy of Sport”.
The VIS awards scholarships to talented Victorian athletes on an annual basis. VIS scholarships provide athletes with access to advanced coaching, sport science and sports medicine services, career and education advice, and training and competition support.
Earlier this year, Frislie won three gold medals at the National Junior Track Championships in the 500m Time Trial, Sprint and Team Pursuit events. He was also selected for the Victorian State U19 National Track Championship, where he won a silver medal in the 1km Time Trial.
Meanwhile, Saunders recently returned from the United States after competing in the Tampa Am Open Championship where he finished 61st amongst over 100 athletes from 16 countries. His ‘Street’ world ranking currently is 164th, his current overall world ranking is 271st, however, his recent strong performances now sees him ranked 95th in the world in the ‘Current Year’ standings.