Coastability scholarship

applications now open

Applications are now open for the CoastAbility 2022-23 Scholarship for both academic and athletic pursuits for registered clients with the organisation. $5,000 are on offer for successful applicants and the organisation is encouraging young people with physical disabilities to apply.

3 May 2022


LOCAL resident Dylan Littlehales, an accomplished para-canoeist and member of the Avoca Kayak Club, spoke highly of the scholarship after successfully receiving the funding for his trip to the Tokyo Paralympics last year.


“It really helped because $5,000 is a lot of money, especially when you are not working and focusing all your energy on making it in the sport. It was good to be financially stable and be able to enjoy and focus on the games in Tokyo,” he said.


Competing in the national team for kayaking, his team placed two gold medals and a silver medal, with Mr. Littlehales placing fourth by just 0.1 seconds.


“It was very close, but I am luckily going again with the national team to Canada later this year to compete, and trying for the Paris Paralympics in 2024. With these amazing opportunities, I would tell anyone to get in there and apply as you never know, and it really will help you progress your athletic career,” he said.


Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, encourages all eligible young people to also apply.


“CoastAbility is an incredible non-profit organisation that has long supported disabled young people in being able to achieve their dreams whether it be to attend university or to compete on the international stage in big sporting events such as the Paralympics," she said.


“I have had the privilege of meeting so many young, talented and disabled people on the Coast who are achieving incredible things just like Mr Littlehales. To those interested in the opportunity, do not hesitate and apply today.”


To be eligible for the sports scholarships, you must be between 10-23 years old, have a primary physical or multiple disabilities, have outstanding sporting achievements or competed at a state or national level.


To be eligible for the academic scholarships, you must be between 16-23 years old, have primary physical or multiple disabilities, sound academic record and acceptance or enrolment in accredited post-school course of study, or in a course as part of high school studies.


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