Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Wellington High Performance Aquatics Lloyd Morrison Aquatic Athlete Scholarships.
The scholarships, open to athletes and coaches in aquatic disciplines, are presented in memory of WHiPA founder, Wellington businessman Lloyd Morrison (1957 - 2012). Lloyd Morrison wanted Wellington's aspiring athletes to have the opportunity to excel at an elite level, and founded WHiPA in 2007 to support this vision.
Liam Albery (19) - (Swimming) Liam's focus is open water competitions. In 2014 he competed in the New Zealand team at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships finishing 4th. Last month Liam made a number of finals at the Swimming NZ Open Championship. His targets for 2015 are to compete at the FINA 10km Open Water World Cup events in China and Hong Kong.
Chelsey Edwards (13) - (Swimming) Chelsey is the youngest of our scholarship recipients. In 2014 she won several medals and titles at various events including the NZCT Aims Games, NZ Short and Long Course Championships. Recently Chelsey took several titles in the NZ Age Group Championships. Her targets in 2015 are the NZ short Course Championships and the Queensland State Championships.
Mary Fisher (22) - (Para Swimming) Mary was the 2014 Halberg Disabled Sports person of the Year & Wellington Sportswoman of the Year. She is a multiple world record holder and Para-Olympic gold medallist. At the recent Pan Pacific Championships she won six gold medals. Mary has qualified for the 2015 IPC World Championships in Glasgow in July. Alongside her strenuous training schedule Mary is also completing a degree at Massey University.
Ruby Heath (15) - (Swimming) At the 2014 National Age Groups Ruby placed in 3 events. At the Queensland State Championship she placed 8th. At the recent 2015 Swimming NZ Open Championships she made the A final at the in 200m butterfly. Ruby has been selected in the WCC/Sport Wellington Talent ID programme and the WHiPA All Stars Zonal team. Her goals in 2015 are to win a medal at the Queensland States and NZ National Age Championships and meet the Youth Commonwealth Games criteria.
Samantha Lee (22) - (Surf Live Saving) Samantha has represented NZ in both swimming and surf live saving. In 2014 she completed at the Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Championships and World Surf Championships were she finished 1st in several events and is world ranked 1st in 2 events. 2015 Samantha has been selected by Swimming NZ to compete at the World University Games and hopes to be named in the NZ Surf Lifesaving team to compete at the German Cup in November 2015.
Rebecca Moynihan (17) - (Swimming) Rebecca completed in the All Stars Zonal team gaining 2nd and 3rd placings. A titleholder in NZ Short Course Championships and at 2015 Open Championships, Rebecca made 2 A grade finals. Her goals for 2015 to attend the NZ short Course Championships and Queensland State Championships. She is a member of the WCC/Sport Wellington Talent ID programme. Rebecca is a very committed young women travelling from Shannon to Raumati twice a day to train. Rebecca was recently awarded the 2015 Kapiti Sports Emerging Sports Women of the Year.
Emma Robinson (20) - (Swimming) Emma has been an Aquablack for the past two years and competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships and has also achieved considerable success as an open water swimmer competing at the 2013 Open water Championship In Spain. Emma recently qualified for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan Russia in both the 400m & 800m freestyle. Her long-term aim is to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.