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UWA awards first Aboriginal scholarship

Date posted: 19 June 2017

The University of Western Australia's sport department has awarded its first Aboriginal scholarship to swimmer Brianna Ozies. The program supports elite and emerging student athletes in reaching their full potential. Before applying to the development program, Ms Ozies found it difficult to keep up with the fees of being an elite swimmer.

'I didn’t have my own equipment except for a pair of old bathers, a cap and a pair of goggles. Training in the lead up to events I would have to borrow old, used equipment, and felt embarrassed to attend training, lacking confidence in the water when I did,' she said.

After successfully being accepted into the program, Ozies commenced her training for the Wadjemup Channel swim, where she made history as part of the first Aboriginal duo to compete in the swim.

'Without this program, I could never have afforded to travel to the events in the open water series, and without that training I don’t think I could have completed the swim,' she added.

Source: Community News

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Last updated: 19 June 2017
 
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