Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Five Winter Olympic Games representatives are among 30 young women receiving a Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation grant this week.

The foundation has awarded nearly $70,000 to girls and women from various sporting, environmental, educational and cultural pursuits. The girls were selected from several hundred applications received from around the country.

Grants are awarded to applicants who best demonstrate their aspirations to succeed in their chosen pursuit and how financial and moral support would further their education or personal development and the community.

The grant recipients for 2014 range from a Theatre Director, Triathlete, Liberty Horse and Trick Rider, to an Aboriginal Dance Troupe along with recently appointed girls who will compete at the Olympic Games in Sochi next month.

The grants are categorised as: Individual (16 years and over) Kick-Start (12 – 15 years), Group (2 or more), Business, Environmental, Disability, Academic as well as Olympic Encouragement.

2014 Grant Recipients

Individual Grant Recipients

Anna Laman – Triathlon (NSW)

Jenna Dearness-Dark – Music Performance (QLD)

Brittany Louise Booth – Pillowcase Project for Kids with Cancer (NSW)

Sarah Cook – Sailing (ACT)

Belle Brockhoff – Snowboard Cross (VIC)

Benita De-Wit – Theatre Direction (NSW)

Bronwyn Jones – Medicine (WA)

Stephanie Burstall – Cycling(QLD)

Michaela Barber – Liberty Horse and Trick Riding (NSW)

Group Grant

Wagana Aboriginal Youth Dance Group (NSW)


Ashley Fletcher – Protection of fragile ecosystems in Antarctica (SA)

Parrys Raines – Environmental Law (NSW)

Academic Grants

Krishna Bayley –Medicine (SA)

Codie Collins –Psychology - to provide appropriate services to Aboriginal people grounded in holistic Aboriginal perspective (NT)

Kickstart Grants

Dimi Coventy – Triathlon (QLD)

Cassandra Hoare – Trampoline (SA)

Ella Dungey – Diving (SA)

Ellie Norton – Ballet (QLD)

Amber Ross – Athletics (VIC)

Senior Athlete with a Disability Grant

Stacey Copas – Discus (VIC)

Junior Athlete with a Disability Grant

Emily Rycken – Sprint Kayak (VIC)

Business Grants

Amy Hetherington – Media Workshops for Young People (NSW)

Taliah – Kate Byron – ‘A Girls Essence’ – A goal mastery program for young girls and women (NSW)

Olympic Encouragement Grants

Nicole Parkes – Mogul Skiing (NSW)

Katya Crema – Ski Cross (NSW)

Amber Arazny – Snowboard Halfpipe (NSW)

Michaela Davis-Meehan – Snowboard Slopestyle (NSW)

Alexandra Fitch – Snowboard (SA)

Annabel Blake Slopestyle Skiing (QLD)

 Layne Beachley, the seven time world champion surfer, is very proud of the opportunity to support women in their incredible personal endeavours.

 “I am able to inspire and motivate women across Australia to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve. We support women with initiative and dedication, that are committed to achieving a dream and courageous enough to ask for assistance along the way. We believe in enabling young women to fulfil their potential and we encourage and support them on their journey. My support will give females the opportunity to maintain a determined focus on their goal.”

For general information or media opportunities please contact:

Megan McGrath (General Manager) at the Aim for the Stars Office:

Ph: 0422 600733

Email: [email protected]

About Aim for the Stars Foundation

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation was launched in March 2003.The goal of the Foundation is to provide financial and moral support to girls and women across Australia to help them realise their dreams in sporting, academic, community or cultural pursuits.

Over the last eight years, the Foundation has given over $570,000 to girls and women Australia wide. From over 3,600 applications submitted, over 300 females both individuals and groups have received financial grants.

An opportunity for support exists for all females striving to achieve their goals. Applications close in November annually. Interested persons can get additional information by referring to the website.


Contact Profile

Megan McGrath, Foundations General Manager

P: 0422600733
W: www.aimforthestars.com.au


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