News 2012

Abbey Sutherland winner of one of last year’s Manse Medical Sports Scholarship shows members of the Hamilton Runners Club a clean pair of heals.

Abbey Sutherland gets a head start from members of Vitality Runners Club, Jane Champness, Pam Trigg, Jackie Greed, Melissa Ferrier, Jody Golding, Leah Moore

Local athlete Abbey Sutherland received a head start for her Basketball trip to Ballarat when she was one of the winners of the 2012 Manse Medical sports scholarship. Abbey is heading off as part of the Gold Miners Country Victorian Basketball team playing in the Southern Cross Basketball Challenge.

Abbey, along with another talented local Lachie Fields, was one of last year’s recipients of the Manse Medical sports scholarship awarded at the 2012 Vitality Hamilton Fun Run.

“I would really encourage all school age students to apply. You never know what might happen. I was really lucky to get the scholarship last year and it really did make a difference towards helping me get to inter-state competitions and extra coaching,” Abbey said.

The Hamilton Fun Run organised by Vitality Health and Fitness, in conjunction with Western District Health Service, is now an annual community event that encourages participants of all ages and abilities to take part in a variety of events ranging from a 4km run or walk up to the prestigious 21km half marathon.

This year’s fun run will take place on Sunday November 10th starting and finishing at the newly renovated and highly popular Lakes Edge Adventure Playground.

Jackie Greed, from Vitality Health and Fitness said:

“There is prize money to be won for the winners but it’s really a great day out for the whole family, a wonderful way to enjoy Lake Hamilton and take a bit of exercise whilst having a lot of fun. This year we will be having face painters, free icy poles, music and lots of fun and games for the kids to enjoy around the playground.”

Manse Medical are again sponsoring two inspired school age athletes from the Western District area and the winners will be announced at the presentations on the day of the fun run. Students are being encouraged to get their entry forms in by 31st October to be eligible to win.

The $250 scholarships are designed to assist athletes from remote or rural areas, to assist towards the costly expenses associated with competition at local, state, national or even international events, such as accommodation, fuel, uniform, equipment and training.

Applications for the scholarships can be found here and they have also been forwarded to all the local schools.