New Zealand's top youth sailors have the opportunity to seek funding from two scholarships to help their sailing ambitions this year.
The Yachting New Zealand Youth Scholarship was created to assist this country's top youth sailors who are targeting medals at world championships events. Applications have opened and up to $2500 will be awarded to two individuals or teams to help subsidise the cost of attending a big event.
Last year 420 combination Cara Higinbottom and Alice Floyd (pictured) and 29er sailors Seb Lardies and Scott McKenzie, who won silver at the 2018 youth sailing world championships, were supported.
Applications for the St John's Rotary Scholarship are also open and is available to developing youth sailors who are targeting a world championships event in 2019.
The $1000 scholarship subsidises the cost of attending the international event and is aimed towards young sailors who have the potential of making the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team in the following years, allowing them to gain experience at an international level.
Since 1996, many New Zealand sailors have benefited from the exposure of intensive international competition provided by the St John's Rotary Scholarship. Past recipients include Olympians Jo Aleh, Jason Saunders and Josh Junior and in 2018 Albert Stanley (Laser Radial) and Lloyd Perratt (RS:X) were the recipients.
"It's a good opportunity for our sailors who are competing overseas during the winter to receive some additional support to help them with their campaigns," Yachting New Zealand youth co-ordinator Stu Thomas said. "Thanks to our sponsors, including St John's Rotary, for their ongoing support."
Applications for both the Yachting New Zealand Youth Scholarship and St John's Rotary Scholarship are due by March 25.