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November 2017


Young rowers pocket $100 for racing champions



Siena McLean, left, Levi Carroll, Jamie Harris and Blake Hogan after winning their Under 20 and Under 17 categories at the Billy Webb Challenge.


Four promising young rowers who tested their mettle against current world and Olympic champions on the Whanganui River on Sunday have received $100 cash prizes from the Whanganui Mitre 10 MEGA Future Champions Trust.


Read the full article here.

October 2017 Future Champions Trist Grant Recipients

Left to right: Philippa Baker-Hogan, Sera Raj (accepting funding on behalf of her sister Tara Raj), Liam Back,

Jordan Cohen, Genna Maples (Absent is Fergus Smith).

October 2017


Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Future Champions Trust Latest Grant Recipients


The Trust has now been operating for 4 years and has granted $37,000 towards funding 34 individual athletes to assist them in reaching and achieving at internationally acclaimed events like Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Cups or other major events in their chosen sport.


Our funding rounds are held twice yearly at the end of March and September with the latest round seeing grants awarded to:-


Liam Back – Cross Country, selected to compete at the NZ Secondary Schools World Cross Country Champs being held in Paris, France in April 2018.


Jordan Cohen - Hockey, identified to attend the U18 NZ Hockey Squad selection training in New Plymouth, NZ.


Genna Maples – Athletics, selected as part of the NZ Secondary Schools track and Field team to compete in the Australian Athletics Nationals being held in Australia in December 2017.


Tara Raj – Golf, Competing in women’s Open and U19 NZ Tournaments in NZ & Australia.


Fergus Smith – Golf, selected to attend the University in Iowa, USA to assist with and enhance his Golfing career.


We consider this to be an exciting and important initiative for Whanganui and sincerely thank our sponsors and supporters who make this possible.


Finally, on behalf of the Future Champions Trust we wish you all the best for your sporting endeavours this year and in the future.


May 2017 Future Champions Trist Grant Recipients

May 2017


Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Future Champions Trust Latest Grant Recipients


Trust Chair and former Olympian Philippa Baker-Hogan is delighted to announce that the Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Future Champions Trust has just approved another $4,000 in grants for four of Wanganui's most promising young athletes.  The trust has now granted over $32,000 since its inception in 2014.


The Latest successful grant recipients are:


Max Brown – Kayak, selected to compete at the U18 Canoe Sprint World Championships being held in Romania in July 2017 where he will compete in the K4, 500m and possibly the K2, 1000m.


Jimi Bay Blinkhorne – Roller Hockey, Attending to Spain for an intensive month long training camp in May/June 2017, where he will train with professional roller hockey players.


Jessica Watkin - Cricket, selected to represent New Zealand in the U22 women’s indoor cricket team to compete at the world cup in Dubai, September 2017.


Chase Morpeth – Speed Skating, selected to compete at the Oceania Speed Skating championships in Brisbane, April 17.  Chase achieved two silver medals in the 200m time trial and the 3000m in a 2 man relay team. He also brought home two bronze medals in the 5000m points race and 21km half marathon.


Baker-Hogan says: "It’s exciting to once again be able to support some new athletes in sports that the Trust has generally not supported previously and this highlights the wide and varied sporting talent we are breeding in Whanganui. Trustees are so grateful to Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui, Leedstown Trust and all our wonderful supporters, who make our regular twice-yearly grants possible.”


Sport Whanganui CEO and Trustee, Danny Jonas says Sport Whanganui see the Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Future Champions Trust as a great opportunity to profile some of our outstanding young sports achievers as role models for younger children in Whanganui. The Trust also fits perfectly in supporting Sport Whanganui's Promising Athlete Programme, which helps support identified sporting achievers with other support to assist their sporting performance.


Hayden Gibson, owner of Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui, the Trust's naming sponsor, says: "As a local Wanganui business we are committed to giving back to our community and, along with Wanganui’s Mitre 10 MEGA Tough Kid® event, we see the Future Champions Trust as a great vehicle to support up-and-coming champions, role models and future leaders in our community."


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