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Young, Black & Deadly Scholarship winners announced

Congratulations to the five students who have been announced as the successful recipients of the inaugural Young, Black and Deadly Scholarships. Here’s a bit more about them.

Arabella Walker  (pictured above)
Arabella is a dancer and the thing she is most passionate about in life is dance. She has been dancing for 12 years with aims to represent her culture, family and community in the performing arts sector.  Her biggest dream is to one day dance for Bangarra. She has already completed the Bangarra Rekindling Youth Dance Program and was the highest scoring participant. She do currently doing a Certificate 3 in Dance at the Raw Dance Company.

              “My dream since I was eleven was to dance with Bangarra and live a life where I get paid for doing the thing I love, every day. I aspire to show the world my story and culture through dance. I hope to make an impact on others lives by showing people what connecting to family and story of my family before me.

Jaleel Georgetown (pictured below)
An avid basketballer Jaleel plays for the U23 GBL for the North Brisbane Dragons. He wants to play basketball professionally and trains with the Brisbane Bullets. He flew to the US in January this year to study – and play basketball – in Philadelphia.

Zhara Wimbus (pictured above)
Zhara is a talented swimmer who is representing Logan Vikings in open water Nationals in Adelaide in January 2017. Wants to represent Australia in the 2018 Commonwealth games at the Gold Coast or the 2022 Games in Durgan. Wants to be either a physiotherapist or teacher.

William Letts
William is keen golfer with aims to be professional golfer and represent Australia and be the first Indigenous person to win a major tournament. He competed in the Junior Masters Tournament at the Gold Coast late last year.  Also committed to his education, which he says is the key to his future, he has applied for a carpentry apprenticeship. Read more about William and his sister Chloe who is also a keen golfer in the story below.

Esme Bligh
At only 12 Esme is already keen netballer with dreams to be a professional sports person and a vet. She plays netball for the Sapphires Netball Club and has competed in the Australian Indigenous Schoolgirls Netball and represented the QLD Murris. Earlier this month she participated in the Australian Indigenous Schoolgirl trials held in Sydney. The Australian Indigenous teams (U12′ to U18’s) are selected from these trials. Each state provides teams in the U12, U14, U16 and U18 to compete. As part of the U12 team she is in the running to be selected to be invited to the School Sports Australia State Championships where the girls will compete against the best U12’s from each State.

Over the next year we will keep you updated with all their achievements.

The next round of the Young, Black & Deadly Scholarships is now open. Apply  now

More please, say William and Chloe

Growing Indigenous participation in golf is something siblings William and Chloe Letts encourage – albeit for different reasons.

“Golf is a great sport because it’s fun and you learn that it’s not just about winning all the time,’ said 15-year-old William.

Chloe, 14, says she established very quickly that golf helped control her emotions.

“Golf calms me down especially if I am having a bad day;’ she said.

Little wonder the pair wear permanent smiles when ever they turn up for practice or play. Of course, at home golf is often the topic of conversation.

Since joining Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane, William and Chloe have excelled under the tutelage of club professional Mark Victorsen and recently competed in the 54-hole Queensland Indigenous Championship at Murgon Golf Club, 270 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Surprisingly, Chloe was the only female to compete at the championship.

Still, it didn’t bother her as she improved her score each day and won the junior nett and a $50 voucher, which contributed towards a new pair of golf  shoes.

Chloe has only been playing golf for nine months and in the past five months has reduced her handicap by 17 strokes to 28.

“I was doing dancing and got sick of that and I wasn’t sure what sport to do;’ she said, “William was playing golf so I thought I’d give it a try and I love it:’

William, who plays off 6.8, took out the A grade nett on the final day of the championship and finished eighth behind winner Rickie Dodd.

William and Chloe live with their grandmother Marilyn in the suburb of McKenzie, which is seven kilometres from the golf club.

“I first got interested in golf when my dad Robert gave me a golf club when I was quite young,’ William said. “When he saw potential in me he put me into golf at Logan City Golf Club, ‘ Marilyn said her grandchildren moved in with her because they wanted to join Pacific Golf Club.

“They have been with me for three years and I take them to the golf club three or four times a week to practice and play in the club’s competitions.

“Their dad runs a business so it’s hard for him to get to golf, but they see him on weekends:’

Both William and Chloe aspire to be professional golfers, but know it’s going to take hard work and dedication.

A strong ball-striker, William says he needs to work on his hot and cold putting.

“Sometimes my putting gives me grief, but other days it’s great;’ he laughed.

“But my coach, Mark, is a good teacher and he’s helping me improve all the time.

“Since working with Mark I have learnt that I can easily fix any mis-hit or bad shots:’

Chloe is working to improve her pitching and putting to complement her long game.

“Pacific is a great golf club and you never get tired of playing the golf course;’ she said.” Every time you play the course there seems to be another challenge:’

Described as having tidy golf games, do the teenagers keep their bedrooms neat and tidy?

“Yes they do, ‘Marilyn said. “Their dad is the disciplinarian so if they don’t do it I call him and he sorts it out, ‘she laughed.

“I’m so glad they are involved in golf and with Pacific because it’s a wonderful club and the people are so nice,’

President of the juniors Peter Johnstone welcomed William and Chloe to the Pacific Junior Golfing Academy.

“They are great kids, enthusiastic and both are naturally talented golfers;’ he said.

“Importantly, I thin k they have a great opportunity to be ambassadors for Indigenous golf.

“Not many young indigenous people are drawn to golf and I think William and Chloe can be part of changing that. They have already achieved a lot of success and I am sure there is more to come for both of them’,

William and Chloe Letts can’t stop smiling since discovering golf.

Story by  David Newbery of Inside Golf.