ATSICHS Brisbane Jimbelunga IYHS

Young, Black & Proud Scholarship 2017 Round 2 Winners

The Young, Black and Proud Scholarships celebrate the talents and strengths of young people in our community and helps support their school/uni, arts or sporting dreams.

This round we received the most applications we’ve ever had. It’s great to see such deadly talent in our youth!

Meet our winners…

Mieischa Couchy

Mieischa is a keen sportsperson who swims, and plays netball and touch football. Her passion lies in netball where she aspires to be a professional netballer who plays for the Queensland Firebirds and Australia. Mieischa has represented her school and AYS for netball and touch, has also played in the Murri Netball Carnival and the AYS netball competition. Mieischa also plays violin in the string orchestra at her school.

Malakai Cummins

Malakai is a passionate artist who would like a career in art, where he could sell his artwork as well as opening up his own gallery or a charitable organisation. Malakai has loved art since a young age and has won a national Indigenous art competition two years in a row.

Tate Hanson

Tate is a swimmer with dreams of making the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Tate has represented her school at the districts and has swum for Qld in the state relay team. Tate participates in cultural activities in her community and is part of the traditional dance group at school. She also mentors primary school students with homework and traditional activities, and would like to continue this in the future in swimming.

Chloe Letts 

Chloe (see below) is a golfer with aims to become a professional golfer and represent Australia on the PGA circuit, as well as being the first Indigenous women to win a major tournament. Chloe plays at competitions at the Pacific Golf Club, and represents her school in athletics, swimming and touch.

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Chloe with Jody Currie (ATSICHS CEO), Jon Willis (Board Member), Uncle Billy Gorham (Board Chair), Andrew Niven (Board Member)












Jade Maher

Jade (see below) plays club netball for the Rochedale Rovers and has represented at state levels, in carnivals (Underwood Park), interschool sport and in the Indigenous Australians netball competition. Jade is also a student at the local high school and says that as well as playing netball that she would like to finish school and undertake further education.

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Jordon Maher

Jordon (see below) is a netballer with aims of playing representative competition or becoming a coach. Currently Jordon plays club netball (Rochedale Rovers), and has represented at state levels, club carnivals, school sports, Vicki Wilson Cup and in the Indigenous Australians netball competition.

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Ezra Mam

One of rugby league’s rising stars, 15-year old Ezra (see below) is definitely on his way to achieving his dream of playing for the Brisbane Broncos. In July Ezra was part of the winning Qld Maroons team at the Australian Schoolboys 15 Years National Championships in Mackay. He walked away with Overall Player of the Championship and selection in the Australian Schoolboys  15 Years Merit Team who play England in late 2018. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, he has made the Broncos Elite Players Development Squad and has played and captained the Brisbane Stingers, South Qld Met West team and South East Qld Water Dragons.

Samuel McArthur

Samuel (see below) is a national 100- and 200-metre sprinter who has made both regional and Qld teams for school and club. In just over a year of competitive sprinting, he has broken club, regional and state records. Samuel aims to represent Australia at the Olympics and at world events.

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Mahalia Passmore

Mahalia (see above) is a mature aged student currently finishing year 12. She is passionate about gardening and succulents and has recently enrolled in a Certificate II in Horticulture. After completing her course, Mahalia would like to own her own nursery. Mahalia is an active member of her school community organising school camps and excursions, and cooking lunches. Over the past 12 months, Mahalia has ordered 100 plants from the council, and then planned and designed their planting throughout the school.

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Alix Whitney

Alix is a swimmer who competes at a national level. In 2018, she competed in the Open Water Nationals, Age Nationals and Commonwealth Games trials. Alix has aims of making the Australian teams as well as having a podium finish.