Adelaide University Sport are excited to announce we have awarded 12 University of Adelaide students with sport scholarships in 2021.
The Bill Scammel Sport Scholarship
Angus Haines (Adelaide University Athletics Club)
Angus represented Australia in Orienteering in 2018 and 2019, with his best result being a 5th overall in 2018, and has also been a part of the South Australian state team, the Southern Arrows, since 2017. He began orienteering in 2012 during his high school years and progressing into the state schools team which travelled interstate and quickly grew his love of the sport. He has been heavily involved with Adelaide University Athletics Club, jumping between the roles of President and Vice-President since 2018.
Alacoque Tunny (Adelaide University Boat Club)
Alacoque is predominately a club rower with Adelaide University Boat Club, but has also been involved with the state team as a training squad member. The highlights of her rowing career so far have been Head of the Yarra for which she was a part of the 1st Eight, and competing at in 2018 and 2019. Alacoque played many sports as a junior but was picked to be a part of the Row for Gold program at SASI after completing physical testing at her school. She has been a part of Adelaide University Boat Club for many years and is currently on the committee as Captain, which is an important managerial position within the club.
The Bill Scammell Scholarship is award to a University of Adelaide student, who may not necessarily excel in their chosen sport, but who contribute to the development of University sport in a significant way. Bill is a former Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and supporter of Adelaide University Sport.
The Bob Heddle Sport Scholarship
Sophie Edwards (Adelaide University Cycling Club)
Sophie has been a part of the Australian national team at junior level in 2018 at the Junior World Champs and at senior level since 2019 at senior level World Cups. She was identified as a potential competitive cyclist through the SASI talent ID program, and eventually moved into the sport in 2015, and received a SASI scholarship in 2016. Sophie narrowly missed out on selection for the Tokyo Olympics, but is working hard got a sport at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2024 Olympics. She has also been an active members of the Adelaide University Cycling Club having been on the committee for the past three years.
The Bob Heddle Scholarship is awarded to University of Adelaide students, who not only excel in their chosen sport but also give valuable service to their Adelaide University Sport club. Bob was Director of the University Health Service from 1964-1982. During that time, Bob was a member of the University Council and the University Council representative on the Adelaide University Sport Board of Management.
The Charles Jessop Sport Scholarship
Sophie Radford (Adelaide University Boat Club)
Sophie was selected as a part of the South Australian Open Women’s team Queen’s Cup Squad this year. She competed in the Australian Rowing Championships in March on Lake Barrington in Tasmania in the Club Eight, Club Four, University Quadruple Scull sprint, Under 23 Women’s Eight and was a reserve for the Queen’s Cup race. While competing for Adelaide University Boat Club, Sophie has given back to her club by being elected onto their committee as Secretary.
The Charles Jessop Scholarship is awarded to a Law student, who not only excels in their chosen sport, but also gives valuable service to their Adelaide University Sport club. Charles is an Adelaide University Sport life member who made significant contributions to the University of Adelaide, Adelaide University Sport & the Law faculty.
The Don Stranks Sport Scholarship
Madelyn Zacher (Adelaide University Football Club)
Madelyn debuted for West Adelaide this year in the SANFLW competition and has aspirations of one day performing at a level high enough to be drafted into the AFLW. She regularly volunteers at Adelaide University Football Club regardless of her playing status, helping out on game day and at training, with future aspirations of coaching to help develop new players.
Bailey Wightman (Adelaide University Cricket Club)
Bailey has been a part of the SACA Emerging Redbacks Squad since the summer of 2018/19 and represented South Australia in the state under 19s National Championships squad in 2017/2018. He has played cricket in England for Cheshire MCCC in the Minor Counties competition and for Bradford and Bingley in the Bradford Premier League. He also plays for Adelaide University Cricket Club, and was a part of the club’s first grade T20 premiership team in 2020, finishing with bowling figures of 3 wickets for 6 runs in 4 overs in the Grand Final.
The Don Stranks Scholarship is awarded to University of Adelaide students who excel in their chosen sport of Football or Cricket, but also give valuable service to either the Adelaide University Football or Cricket club. The late Professor Don Stranks was a former Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President of the University and keen supporter of the Football and Cricket clubs.
The Presidents Sport Scholarship
Nick Blackman (Adelaide University Boat Club)
Nick has been a part of the state under 21 Youth Men’s Eight since 2019, and was a part of the Open Men’s Lightweight 4 in 2018. He wanted to be a rower from when he was 5 years old and got into the sport as soon as he could at school. When representing his school at nationals, he placed 3rd in the under 19s Single Scull, the under 19s Men’s Eight and the School Boy Scull, ranking him as the third fastest schoolboy rower in the country at the time.
Dante Afnan (Adelaide University Athletics Club)
Dante was a part of the Australian Junior World Orienteering team in 2019 where he competed in multiple races in the Junior World Orienteering Championships, with his highlight being placing 21st out of 60 participants in qualifying rounds, which was one place off making Final. He was introduced to the sports of running and orienteering during primary school and started wanting to compete at the age of 11, going on to represent his state and school teams throughout his schooling years. He has recently become a members of the Adelaide University Athletics Club and is looking forward to competing at Uni Nationals throughout his time at the University of Adelaide with a hope to one day qualify for the World University Games.
Jessie Keech (Adelaide University Elite Athlete Club)
Jessie has been a part of the state softball team since 2014 and plays for the Sturt Falcons in local competition. She has also been selected in Australian teams in 2019 and 2020, picked in the under 17 Aussie Diamonds team in 2019 that travelled the US, and then picked in the under 18 Women Australian team to compete at the Junior World Cup in Peru (which has been postponed). She started softball at young age after encouragement from her mother who also played, and had success at school level being selected in the South Australian School Girls team that competed in the National Schools Cup in 2018, for which she was MVP for South Australia and named in the All-Tournament Team. Jessie is a part of the new Adelaide University Elite Athlete Club.
The People’s Choice Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Athlete Scholarship
Latisha Marie Francis (Adelaide University Rugby Union Football Club)
Latisha plays in the local SA Rugby Women’s Grade competition and was part of the Adelaide University Rugby Union Football Club’s premiership team in 2019, lifting the trophy in the same team as her sister Pam. Latisha believes sport is a great outlet and loves that fact that she can be proud of her size and strength within the sport. She one day hopes to represent South Australia at state level.
The People’s Choice Athlete with a Disability Scholarship
Sitivi Napier Sooaemalelagi (Adelaide University Elite Athlete Club)
SitIvi has been a part of the Samoan National Team for swimming since 2014, and has competed in two Youth Commonwealth Games, two Oceania Games, a Pacific Games, and FINA World Junior Conference, had a Swimming Scholarship allowing him to go to America and been a part of a 3 month Swimming Camp in China. Throughout this long list of competitions he has managed to secure multiple national records in both Age and Open divisions. He hopes to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympic Games later this year. SitIvi is part of the new Adelaide University Elite Athlete Club.
The People’s Choice Women in Sport Scholarship
Jade Benn (Adelaide University Elite Athlete Club)
Jade is a part of the South Australian surf rowing team and won an Australian bronze medal in a South Australian club representative team (South Port Stormies) in 2020 and 2021. She also won two silver medals in the Australian Surf Rowers League open. Jade moved to Australia when she was nine years old for a better lifestyle and neither of her parents were water proficient, so Jade and her brother both were enrolled in Surf Life Saving Nippers at South Port Surf Club. Since starting in under 9s, she’s remained at the club that has had such a heavy influence on her life. Jade is a part of the new Adelaide University Elite Athlete Club.
People’s Choice have partnered with Adelaide University Sport to offer three University of Adelaide students inclusive scholarships under the criteria of either Women in Sport, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Athlete or Athlete with a Disability.
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