Pictured above: Anthony East

There is no doubt that New Zealand has a knack for growing great athletes. We excel on the world stage in many sports and our world champions inspire and motivate all ages to get involved and strive to succeed.

Whether a naturally talented high achiever or relentlessly hard slogger, Kiwi athletes tend to stand out from the crowd for their down-to-earth attitude and quiet determination.

Hamilton and Cambridge have become a prominent springboard for young talent and thanks to the support of organisations like The Adastra Foundation, our young up-and-coming athletes are provided with support and professional guidance to help them reach their full potential.

The Adastra Foundation initiated its Mentoring Programme in 2008.

The programme aims to support and encourage scholarship recipients to manage their own learning, so they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.

The Adastra Foundation

Now entering its twelfth year of helping young people with their athletic and musical careers, The Adastra Foundation is backed by some serious muscle; Grassroots Trust, The Lion Foundation, Brian Perry Charitable Trust; and Tauranga Energy ConsumerTrust.

The Adastra vision is success for extraordinary young New Zealanders on the national and international stage.

Previous recipients include Eric Murray, Hamish Bond, Mahe Drysale, Blair Tuke, Lydia Ko, Peter Burling, Lisa Carrington and Laura Langman.

Hannah Jensen

Hannah Jensen

2018 Scholarships

The impressive array of 2018 Adastra scholarship winners include representatives from rock climbing and netball, to surfing, weightlifting and violin.

The beauty of the Foundation is that it gives athletes outside of mainstream sports an equal opportunity to be involved. And the results are paying off.

Already this year 2018 scholarship winners are making history. Rebecca Petch was awarded the Female Top Achiever at the BMX New Zealand awards evening. Hannah Jensen and Jana Kivell played in the 2018 FIRS Inline Hockey World Championships. Jana is a member of the New Zealand U18 Junior Women’s team and Hannah coaches this team. Both skaters also play in the New Zealand Inline Ferns.

Opportunity knocks

Adastra Trustees awarded the biggest number of scholarships ever this year; to 112 Waikato and Bay of Plenty recipients.

To date, the Adastra Foundation has awarded 457 scholarships totaling $2,117,000. Trustees are Kevin Burgess, Amigene Metcalfe, Jen Palmer, Mark Hollands, Graeme Maw and Andy Roche.

Applications for the 2019 intake are open now. Scholarship hopefuls need to be aged between 16 and 23. For more information visit adastra.org.nz

2018 Adastra scholarship recipients:

Dan Caldwell

Dan Caldwell

Aimee Ferguson (athletics)

Alastair Blackett (cricket)

Alex van der Zalm (sailing)

Alia Jaques (hockey)

Ally Wollaston (cycling)

Amy Dunn (athletics)

Amy Robinson (hockey)

Anika Jackson (squash)

Anna Hamilton (music/performing arts)

Anthony East (wakeboarding)

Ashleigh Sando (athletics)

Autumn Stephens (rugby)

Ben Grindrod (squash)

Ben van Dalen (rowing)

Benjamin Broad (motocross)

Blake Murray (trap shooting)

Athletes - Hannah Knighton

Hannah Knighton

Blake Nahu(AFL)

Brad Coxon (hockey)

Briana Perry (cricket)

Briar Burnett-Gran (equestrian)

Cailen Calkin (cycling)

Campbell Maclean (hockey)

Charlisse Leger-Walker (basketball)

Christopher Steeghs (badminton)

Claudia Ashby (swimming)

Claudia Paterson (canoe)

Cole McOnie (cycling)

Courtney Elliott (netball) (martial art)

Daniel Scanlon (hockey)

Dilan Nanayakkara (cricket)

Drew Carson (equestrian)

Eileish Hayes (football)

Elin Tawharu (surfing)

Ellesse Andrews (cycling)

Ema Miyaura (tennis)

Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson

Emily Ussher (netball)

Ethan Larsen (hockey)

Felix Calder Hawkins (badminton)

Felix Holton (music/performing arts)

Garrick du Toit (hockey)

Georgia Dobbe (white water rafting)

Glenn Templeton (squash)

Grace Holland (rowing)

Grace Watson (rowing)

Greer Caddigan (equestrian)

Hamish Miller (surf lifesaving)

Hannah Jensen (inline hockey)

Hannah Knighton (triathlon)

Hay (cycling)

Jana Kivell (inline hockey)

Athletes - Jordan George Woodall

Jordan George Woodall

Jarred Treymane (cycling)

Jazmin Hotham (rugby)

Jessica Turfrey (rowing)

Jessie Hodge (hockey)

Kate Littlejohn (rowing)

Katie Trigg (music/performing arts)

Keean Cooper (equestrian)

Kelsey Eames (whitewater rafting)

Kendra Peart-Anderson (hockey)

Kewarei Hawkins-McClutchie (hockey)

Kiaan Watts (cycling)

Ki-tana Tuhakaraina (netball)

Leanna Ryan (rugby)

Athletes - Kendra Peart-Anderson

Kendra Peart-Anderson

Liam Moffatt (waterpolo)

Libby Bradley (surf lifesaving)

Lisa Mather (net (squash)

Maddison Black (martial art)

Matt Berry (cycling)

Max Dobbe (white water rafting)

Max Duckworth (water ski racing) Mckenzie Milne (cycling)

Morgan Haakma (wakeboarding)

Nia Dixon (cycling)

Athletes - Liam Moffatt

Liam Moffatt

Nicola Hammond (equestrian)

Nina Paripovic (tennis)

Oliver Soar (rock climbing)

Olivia King (cycling)

Paige Flynn (swimming)

Patrick Washer (canoe)

Rachael Archer (motocross)

Raiha Ensor (surfing)

Rebecca Petch (cycling)

Ryan Forlong (volleyball)

Sam Cook (cycling)

Samantha Voss (rowing)

Athletes - Katie Trigg

Katie Trigg

Samuel Tanner (athletics)

Sharnaye Hall (volleyball)

Shaun Campbell (golf)

Sydney Johnson (rowing)

Tatiana Kaumoana (athletics)

Thomas Rawstron (athletics)

Thomas Raymond (swimming)

Tim Neild (hockey)

Timothy Monigatti (powerlifting)

Veerle ten have (sailing)

Victoria Chanwai (music/performing arts)

Zack Mutton (canoe).