NQ Sports Encouragement Bursary recipients announced

Date published: 12 September 2017

Two of the north’s most promising junior athletes have been named the Townsville recipients of the prestigious PAYCE NQ Sports Encouragement Bursary for 2017.

Townsville City Council and the NQ Sports Foundation offer the NQ Sports Development Bursary in partnership with PAYCE to two junior athletes (under 18 years of age).

This year’s winners are Brendan Haylett and Ellie Hampson.

Brendan, 16, has represented North Queensland in cricket since the age of 10. This bursary will help provide Brendan with much needed funds to assist him in developing his cricket career. He has been identified by Queensland Cricket as having potential and would like to ensure that he can continue on this path.

Ellie, 16, is an accomplished AFL player and will use the bursary to help cover costs associated with travelling to the Gold Coast Suns Academy and Queensland representation duties.

Ellie’s achievements include QLD U15 Schoolgirls representative, QLD U18 representative, Gold Coast Suns Academy player, Townsville Youth Girls Team and Ellie has also represented at an elite level in the sports of soccer, touch football, oz-tag, and athletics.

Committee member Cr Maurie Soars said supporting young sporting talent was vital.

“This bursary acknowledges their sporting achievements and helps these promising juniors to pursue their goals by providing financial assistance,” Cr Soars said.

“Brendan and Ellie have proven passion and dedication to their sports and council is pleased to be able to help them achieve their goals.”

Brendan and Ellie each receive a NQSF Embroidered Sports Jacket along with a cheque for $650 to go towards their development.