We are thrilled to announce four very deserving recipients of this years’ Hockey Foundation Scholarships.

The Chica Gilmer Scholarship is awarded every year to one or more Under-19 female hockey players. This year we have two great recipients.

KASSIDY PONT – CENTRAL OTAGO

Since she was six-years old, Kassidy has travelled often for hockey because her local school is in the remote valley of the Maniototo in Central Otago (total population under 2000).

She plays in many teams and also umpires. She is a passionate dedicated player with a bright future.

Kassidy says “Thank you so much to the Chica Gilmer Scholarship for helping our whānau with the huge amount of travel each week to get me to my hockey practices and games. We also have three tournaments this season and am really looking forward to playing the sport I love.”

RUBY BERMINGHAM – WAIRARAPA

Ruby has played for many Wairarapa representative age group teams during her time in the sport. She has been playing for the St Matthews 1st XI for the last 3 years and is now a key player and vice-captain of the team. She has been involved with school and club hockey since a young age including refereeing and coaching teams.

Ruby says “Sport is expensive and with several tournaments and weekly travel fees, the costs are draining. Receiving this scholarship will impact my confidence immensely. I didn’t believe I was capable of being recognised by such a prestigious Foundation. I’m super grateful to have this opportunity and the benefits have already relieved the stress from my family and I.”

The Foundation have also awarded two scholarships winners for the Alan Lints Senior Scholarship (Under-19 male umpires).

DARROCH GEORGE-BODLE – NORTH HARBOUR

Darroch is a very dedicated young hockey umpire who currently spends several hours most days at hockey – umpiring, completing his Junior Umpire Coordinator role, junior umpire mentoring, practicing, playing and learning about the business of hockey. He is always traveling back and forth from home to hockey.

Darroch says “Thank you so much for this scholarship, it will be so helpful in my hockey umpiring journey this year.”

FLYNN REGISTER – WAIRARAPA

Flynn Is a very passionate young player and umpire from Wairarapa.

Flynn spends a lot of time at the turf and been getting into more umpiring over the past two years. He has had amazing support from Kelly Gowan at hockey Wairarapa who is very accommodating at giving him 2-4 games per week, including College and adult club games.

Flynn says “I feel proud & humbled to have been selected for this scholarship. It will allow me to continue to travel within the North Island for my school & rep hockey tournaments, as well as continue with my hockey umpiring too”.