Sports Boost Finalists Announced
To over 450 entrants representing over 100 sporting disciplines across Australia, we are very excited to announce this year’s Sports Boost finalists.
Congratulations Sam Fricker, Billie Russell, and Samuel Short – our 2019 Sports Boost finalists!
Each finalist will receive $2,000 and the overall winner will collect the total $20,000 Sports Boost prize to help fund their sporting dreams.
Who will take out the top prize? That’s up to you! By voting for your favourite Team Boost or Spots Boost finalist you go n the draw to win 1 or 10 FitBit Ionic Watches. Hurry! Voting closes on the 13th of October at 11:59pm AEDST.
Voting terms and conditions here.
Billie Russell - Speed Skating
Only competing in Speed Skating for three years, Billie is her age group’s National Champion and holds 7 national records – some of which remained unbroken for 20 years. To achieve this at her young age of 10, Billie trains two days a week with the National squad and one with her local club.
In 2018, Billie travelled to Singapore for the South East Asian Trophy and returned with the overall trophy for her age group. Her next step is to travel to Europe to compete in the Star Class and Danubia series which are held in multiple countries across the continent. This series is a stepping-stone to the World Cup, World Championships, and the Winter Olympic Games.
For Billie, the opportunity to race in Europe is especially important as it presents a new level of competition that isn’t available in Australia. Being able to use the Sports Boost prize to fund her travels will give Billie invaluable experience and the chance to compete with the world’s best Speed Skating athletes in the lead up to representing Australia in the Winter Olympics.
Sam Fricker - Diving
17 year old Sam is the current Australian NSW Diving team captain, twice Australian Junior A Boys diver in the year, and international multi-medallist. This year, Sam made history becoming the first Australian ever to win A Boys Platform by performing one of the hardest dives in the world.
Sam describes himself as a ruthless athlete, never stopping until he is the best in his sport. Coaches have also commented that he is the hardest working athlete they have had the privilege of coaching. On top of his 26 hour-per-week training schedule, Sam also coaches diving twice a week to children and pensioners.
Currently, on the Australian Diving squad and eligible for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Sam is one track to achieving his dreams of competing, and winning, in at least three Olympic Games. Not only is he striving for Olympic glory, Sam also has his eyes on collecting gold across every major diving competition in the world.
For Sam, the Sports Boost prize will help fund his domestic and overseas travel – which in 2018 alone cost $14,000. On top of this, the money will also support his training and physiotherapy which he uses to prevent injuries and stay at the top of this game.
Samuel Short - Swimming
At just 15 years old, Sam is fastest Australian in the 800m and 1500m freestyle swim for the 14 years age group, broke Grant Hackett’s 800m freestyle long course record, and is featured in the 2018 Top 10 Australian Men Under 20 to watch. Given his age and impressive results, Sam is currently tracking to compete for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2024 Olympics.
Not only is he an exceptional swimming athlete, outside of the pool, Sam is also an elite Surf Life Saver and has been selected in the Australian team to compete in Italy, 2020.
However, becoming the best comes at a high price including training, competition and squad fees, appointments, and diet. Additionally, since 2017 Sam and his family and team have funded thousands of dollars in travel and accommodation across Australia and New Zealand to help him achieve his goals. Now with the upcoming opportunities in Italy and beyond, the financial strain is taking its toll. The Sports Boost prize will help relieve this strain for Sam and his support team.
Full terms and conditions for the voting competition can be found here.