Sports Boost Finalists
The votes are in and we have a 2018 Sports Boost winner- Alexandra Kiroi, a rhythmic gymnast from Melbourne.
The votes were incredibly close this year, which was to be expected with such a high calibre of finalists. While we can only have one winner, each of these finalists are competing at the top of their respective disciplines, an impressive feat in its own right. In recognition of their achievements, the selected finalists were all awarded $2,000 to assist with their sporting journey.
Find out more about our 5 finalists below.
Alexandra has been competing and succeeding in gymnastics competitions for the past 10 years as a junior and was recognised as a special mention in last year’s Sports Boost competition. Since then she has achieved amazing things; not only did she take home gold medals at multiple events earlier this year, Alexandra was also the youngest gymnast to qualify for the Australian Commonwealth Games Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. On top of that, she won the only individual rhythmic gymnastics medal at the games with her performance earning her a bronze medal.
At only 10 years old, Cameron is the youngest Sports Boost finalist this year. Having started his involvement in BMX at the age of 6, he has gone from strength to strength in the past 4 years, culminating in being ranked #1 in Australia in the 10-year-old boy category. Cameron is also currently ranked #3 in the world in his age group and is hoping to take the top spot when he represents Australia later this year at the World Championships in Azerbaijan.
Paige first made the Australian Swimming team when she went to the Rio Paralympics at the age of 15 in 2016 and came 6th in the breaststroke final. She’s only improved from there, breaking a world record at the age of 16 a year later and winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games the year after that. Paige’s sights are set on qualifying for the Pan Pacific Trials in July 2018, and beyond that, the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
With only 3 years of kickboxing experience under his belt, Nick has been winning tournament after tournament since transitioning over from Karate in 2016. In the same year, Nick took out first place in the QLD State Championships before doing the same in the Nationals. The following year he once again placed first in QLD as well as at the ISKA World Championships in Sydney and the WMO World champions in Dublin. This year he’s aiming for back to back world championships, for both ISKA and WMO.
Amber began playing tennis at the age of four and was competing in her first tournament at the age of seven. Since then she has consistently been ranked in the top two in Australia and is currently ranked #1 for her age group. Amber has represented Australia three times in as many years with her most recent being the Australia Open Juniors, where she made it through to the third round, further than her fellow Australian girls juniors. Now that she’s had a taste of the junior grand slams, her goal is to compete in all four Junior Grand Slams around the world.
Full terms and conditions for the voting competition can be found here.