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Sports Boost Moves into the Next Phase

The Colonial First State Sports Boost is back for a fourth year, already having awarded over $135k over the last three years. This year, our grass-roots initiative supporting junior Aussie athletes has a new and exciting open competition structure.

Over the past few months we’ve been poring through the incredible successes, brilliant achievements and amazing stories of the brightest sporting stars this country has to offer – stories that we will be sharing with you soon.

The entry task was simple. Junior athletes were required to tell us why they deserved a $20,000 Sports Boost, what their sporting dream was and how they would use the Sports Boost if they were announced the overall winner.

The outpouring of support and volume of entries for the new Sports Boost 2016/17 competition has surpassed all expectations.

Colonial First State has received entries from nearly 400 junior athletes across more than 60 sports – everything from the obscure sports of roller derby and synchronised ice skating, to the more popular ones of athletics, swimming and soccer.

While nominations have now closed, the best is yet to come.

Colonial First State and our expert judging panel will now begin the exciting process of shortlisting the outstanding entries who will go on to compete for the overall $20,000 prize.

From 20 shortlisted athletes, 10 will receive a special mention and a $200 Sports Boost.

The 10 remaining athletes will move through to a final public voting round. All finalists will all receive $2,000 to help them along their road to greatness, with one lucky junior athlete taking out the overall Sports Boost comprising $15,000 in prize money and $5,000 coaching.

With the incredible public reception to the program, we’re sure to uncover even more emerging future legends to join the ranks of past Sports Boost alumni Michael Storer (Asia-Pacific Cycling Champion), Jessica Thornton and Matthew Denny (Rio 2016 Olympians) and Mack Horton (Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist) just to name a few.

Keep an eye on the Colonial First State Facebook page as we announce our shortlisted athletes, or click here for more information on the Sports Boost program.