Team Boost Finalists Announced
From over 100 entrants across Australia, we are very excited to announce our Team Boost finalists.
Congratulations to the U16s NSW State Indoor Volleyball Boys team, Sprint Kayak duo Jenaya Massie & Phoebe Willis-Grace, and the Perth Northern Metro Baseball League – our 2019 Team Boost finalists!
Each finalist will receive $2,000 and the overall winner will collect the total $20,000 Team Boost prize.
Who will take out the top spot? That’s up to you! By voting for your favourite Team Boost or Sports Boost finalist, you go in the draw to win 1 of 10 FitBit Ionic Watches! Hurry! Voting closes on the 13th of October at 11:59pm AEDST.
Voting terms and conditions here.
Jenaya & Phoebe - Sprint Kayak
Since starting kayaking together at 14 years old, Phoebe and Jenaya have become an unstoppable force in Sprint Kayak.
In the past year, the girls have represented Australia in both Poland and New Zealand and are currently ranked 9th in the world. At home, Phoebe and Jenaya are the reigning Queensland State champions for under 16 years 500m and 200m, and Australian Sprint champions in the under 16 years 500m, 200m, 1000m competitions.
Their ultimate goal is to represent Australia in the 2024 Olympics. To achieve this, the girls will need to gain outstanding results in both national and international competitions to improve their Olympic selection ranking.
One of the biggest challenges they face is the cost of racing boats as well as travel, competition, and training fees. Phoebe and Jenaya have competed in boats that are 20 years old and are currently racing in borrowed boats - new boats cost $15,000 on average. Additionally, each event costs several thousand dollars for competition fees and boat transfer.
Winning Sports Team Boost would give some relief to their families who are currently funding the entire venture. The money would help fund a much-needed custom boat for the team which is vital to all competitions leading up to 2024 Olympic qualification.
Perth Northern Metros Intermediate League - Baseball
For the second year in a row, this group of 12 to 13 year old aspiring baseballers from Perth’s Northern Suburbs have won the Australian National Intermediate League Championships.
After taking out the top place at this year’s National Championships in Victoria, the Northern Metros travelled to California, USA to represent our country in the Intermediate League World Series.
This competition is the first major opportunity for the team to achieve their goal of being the first Australian team to win a World Series.
Although this is a huge achievement, the opportunity caused financial strain on the families of the athletes. With only 3 weeks notice, each family was asked to pay an additional $1,000 per player on top of travel and competition costs.
If the Perth Northern Metros win the Sports Boost fund, the prize would be split evenly across all players to help recover the costs from the California World Series trip.
U16s NSW Boys State Team - Indoor Volleyball
After a gruelling two rounds of trials, this squad of 10 talented boys were chosen to represent New South Wales at the under 16s Indoor Volleyball National Championships.
Hailing from across the state from Port Macquarie to Blayney, the team now has only six weeks to train before the National Championships in Canberra. As a part of their training, the squad have been put through their paces against some of the strongest adult men’s teams NSW has to offer.
For this team, bringing home gold at the National Championships is just the start of their goals. Scouts will also be present at the competition, looking for players to represent Australia both internationally and at future Olympic games.
However, despite being an Olympic sport, Volleyball receives no financial assistance or government support. This means that despite being possible future Olympians, Indoor Volleyball athletes are constantly overshadowed by sports including swimming and rugby.
For the team, the upcoming National Championships is proving to be a huge financial burden to the players and their families – costing about $3000 per player. This cost has already proved too much for one of the teammates, who unfortunately, has had to pull out of the team.
The Sports Team Boost prize fund would be split evenly across the squad if they were to win, taking the financial strain off the players and their families.
Full terms and conditions for the voting competition can be found here.