Tauranga teen’s tennis prowess rewarded

Hannah Walpole,16, has received a Variety scholarship for her tennis abilities. Supplied image.

A Tauranga teenager has received a scholarship for her determination and talent in Tennis.

Hannah Walpole has been awarded a 2020 Variety Gold Heart Scholarship for the second time.

Last year the Otumoetai College student was the champion at the Under 16 Western Bay of Plenty Residential tournament, and also represented Waikato-Bays as a member of the Under 16 team at the Junior National Teams event.

 When she’s not training or volunteer coaching the 16-year-old is working on her grades and excels academically.

The scholarship of up to $5000 will go towards squad training, individual coaching and competition costs.

Hannah’s goal is to study in the United States on a tennis or academic scholarship, potentially in the field of medical science.

She is one of six recipients of this years Variety Gold Heart Scholarship which aims to help them reach their full potential in their chosen fields including sports and the performing arts.

Where available, scholars will also be paired with a suitable mentor to further enhance their development.

For the last 14 years CMC Markets New Zealand has partner with Variety – the Children’s Charity for the scholarships.

General Manager of CMC Markets NZ Chris Smith says it’s a real pleasure to be able to make a difference to the lives of exceptional Kiwi kids every year.

“Every year CMC Markets is honoured to partner with Variety – the Children’s Charity.

“Over the last 14 years, we’ve seen some inspiring success stories through the scholarship programme.

“This round of scholars are no different, having demonstrated extraordinary talent. We’re proud to help them reach their true potential and look forward to seeing what they achieve in their chosen fields,”

As a founding sponsor of the scholarship programme, CMC Markets has donated over $371,000, giving over 100 Kiwi kids an opportunity to follow their goals and ambitions.

Variety president, Richard Spilg, says support from CMC Markets makes the Gold Heart Scholars programme possible.

“Every kid deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams, regardless of their background or circumstance.

“We’re incredibly grateful for CMC Markets’ continued support in helping young Kiwis reach for the stars and achieve their ambitions, especially during these particularly difficult times. This year, they are supporting six of the 20 exceedingly talented Gold Heart Scholars.

“Now that sports and other activities are starting to resume – it couldn’t be a better time to celebrate our talented young Kiwis, acknowledging some of the hardships they have had to face to follow their goals.”

Any New Zealand resident or citizen under the age of 18 is welcome to apply for the Variety Gold Heart Scholarship programme, and typically, funds can be used to assist with the payment of tuition fees, personal development, coaching, purchasing training equipment, accommodation or travel costs associated with their chosen field.

More information can be found here.

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