Science women among first to receive gold medallist’s fund

28 June 2013
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Scholarship winner Elizabeth Lamb

Six students studying towards a Bachelor of Science are among The University of Auckland’s first recipients of the Mahé Drysdale Sports Support Fund.

Elizabeth Lamb, Renee Beveridge, Ashlee Caskie, Rose Crooks, Kayla Imrie and Laura Robertson are six of the 17 successful applicants of the fund, which provides financial support for individual athletes who have been selected to represent New Zealand.

Louis Rattray, Director for Sport and Recreation at the University, was impressed by the quality of all applicants for the fund, and the commitment required to combine both elite sport and academic study.

“The University of Auckland has some of the best athletes in the country studying here, evident by the large number of applications we received for this fund, all of whom are great ambassadors for their sport.

“It is great the University supports the aspirations of these athletes with some financial assistance, and I wish them all the best of luck over the coming months as they represent their country and The University of Auckland.”

Elizabeth Lamb is the current NZ senior women’s high jump champion and will represent NZ at this year’s World University Games in July. She has represented NZ at various age group levels and won selection for NZ at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Elizabeth is studying towards a conjoint degree in Commerce and Science, majoring in Finance and Biological Sciences.

Both Renee Beveridge and Laura Robertson have been selected to represent NZ at the World Junior Orienteering Championships, taking place in the Czech Republic in July. Renee won last year’s W20A NZ Middle Distance Championships, and is studying towards a double major in geology and anthropological science. Laura is also studying towards a double major in geology and geography.

Rose Crooks has won selection as the heavyweight sweep for the NZ U21 Rowing Eights, competing against Australia for the Trans-Tasman Cup. She is studying towards a degree in biological sciences.

Sport and Exercise student Ashlee Caskie will represent New Zealand at the U19 Junior World Rowing Championships, taking place in Lithuania in August. It is a notable personal achievement for Ashlee, having come back from a three month layoff as a result of a back injury, and qualified for the U19 Quad.

2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games hopeful Kayla Imrie, another biological sciences major, represents New Zealand at the U23 World Championships in Canada, taking part in the K1 200m and the K2 500m sprints.

The other recipients of the Mahé Drysdale Sports Support Fund are:

  • Sam Bullock, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Sailing)
  • Peter Burling, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Sailing)
  • Ben Goodwin, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Sailing)
  • Troy Hanley, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Conjoint) (Rugby league)
  • Thomas Hartles Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Property (Conjoint) (Beach volleyball)
  • Jessie Hawkins, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts (Conjoint) (Beach volleyball)
  • Gemma Jones, Bachelor of Commerce (Sailing)
  • Penny Kirkwood, Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Ultra marathon)
  • Julia McMillan, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts (Conjoint) (Orienteering)
  • Tony Manoa, Bachelor of Business and Information Management (Rugby league)
  • Eythan Prendergast, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Inline hockey)