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Foundation Congratulates Rio Four Ahead of Games

Published Date: Sat 6 August 2016

The Wally Foreman Foundation (WFF) congratulates and wishes well its four scholarship recipients preparing to take on the world over the next month at the Rio Games.

Rower David Watts and cycling's Melissa Hoskins will compete the Olympic Games across the next fortnight, before Brant Garvey and Sharon Jarvis compete the Paralympic Games, which begin 7 September.

WFF Deputy Chairman Glen Foreman said: "The Foundation is delighted to have played a role in helping these four athletes achieve a significant step towards their dream of Olympic and Paralympic glory.

"The Wally Foreman Foundation exists to help identified athletes and coaches take that leap to top-tier success and these four athletes embody that that goal.

"David Watts received Foundation assistance in 2009 and is now preparing to make his Olympic debut. In that same year, Melissa Hoskins was awarded a scholarship and not only went on to represent her country at the London Games, but became a world champion after that and is now a member of another highly-rated Olympic outfit.

"And our Paralympic recipients Brant Garvey and Sharon Jarvis are the definition of endeavour and determination. Athletes with a disability are often forced to face adversity beyond that with which they are already challenged, as the financial impost of competing at the highest level can often prove a barrier too great to overcome.

"Brant has shown great potential for a while, leading the Foundation to offer funding assistance for a new racing prosthesis two years ago and we are delighted to now see him on the verge of achieving greatness on the biggest stage of all, while Sharon will not only shoulder the weight of her own expectations, but also carry herself as a leader among Australia's para-equestrian team with Games experience already under her belt.

"We wish all four athletes well and look forward to them helping Australia make its mark in Rio."

Watts' selection in Australia's 20-strong rowing squad put him in-line to make his Olympic debut and he will combine with Adelaide-born compatriot Chris Morgan in the men's double scull, with heats beginning on the opening day of the Games.

The highly-rated Hoskins will form part of Australia's endurance squad aiming for a podium result in the team pursuit.

It will be the 25-year-old world champion's second Olympic outing, having finished fourth as a member of Australia's team pursuit squad at London, with the event beginning in the second week of action in Rio.

Rio's Paralympic Games will run from 7-18 September, with para-triathlete Garvey first off the blocks in the opening days, before Jarvis' competes the equestrian in the second week.

Garvey, a left leg above-knee amputee, rapidly became symbol of WA's contribution to the Paralympics over the past 18 months, with the affable athlete launching his own #NoXcuses brand to highlight his path to Rio.

The 31-year-old will compete the PT2 class and met the selection criteria in April when he finished second at an ITU World Para-Triathlon event in Penrith, qualifying Australia’s berth in the classification in the process.

Garvey reinforced his credentials by winning silver at another ITU World event in Yokohama, Japan, in May, as he continued to improve his time, particularly in the cycling discipline.

Jarvis headlines the Australian para-equestrian team of four as the only returning Paralympian, following her debut in Beijing in 2008.

Australia boasts a proud record in para-equestrian, having won nine medals in the sport since it was introduced to the Paralympic roster in Atlanta 1996.

Jarvis, who has limited strength and movement on her left side as a result of bone cancer, will compete in the Grade III class at Deodoro Stadium with horse Ceasy, a Dutch Warmblood.

Wally Foreman Foundation Donations

Athlete & Coach Scholarship Fund is a registered project of the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF). Donations of $2 and over made to the ASF in support of the Wally Foreman Foundation are tax deductible. Donations may be made at any time during the year.