The Wally Foreman Foundation has announced its 2016 scholarship recipients, welcoming four new faces to the Foundation family.
Chris Hayes (rowing), Georgia Wilson (hockey), Alanah Yukich (athletics) and Caitlin Burt-Polai (kayak) were announced as Wally Foreman Foundation scholarship recipients at the 2016 WAIS Annual Dinner, held on Saturday 15 October.
Hayes competes at open international level and is targeting the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, with next year's Australian open team considered the stepping stone in that road.
The 23-year-old's dedication to his dream and the inability to work fulltime as a result has him forgoing such luxuries as a car, instead riding a bike to training sessions.
Work commitments recently resulted in Hayes' family leaving WA, adding to the financial strains on the athlete.
The Foundation's support will assist in Hayes' day-to-day financial costs, as well as helping with the costs of a new scull boat to replace his previous vessel, which was damaged in transport.
Wilson is an underage international competitor, whose dream is to debut for the Hockeyroos in the next 12 months.
To get there, the 20-year-old is determined to gain selection for this December's Junior World Cup, which is a pathway for AIS identification for 2017.
Wilson is a passionate, dedicated and relentless athlete, who works three part-time jobs and juggles university commitments with pursuing her sporting dream of representing Australia.
The Foundation's support will assist Wilson in repaying the costs of attending an Under 21s tournament, which proved a launching pad for her career and resulted in her first selection for an international touring squad.
Yukich is a 400m hurdles and sprint specialist who is determined to achieve international selection, prioritising 2018's Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, before turning her focus to the Olympics in Tokyo.
The 18-year-old must balance her youth and passion with the expenses of chasing international glory.
The Foundation's support will assist Yukich in covering travel, physio and medical expenses she accrues throughout the year.
Kayakist Burt-Polai has targeted the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, but requires a new boat in order to get there.
The 18-year-old has recently been forced to borrow a training vessel from Bayswater Paddlesports Club and is often required to travel up to an hour to the venue and ocassionally twice a day.
With most of the financial support falling to her family, the Foundation's assistance in acquiring a new K1 kayak will relieve some of that pressure.