2016 Sports Scholarship Recipients for DOYSF

West Auckland pre elite athletes receiving the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation Sports Scholarships for 2016.  15 Athletes have shown promise to perform at an elite level and have been given a helping hand to get there by the great support of the Waitakere Community.

Gabrielle Fa'amausili Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Gabrielle Fa'amausili
Swimming

Gold

Gabrielle has been World Junior 50m backstroke champion and record holder; Junior Olympics 50m backstroke bronze medallist; NZ 100m open backstroke champion; 100m and 50m free age group record holder and the Oceania 50m backstroke champion and record holder.

 

Achievements 2016:

Olympic Trials: -1st women's 100m back, 50m and free.

Age group:-1st 16 years 50m free, back and fly; 100m back and free, 200m back

Oceanias:-1st 100m back, 50m back, and free

Junior Pan Pacifics; -3rd  50m free

 

Goals are:

2016 World Short Course Champs; 2017, World Long Course Champs, Junior World Champs;  Tokyo Olympics.

 

Danielle Sutherland Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Kanah Andrews - Nahu
Olympic Weightlifting
Bronze

Kanah is New Zealand number 1 in the Youth & Junior U69kg, 69kg+ & U75kg Categories and has 74 U15, U17 & U20 New Zealand records. She was the first U15 lifter to break Junior U20 NZ Olympic records and will compete at Malaysia’s 2016 IWF Youth World Championships in October, her fifth IWF Youth World and Youth Commonwealth Championships.

 

Achievements this year include. 

  • 1st Auckland Regional Secondary School Champs

  • Best Female lifter , Auckland Region Secondary School  Champs

  • North Island Olympic Weightlifting U75kg Champion

  • 3rd Juniors Oceania Championships, Fiji

  • 3rd Youths Oceania Championships, Fiji

  • OWNZ Emerging High Performance Squad.
Michael Mincham Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Michael Mincham
Swimming
Silver

Freestyler Michael has represented New Zealand five times, first at the  2011 Youth Commonwealth Games where he won Bronze.  He competed at the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, 2013 FINA World Junior Championships and the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and  2015 at the World University Games.

 

Michael has set 22 New Zealand Age Group Records and still holds 20. The 1500m freestyle in which he is the National short course champion is his favoured event.

 

Michael’s seeks to qualify this year’s World Short Course Championships in Canada, World Championships in Hungary 2017, 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Tokyo Olympics 2020.           

Peter Bethell Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Peter Bethell
Downhill Mountain Biking
​​Bronze

Having started Mountain Biking at about seven, Peter got into downhill racing when he was 16, competing in the North Island and National series. He went on to make the New Zealand team in 2014,  to complete at the Junior World Championships in Norway where he placed 25th. This year he has raced his first European season, competing in 14 events from Scotland to Andorra. He is looking forward to training hard over the New Zealand race season and returning to Europe next year, to qualify for the World Cup rounds in Europe and ultimately get into an International Team.

Nathan Brown Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Aaron Booth
Decathlon
​​Bronze
Britt Kindred Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Britt Kindred
Surfing

Bronze

Aaron has won 10 national medals since 2013 (decathlon, high jump, long jump, javelin and hurdles). Aaron was selected to represent NZ in the Octathlon in 2013In 2015 he was the youngest decathlete at the World University Games in Korea and placed 13th. He was also ranked 20th in the world as an Under 20 competitor

 

Having been injured for a large part of the 2015 year, an immediate goal is to return to the World University Games in 2017 and finish among the medals. The next target is the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, followed by 2020 Olympics.

 

Daniel Mettam Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Liam Bethell
Downhill Mountain Biker

Liam, 17, has recently arrived back from World Champs in Val di Sole, Italy, where he represented New Zealand as part of the junior team. This was his first year as a junior and was “an awesome experience”, “especially being able to race on one of the top downhill tracks in the World.” One of Liam’s best results to date was winning the 2015 Crankworx Downhill in the under 17 category.  Liam is now   looking forward to the New Zealand National Season and is aiming for a top 3 position in the under 19 category in 2017.

Having represented NZ at the World Surfing Juniors in 2014, 2015, Britt has just returned from the Azores where she captained the 10th placed NZ Team in the 2016 World Juniors. Last year the Kiwis were 15th.  She was the National U17 series winner in 2015 and is currently leading the U20 National series for 2016.  Earlier this year she travelled independently in Australia, finishing13th in a World Pro Junior series and 17th in a World Qualifying Series.

 

Her long term goal is to compete for NZ, where surfing features for the first time at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020

Tadhg Campbell Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Nicole Mettam
Soccer
​​Bronze

Nicole was a member of New Zealand team to the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan this month. The team qualified by winning the Oceania Qualifying Tournament in Rarotonga and undertook a pre-World Cup tour of China; Nicole was NZ Player of the Match against World Champions, Japan.  

 

Captained at 14 the 2014 NZ U16’s Secondary School Team in Australia, became the youngest member of the U18 Development Team and a member of the champion Mt Albert Grammar First X1 (unbeaten in three years). 2015 Tournament MVP at NZ Nationals.

 

She aims to represent NZ at the top level and study in USA on a football scholarship.

Daniel Mettam Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Jack Roudon
Rugby League

Jack started playing Rugby Union at 5 then turned to Rugby League in 2013.  In these last four years he has been named 'Most promising Player' twice, 'Best forward' once and this year, 'Player of the Year'.  He has been selected for Northern Regional Reps team u12/u13 restricted, Auckland Touch Development u13 in 2014-2015 and progressed to Auckland Touch Elite u13/u14 in 2015-2016.

 

Jack’s won his school’s 'Most Outstanding Sporting Achievement' award this year and 'Junior Sportsman of the year' in 2015. In the future He wants to make the Auckland touch team and eventually, an NRL team.

Daniel Mettam Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
George Smith
Swimming

A member of Swimming New Zealand’s Talent ID Squad George has just returned from the Australian States Short Course Championship achieving (at his first international outing)  numerous PB’s and placing 3rd place in the 4x100m Medley. George has swum competitively since age 10 and competed in every national meet in his age group. His strongest events are the 50m & 100m Butterfly and 50m & 100m Freestyle, winning gold and silver national medals and holding five Auckland Age Group records.

 

George hopes to qualify for the Youth Commonwealth Games 2017 in the Bahamas and then the Youth Olympics in 2018.

Daniel Mettam Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Jackson Dawson
Open Water Swimming

Jackson Dawson, 17, has been swimming since age 6 and began open water swimming in 2013. He won the male 13-15 year old 10km race at the national open water champs in 2014 and 2015. He was second in the male 13-15 year old, 5km race at the same event in 2014 and first in 2015. This year he won both the male 17-18 year old 10km and the 5km races at the National open water champs. This year he also competed in his first international competitions, at the Oceania Championships and also the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships.

Connor James Peden Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Ikko Shibuya
Swimming

Ikko recently represented New Zealand at the Australian State Teams Age Short Course Championships and is a part of the Swimming NZ National Talent Identification Squad.   He has won a total of 3 golds, 6 silvers and 3 bronze in 7 different events in the 2 nationals in the past year. 

 

He still holds Auckland records for the men’s 13 year olds 50m freestyle long course and the men’s 14 year olds 50m freestyle short course. 

 

Ikko’s next main goal is to qualify for the Australian Age Group Championships next year in April.

Connor James Peden Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Yzabelle Tevao
Basketball

Having represented St Dominic’s College in basketball since 2014, Yzabelle represented New Zealand in 2015 as a member of the  NZ Koru Development Tour Australia. Her club Waitareke West Auckland Basketball Inc (WWABI) invited her to play in the Lady Rangers Women's Basketball Team.  That year also Yzabelle made the Tournament Team at the u15 National Basketball Tournament in Wellington. This year she played in the World Youth Basketball Tournament in Hawaii and in the 3x3 Nationals in Tauranga in which the WWABI U17 team was Pioneer Champions.  Yzabelle is now preparing for her BBNZ National Trial Camp in Auckland.

 

Connor James Peden Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Matthew Oxenham
Wrestling

Mathew Oxenham has won multiple wrestling titles over the last eight years including: Freestyle Cadet gold 2014, 2015 and Junior Gold in 2016. As a team member for the 2015 Cultural Exchange with California and Oregon he won seventeen out of twenty- two matches.  He won Junior Silver medals for Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the Gold Coat Oceania champs  2016 and recently competed at the UWWA World Cadets in Tibilisi, Georgia.

 

Competing at Commonwealth Games are his major long-term goals.  His short term goals are to win gold medals at 2017 Oceania Championships and to compete at the next Junior Worlds.

Daniel Mettam Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation Sports Scholarship recipient for 2014
Montel Tivoli
Olympic Weightlifting

Montel 17, has been Olympic Weightlifting for 3 years and  recently named Over 15yrs  Best Male Lifter at the Secondary School Nationals (based on the Sinclair formula for comparing different weight classes) and won a silver medal in the 94kg plus class. Montel is in the NZ Emerging High Performance Squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and will compete in the Commonwealth Championships held in Penang, Malaysia at the end of October 2016.

 

He has previously represented NZ at:

·         Oceanias 2016 – Bronze Medal 105kg class

·         Oceanias 2015 – Silver Medal 94kg class

·         Oceanias 2014 – Bronze Medal 94kg class.