Previous Youth Scholarship Recipients

Matthew Sutcliffe - 2014

Matthew_Sutcliffe.jpg"Running has always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember."

Matthew had a successful season, which started with his first foray into athletics with the Lower Hutt Amateur Athletcis Club.  "My aim was to get into the Wellington Team and compete in Hawkes Bay.  However I realised I didn't have the skills required, so didn't make this squad. It occurred to me whilst training that my real love is the bush, the trees, the mud and the views of our stunning city, and by comparison that boring red track just didn't do it for me."

At Wellington College, Matthew won his school cross country and went on to compete at the National Secondary Schools Cross-Country Champs, placing 5th.  "I'm part of a great bunch of runners at Wellington College and in the Year 9 team, we took out first place in the Wanganui relay, the Karori relay, and the 3-man team at Nationals."

On the more casual side, Matthew enjoyed some local races, including the Mt Lowry and the X-terra series.  "The highlight was winning the youth grade in the Butterfly Creek Nightime Madness, for the second year running."

"Thank you so much for this scholarship, it meant a great deal to me, and now more doors are open just waiting for me to run through."

Liam Carson - 2014

scholarship_6.PNGLiam made it into the Wellington trials to for the North Island Secondary Schools Athetics Champs but was unfortunately unable to compete due a broken toe.

During Cross-country season, and with a healed toe, Liam competed in many local and regional events, often placing in the top 3.  But one week prior to the nationals Liam pulled his calf.  "I got my calf feeling half decent and ran hard at nationals, felt fine through the first 3km, and was sitting comfortably in the top 5.  Then my calf started hurting forcing me back to 13th by the time the finish line came along." The team placed 3rd overall.

Road racing was the next part of the year and with no injurys, Liam was off to a better start.  "I ran 2nd place at the Cahill Mug in town, 3rd place in the Wellington Road Champs, and won the Wanganui Relay against other lower North Island schools.  I was feeling really good coming up to nationals Track & Field Champs."

Unfortunately news of his uncle passing away came a day before the big race.  "It was quite draining mentally and physically. I ended up conking out in the 3000m, just loosing the plot after 1km and going 40 seconds over my PB."

Liam is now looking forward to a better run of luck.  Planning to increase his mileage over the summer.  "I have already started doing a lot of swimming for aerobic fitness, and with a good base and a little bit of speed work, I  should be humming - and look to reach the goals I failed to reach this year."

Brandon Lynch - 2013

Brandon is being guided through his athletics career with help from Billy Graham.  The HVMC Youth Scholarship helped him travel to the North Island and NZ Secondary School Cross-Country, and athletics events.  He has also bought new running gear.  He would like to gain a place in the 3000m event, and make it into the NZ Rep team one day.

Kate Plimmer - 2013

Kate competed in her first Australian Youth Olympics, competing in the 100m hurdles and the long jump, against competitors from all around the World.  Earlier in the year, at the North Island Track & Field Championships, Kate placed second in the senior girls long jump, with a best leap of 5.46m.  She was also third in the senior girls 100m hurdles, in a time of 15.48s.

Tim Robertson - 2012


Tim travelled to Malta for the ISF World Schools Cross-Country Championship with the NZ Secondary Schools Team.  "We traveled via London, where we spent a week getting over jetlag and doing some light training in Hyde Park.  Then we flew to Malta." 

Tim placed  30th and the boys team came 2nd"It was an amazing experience and I have made some great friends amongst the team and have neat memories."

In another overseas trip Tim was selected for the NZ Junior Orienteering Team, travelling to the Junior World Orienteering Champs (in Slovakia) for a week of races. "My best placing was 29th in the Long Distance event." 

Following this success, Tim was selected for the Senior Team for the Sprint distance event at the World Orienteering Champs.  "I traveled on from Junior champs in Slovakia to Switzerland for the World Champs!  I was one of the youngest competitors, and my goal was to qualify for the final in the sprint event."  A sprint event is about 4.0km and takes about 14-15mins.  One of two NZers to qualify for the final Tim placed 31st , and was the top New Zealander.  "I was proud of this achievement and felt I gained a lot from the experience of competing in a World Championship event."

"All these trips are costly so the HVMC Scholarship was greatly appreciated, and used towards travel costs to represent NZ."