Young water polo star scores her chance to shine

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Local Queenscliff resident and water polo prodigy Alexandra Scorgie now has a chance to shine among a group of 94 aspiring young athletes who will soon start training with the Barwon Sports Academy. 

She’ll also receive a much-needed helping hand through a $250 bursary from the Borough of Queenscliffe.

Barwon Sports Academy (BSA) is celebrating 10 years of developing elite young athletes in our region across a wide range of sports including water polo, athletics, golf, tennis, netball, sailing and beach volleyball.  Since it was formed in 2007, BSA has supported 812 athletes from state and national level and has produced five world champions.

Alexandra, 16, is already known for her explosive scoring power, catching the eye of talent scouts at the National Club Championships in Hobart in 2015. She is now a National Identified Athlete on the Australian Winning Edge (AWE) list. In 2016, Alexandra was highest goal scorer and most valuable player in the Under-16 Victorian State Championships. She has also played for Richmond’s Under-16, Under-18 and State League 1 squads. Alexandra has also competed for the Albury Sharks’ Under 16 and Women’s A teams as well as representative teams in the Ovens and Murray league.

This year Alexandra became one of the youngest female players for Water Polo Australia Barbarians – a Victorian team consisting of club players in the National Water Polo League. She currently attends Kardinia College and is a Train on VIS athlete with the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Tony Francis said the Council had sponsored BSA athletes such as Alexandra since its inception and was pleased to support Individual Scholarships in such a worthwhile program.

“Barwon Sports Academy has helped hundreds of young athletes strive to compete at the highest level with many of them going on to represent Victoria and Australia in their chosen sport,” Cr Francis said.

“Under the Borough’s three-year funding agreement with the Academy, Council contributes an annual sponsorship of around $820 to directly assist local athletes in the program.

“Council is very proud that young local athletes such as Lorcan Reed – gymnastics, Simon Harrington – mountain biking and Ella Saunders – netball have all benefited from the Academy in past years continue to represent our community in their disciplines. The Borough has contributed a total of nearly $6000 in sponsorship since 2009.

“Now Alexandra gets her chance to shine with an Individual Scholarship and, along with her family, we will watch her development with great interest and pride.”

Cr Francis said a crucial part of the Academy’s work was also offering youth athletes mentoring and education programs to prepare them for life after sport and Council supported this holistic approach.

“Council is very pleased to acknowledge Alexandra’s State achievements via an additional $250 bursary with the Barwon Sports Academy which will directly assist with her competition expenses this coming year.” This motion was put forward by Cr Bob Merriman and passed unanimously by Council.”

Alexandra said today she was very grateful for the support of local Councillors and the Borough community.
“The Academy is a great opportunity and every donation makes life a little easier for my family along the way,” she said. “This kind of practical support helps make pursuing my dreams of a place on a national team or squad possible, so thank you all.”

Barwon Sports Academy CEO, Cam Loftus said BSA relied on strong local support to be able to assist talented athletes from throughout the G21 region. 

“Thanks to the support of local councils, businesses and sports associations, BSA has become a leader in developing young athletes.  This support has ensured we can develop outstanding young people who are the leaders of tomorrow," Mr Loftus said.