17-YEAR-OLD Great Lakes College student, Lydia Toms lives by the motto of ‘just do it’ and now she can do exactly that after being awarded the Sydney Markets Fresh for Kids Sports Scholarship for excellence in canoeing.
The annual scholarship is awarded to a boy and girl chosen from 28 different sports who are able to prove that they have the ambition and determination to continue their athletic skills.
“I would like to thank Sydney Markets for the scholarship,” she said on the night. “I greatly appreciate the support to pursue my dream.”
Lydia will receive $1000, which goes towards her training, travel and accommodation, uniforms, sports equipment and schooling, along with $1500 worth of fresh fruit for her growing body. Lydia and her family chose their local greengrocer the Farmers Patch in Forster to purchase their fresh fruit and vegetables from for the year.
Lydia is part of the Great Lakes Canoe Club and travels to Sydney often for training and competitions at Penrith White-water Stadium, the competition venue for the canoe and kayak slalom events during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Lydia has won silver and bronze medals at the Junior Pre-World Games in America and has aspirations of one day emulating her hero Louise Natoli (Australian Canoe Kayak Slalom team member) by competing at the Olympic Games.
Lydia is grateful for the opportunity her sporting achievements have given her to travel and to meet new people.
“The best thing about playing sport is being able to travel to amazing places and having the opportunity to meet a variety of people,” Lydia said.
“I very much enjoy sports in general and the mechanics of the human body.”
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