meet our 2024 scholarship recipients

Raffi

Raffi

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Raffi: a 15-year-old AFL enthusiast on a mission. Since the age of 10, she’s been captivated by the game, dreaming of a future in the AFLW. With her sights set on the 2026/27 season, Raffi’s confidence and determination drive her to train harder than ever before. Join her journey as she strives to become the best, aiming for multiple best and fairest awards along the way.

Shannon Campbell
Shannon Campbell
Chloe

Chloe

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Chloe: a budding talent with a passion for the stage and screen. From a young age, acting has been her calling, providing her with a deep sense of purpose. With each performance, Chloe’s dedication shines, as she strives to perfect her craft and leave a lasting impression on audiences everywhere.

Heidi Enchelmaier
Heidi Enchelmaier
Rowan

Rowan

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Rowan: a testament to resilience and determination. Despite losing his sight in a 2020 accident, he emerged with a dream of becoming the world’s fastest blind runner. With his eyes set on the 2023 Paralympics, Rowan embodies the power of perseverance and serves as an inspiration to all.

Gerrard Gosens
Gerrard Gosens
Jacob

Jacob

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Jacob: a born entertainer who thrives on captivating audiences, whether through laughter or tears. With dreams of a lifelong career in entertainment, he’s dedicated to bringing joy and emotion to every performance, be it on stage or in front of the camera.

Colin Smith
Colin Smith

Riley

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Riley: AFL runs through his veins. His goal? To make the All Australian team in 2024 and join the AFL. Football isn’t just a game for him; it’s a driving force that pushes him to face challenges and be his best self.

Charlotte

Charlotte

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Charlotte: A dreamer with a passion for the stage, she envisions herself as a successful actor, embodying her best self when she steps into the limelight. This year, Charlotte is determined to expand her horizons, gaining invaluable experience and honing her skills to bring her closer to her dreams.

Eadie

Eadie

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Eadie: Her commitment to becoming a professional player knows no bounds. With her sights set on the top ranks of tennis, she’s determined to realize her dream of becoming a professional player. Beyond her own aspirations, Eadie aims to inspire and motivate young people to strive for their best in all endeavours.

Emily Byrns
Emily Burns
Andie

Andie

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Andie: A rising star making waves in the industry with her infectious personality and colossal aspirations. Set on becoming a successful actor, she’s also driven to write her own play and complete a short film. With boundless creativity and determination, Andie’s journey knows no limits.

Josh

Josh

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Josh: His sights are set on a remarkable goal – to become a professional blind golfer. With determination in his swing, he aims to tee off at major tournaments worldwide. But for Josh, it’s about more than just the game; it’s about showing other young people with disabilities that anything is possible with passion and perseverance.

Gerrard Gosens
Gerrard Gosens

Hudson

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Hudson: Soccer isn’t just a game for him; it’s a way of life. Hudson dedicates himself to the sport, training rigorously with an academy to sharpen his skills. With determination, talent, and unwavering motivation, he’s set his sights on playing professional football, ready to chase his dreams to the fullest.

Gavin Cogdon
Gavin Cogdon
Shannon Campbell

Shannon Campbell

Raffi's Mentor

Shannon Campbell, a stalwart defender for the Brisbane Lions since 2017, has become synonymous with the team’s impenetrable defense. Her unwavering commitment to every contest epitomizes the spirit of the game, earning her admiration from teammates and fans alike. Throughout her career, Campbell has garnered numerous awards and accolades, showcasing her exceptional skill and dedication on the field. With her defensive prowess and tenacity, she continues to be a cornerstone of the Lions’ success, inspiring those around her with her relentless pursuit of excellence.

Heidi Enchelmaier

Heidi Enchelmaier

Chloe's Mentor

Heidi is a multifaceted talent, boasting extensive experience as both a performer and a teacher in the realms of theatre and music. With a rich background in these disciplines, she has graced the stage with notable performances and shared her expertise through facilitating performing arts workshops. Heidi thrives on nurturing emerging artists, guiding them as they develop their skills and confidence in the spotlight. Among her notable theatre credits are iconic roles like Elphaba in Wicked and Roxie Hart in Chicago, showcasing her versatility and commanding presence on stage.

Gerrard Gosens

Gerrard Gosens

Rowan's and Josh's Mentor

Gerrard James Gosens, OAM, is a remarkable Australian Paralympic athlete who has defied the odds and achieved extraordinary feats in multiple disciplines. Despite being born with congenital blindness, Gosens has excelled as a vision-impaired athlete, participating in three Paralympic Games and earning numerous accolades. Alongside his achievements in goalball and triathlon, Gosens has ventured into the world of entrepreneurship as a successful chocolatier. As a motivational speaker, he has inspired audiences with his incredible story of perseverance and determination. Adding to his list of remarkable accomplishments, Gosens has embarked on thrilling global adventures, demonstrating his indomitable spirit. To top it all off, he accomplished the awe-inspiring feat of summiting the tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest. Gerrard James Gosens’ life journey is a testament to the power of resilience, passion, and the unwavering pursuit of dreams.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Jacob's Mentor

Colin Smith, a proud Jagera First Nations performer from Brisbane, boasts over two decades of experience in the city’s vibrant theatre scene. As a core member of the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble for 13 years, he brings classical theatre to life with passion and authenticity, enriching his performances with his Indigenous heritage. With a dedication to storytelling and cultural representation, Colin’s talent and commitment continue to leave a lasting impression on audiences in Brisbane and beyond.

Jack Payne

Jack Payne

Riley's Mentor

Jack Payne is a star in Australian rules football, currently showcasing his talent as a key defender for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL). Hailing from the Lions Academy, Payne was recruited by the Brisbane Lions in 2017, marking the beginning of his professional career in the sport. Known for his tenacity and skill on the field, Payne has quickly established himself as a valuable asset to the team’s defensive lineup. With his dedication and determination, he continues to make significant contributions to the Lions’ success, earning admiration from fans and teammates alike for his impressive performances.

Naomi Price

Naomi Price

Charlotte's Mentor

Naomi Price is a powerhouse in the Australian entertainment industry, renowned for her talents as a cabaret and theatre performer, producer, and co-founder of The Little Red Company. With a string of awards to her name, Naomi is celebrated for her captivating performances and her ability to effortlessly engage audiences. Her versatility was further showcased in her appearance on the fourth season of the Australian version of The Voice, where she finished in fifth place, solidifying her status as a formidable force in the entertainment industry. With her boundless creativity and passion for her craft, Naomi Price continues to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impression wherever she goes.

Emily Byrns

Emily Byrns

Eadie's Mentor

Emily Burns, is currently a Coach Developer for Tennis Australia, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to her role as Eadie’s mentor. Prior to this, she held the position of Scholarship Coach in Queensland as part of Tennis Australia’s Females in Tennis initiative, where she made significant contributions to the development of young talent. With a deep-rooted passion for the sport and an unparalleled knowledge of the game, Burns is renowned for her coaching prowess and dedication to nurturing talent. Her previous experience as a professional player further enriches her understanding of the game, allowing her to impart invaluable insights to players and coaches alike.

Ngoc Phan

Ngoc Phan

Andie's Mentor

Ngọc, an award-winning actor, director, and playwright, has left an indelible mark on the Australian arts scene. With performances spanning stages and screens nationwide, she has captivated audiences with her compelling portrayals and storytelling prowess. Beyond her acting accolades, Ngọc’s talents extend to directing and playwriting, where she crafts narratives that resonate deeply with audiences. As a dedicated teaching artist at both NIDA and Queensland Theatre, she shares her expertise and passion, shaping the next generation of theatre practitioners. Ngọc’s contributions to the arts landscape are both profound and far-reaching, cementing her legacy as a multifaceted force in Australian theatre.

Gavin Cogdon

Gavin Cogdon

Hudson's Mentor

Gavin’s journey in the world of soccer began at Sunderland AFC Academy during his formative years from 11 to 16. Although his professional aspirations took a different route, he remained deeply involved in the sport through a fulfilling semi-professional career in England. Transitioning seamlessly into the fitness industry, Gavin found his niche by leveraging his expertise to work with children and semi-professional soccer players, specialising in strength and conditioning. Today, he channels his passion for fitness and soccer into his own gym, where he continues to inspire others to pursue their athletic goals with dedication and determination.