meet our 2023 scholarship recipients

Eadie Biggs

Eadie Biggs

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Eadie Biggs, a remarkable 10-year-old prodigy who is making waves in the world of tennis. As a member of the Tennis Australia 2023 National Development Squad, Eadie has already achieved remarkable feats in her young career. She proudly represented Queensland at the prestigious Australian Open National, showcasing her immense talent and determination. Currently ranked as the second-best player in Queensland and the eleventh in Australia for her age group, Eadie’s dedication to her craft is evident. With an unwavering passion for tennis and an exceptional work ethic, Eadie is poised to make a lasting impact on the sport she loves.

Joshua Eagle
Joshua Eagle
Niheta Pala'amo

Niheta Pala'amo

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Niheta Pala’amo, a dynamic and driven 15-year-old rugby union player with aspirations that soar as high as the Queensland Reds. Niheta’s passion for the sport runs deep, and he is laser-focused on realizing his dream of playing for his beloved team. Currently honing his skills in the esteemed Reds Academy, Niheta’s dedication and commitment have paid off as he has recently earned a spot on the Red U16 team. With a natural flair for leadership and an unwavering determination, Niheta is poised to not only excel on the field but also inspire and guide his peers and teams to victory. The future looks bright for this talented young athlete.

Elton Flatley
Elton Flatley
Joshua Wood

Joshua Wood

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Joshua Wood, a determined 15-year-old with an unwavering aspiration to become a top blind golfer. Despite facing unique challenges, Joshua is set on achieving remarkable feats in the world of blind golf. His dedication and talent have not gone unnoticed, as he has been invited to participate in prestigious events such as the Australian Blind Golf Open. What’s more, Joshua has an incredible opportunity to showcase his skills on an international stage at the upcoming British Blind Golf Open in the UK. With a deep sense of pride in representing his country and competing in a sport that he loves, Joshua’s commitment extends beyond the golf course. He is also an avid academic, devoting extra time to his studies while seizing every opportunity to play golf whenever he can. Joshua’s remarkable journey is a testament to his resilience and passion for both sport and education.

Gerrard Gosens
Gerrard Gosens
Andie-Rosie

Andie-Rosie

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Andie-Rosie, a talented and ambitious 13-year-old immersed in the world of performing arts. Currently honing her craft as a member of the esteemed Queensland Theatre Young Artist Ensemble, Andie-Rosie harbors dreams of taking her talent to the next level. With aspirations to train at renowned institutions like NIDA or even abroad, she is constantly pushing herself to reach new heights. Beyond her training, Andie-Rosie regularly graces the stage in community theater productions and short films, showcasing her versatility and passion for performance. Her talent and hard work have garnered recognition, as she is currently a top finalist in the prestigious Carmen Duncan Scholarship, offering training opportunities in both Australia and the United States. Not limited to acting alone, Andie-Rosie is also an avid playwright, with her work captivating attention both nationally and internationally. With her natural ability and dedication, Andie-Rosie is undoubtedly a shining star on the rise in the world of performing arts.

Thomas Yaxley
Thomas Yaxley
Andie-Rosie's Mentor
Jacob Petrovic

Jacob Petrovic

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Jacob Petrovic, a passionate 15-year-old with big dreams of pursuing a career in the captivating world of performing arts. Jacob’s dedication to his craft is evident as he immerses himself in various avenues of learning and growth. He is currently studying as a member of the prestigious Queensland Theatre Youth Ensemble, honing his acting skills and expanding his artistic horizons. Additionally, Jacob actively participates in his school’s performing arts program, further nurturing his talent and love for the stage. Beyond his formal training, Jacob finds joy in giving back to the community through volunteering for various events, showcasing his selflessness and commitment to making a positive impact. With his unwavering enthusiasm and determination, Jacob is set to make his mark in the performing arts industry, bringing stories to life and captivating audiences along the way.

Hayden Spencer
Hayden Spencer
Zoe Tempany

Zoe Tempany

Scholarship Recipient

Meet Zoe Tempany, a talented and accomplished 17-year-old who is making waves in the performing arts scene. Zoe’s dedication to her craft is evident as she actively participates in the Queensland Theatre Youth Performance Ensemble, showcasing her skills and passion on stage. Not only has Zoe been offered the prestigious female lead role in her school’s 2023 musical, but she has also been recognized for her outstanding contribution to the arts by being awarded the position of Arts Captain. Looking ahead, Zoe is setting her sights on auditioning for the top Australian university acting programs in 2023, aiming to further develop her skills and pursue her acting career at a higher level. In her role as Arts Captain, Zoe also demonstrates her leadership and creative abilities by producing a series of short scenes written and performed by fellow students, providing a platform for artistic expression. Outside of her academic pursuits, Zoe spends her personal time as a party performer with Firefly Entertainers, delighting children as various characters during parties and events. With her diverse range of experiences and unwavering dedication, Zoe is poised for success as she continues to shine in the performing arts industry.

Ellen Bailey
Ellen Bailey
Joshua Eagle

Joshua Eagle

Eadie's Mentor

Meet Joshua Eagle, a notable figure in the world of tennis. Hailing from Australia, Joshua has had a successful career as a professional male tennis player and has transitioned into an accomplished tennis coach. In January 2013, he was appointed as the Australian Davis Cup coach, a testament to his expertise and contribution to the sport. Joshua’s coaching prowess was recognized in 2012 when he received Tennis Australia’s elite coaching excellence award for his role in helping Australian player Marinko Matosevic break into the top 50 rankings from a position outside the top 200. While Joshua is renowned as a doubles specialist, he has also made his mark in mixed doubles, reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2000. With five ATP doubles titles to his name, Joshua Eagle’s influence and achievements in the world of tennis have left an indelible mark.

Elton Flatley

Elton Flatley

Niheta's Mentor

Elton Flatley is a revered name in Australian rugby, known for his remarkable skills and contributions to the sport. As the vice captain of the Wallabies, Flatley displayed exceptional composure and precision during critical moments, such as landing angled penalty goals in the intense Rugby World Cup final in 2003. His ability to perform under pressure became the defining moment in his distinguished career, spanning over ten seasons. With a record of 39 test matches for his country and 112 matches for the Reds at the Super 12/14 level, Flatley’s impact on the game is undeniable. Notably, he holds various intriguing records, including the fastest try in Rugby World Cup history, achieved just 18 seconds into a match against Romania. Elton Flatley’s legacy as a skilled and composed rugby player remains an inspiration for both fans and aspiring athletes.

Gerrard Gosens

Gerrard Gosens

Joshua'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.

Hayden Spencer

Hayden Spencer

Jacob's Mentor

Hayden Spencer is a versatile Australian artist, excelling in various creative roles including acting, writing, directing, teaching, and personal coaching. With a career spanning over two decades, Hayden has made a significant impact in the world of stage, television and film, showcasing his talent and passion since 1996. His contributions to the industry have garnered recognition and praise, establishing him as a respected figure in the Australian entertainment scene. Hayden’s artistic pursuits extend beyond acting, as he utilizes his skills and experiences to inspire and guide others through teaching and personal coaching. With his extensive repertoire and dedication to his craft, Hayden Spencer continues to make waves in the dynamic realm of performing arts.

Ellen Bailey

Ellen Bailey

Zoe's Mentor

Ellen is a highly acclaimed artist who has garnered recognition for her exceptional talents in acting, physical performance, puppeteering, and movement coordination/consultation. With a diverse portfolio spanning theatre, film, television, large-scale productions, and site-specific performances, Ellen’s contributions to the performing arts have captivated audiences. Additionally, she shares her expertise by facilitating workshops for fellow artists, teachers, and young individuals nationwide, nurturing creativity and fostering growth. Ellen’s multifaceted skills and commitment to her craft have established her as a respected figure in the industry, leaving an indelible mark on the world of performing arts.