Our Cadets

We proudly introduce our current cadets. These young people come from a wide variety of sports and the arts. We provide them with Grants that allow them to achieve their ambitions. We hope that by doing so we are contributing to future National, International and maybe even one or two Olympic competitors.

Our cadets are all extraordinary individuals with encouraging and supportive families, schools and of course coaches. We just make it easier for them by providing them with funds that help them pay for equipment, accomodation and travel expenses.

The cadets each submit a grant application annually and our board decides the level of monies allocated dependant on pre determined criteria. The grants are allocated just once a year and there are strict conditions and terms. You can be sure your contribution is looked after and given to worthy and qualifying cadets only.  

Tommi Wesley

Tommi is one of our cadets and is a golfer with a handicap of 5. He ranked top 5 in the order of merit in the Stuart Appleby regional series. He has the Colts Pennant Grand Final under his belt in 2017 and he was the winner of B Grade Matchplay at Sanctuary Lakes. Tommi recently competed in the Victorian Junior Boys and Girls championships. His goal for the year ahead is to achieve a handicap of 4 or lower. A capable and exciting golfer who has huge potential for the future, Tommi is one well worth watching out for!

Caitlin Huell

Caitlin is 15 years old and is a student at Maribyrnong Sport Academy and trains at the Wyndham City Sharks Swimming Club. She also participates in Pilates classes to develop her core strength. Caitlin will be travelling to the Institute of Sport in Canberra 3-5th November to compete in the Telopea Long Course qualifying Swim meet. She has also been selected in the School Sport Victoria Swimming team. Caitlin aspires to do well in the upcoming Victorian Open Water Swim Series races. These are being held around the bay and surf beaches around Victoria for the 2017- 2018 series. A real competitor with massive aspirations for the future.

Alec Katsourakis

Alec Katsourakis

Alec is a young, innovative, ambitious and hard-working contemporary dancer. He is originally from Williamstown and is now in his final year of full time training at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. Alec is currently choreographing a new dance work that will be apart of the New Zealand School of Dance Choreographic Season in which the third year students display their choreographic works in collaboration with the 2nd year students. Throughout his final year Alec will be trying to go on as many secondments (work placement) with professional contemporary dance companies and professional contemporary choreographers. He will be spending time later in the year with New Zealand Dance Company, which is New Zealand’s national contemporary dance company. Alec wishes to work with professional companies and choreographers as well as develop his own work for the stage and for the screen (in the form of dancefilm).

Connar Otterbach

Connar made the U18 indoor state team 3 years under age. That makes him the youngest member of the team. It gives him a ranking of the best in Victoria for indoor hockey for his age. He has been selected in the U18 outdoor state squad which is the top 20 players in the state for U18. An accomplished Hockey Player, Connar has recently come back from U16 SSV national championships in Adelaide. He achieved a position of fourth. The team had a great tournament overall but with some unlucky outcomes pushed the team into 4th position, with draws to NSW and QLD with them scoring late last minutes goals to draw the game. Connar promises a bright and exciting career and we will be watching him with interest.

Damian Grimsditch

Damian Grimsditch is 15 year old with a passion and a real skill for soccer. He has been playing for 10 years. He began playing at Point Cook Soccer Club when he was just 5. The club had just started back then and trained in the gym at Carranballac School. The facilities at Saltwater Reserve have come a long way since then. When he was 12 he trialled and was selected to play for Werribee City. The following year he made the State team. He plays Central midfield. He has been invited to train with Melbourne Victory, in addition to his existing commitment, for approximately 3 months. They are entering an U20’s squad into the NPL next year. His greatest achievement this year came when he received a phone call from the trainers for the National squad. They wanted to register Damian for the National Joey’s team.

Kiandra Hughes

Kiandra is a keen and enthusiastic golfer with a handicap of 11.0. She plays most weekends and is building her core strength and arms by lots of visits to the gym.
Kiandra has played in several major tournaments including the Victorian Boys & Girls Championships.  She has recently started working with a new coach, Michael Sund. Kiandra is excited to be working with him. They are currently working on her backswing. They are creating more power so she will be more able to get extra meterage on her shots. A real talent and one we will be watching closely!

Cooper Burns

Cooper plays hockey and has since he was 5. He has been a part of Altona Hockey Club his whole life and has represented his region and state. He represented Western Metro Wildcats for 5 years at State level. Cooper captained 2 teams in 2015 and 2017 and won best and fairest both years. In 2013, he was awarded the School Sport Victoria Academic and Sporting Achievement Award. He has been accepted into Maribyrnong Sports Academy. He is a member of Hockey Victoria’s Academy which is elite training sessions coached by Australian / Victorian coaches. He made his first state team in 2013, for the School Sport Victoria U12 team. Cooper then went on to make several indoor/outdoor teams as a striker/attacking midfielder. He played Premier league Reserves for my club Altona, Premier League Reserves is the 2nd highest seniors competition in Victoria. His dedication to hockey is quite extraordinary.

Jamieson Battistella

I’m a 17 year old heptathlete who currently attends Maribyrnong college. I have been very privileged and honoured to have achieved so much in athletics and am working hard to achieve more. In 2016 I had my first taste of international competition, representing Maribyrnong College and Australia at the Simplot Games in America. This is the premier indoor track and field competition for high school athletes. I competed in high jump and finished 5th out of close to 50 other female athletes. In 2017 I was again picked for high jump and came 6th. In 2018 I managed to grab a bronze medal in high jump and nearly equal my PB, after being picked on my third Maribyrnong team to travel to America to compete at the games. The main highlight of my athletics journey so far was being picked to represent Australia at the Oceania Championships in Suva, Fiji in 2017, giving me the opportunity to wear the green and gold. I have been lucky enough to claim two national medals placing 3rd in the U18 Women’s heptathlon in 2017 and 2nd in the U20 Women’s heptathlon in 2018. This, with numerous state medals and national team selections has made my journey so far unbelievable. I’m still working hard to reach the next big thing which will hopefully be either Oceania Championships or the World University games. While this is in the making I hope to still perform well at nationals and states with top 5 or better finishes in both competitions for the heptathlon and some individual events. Although athletics is a huge part of my life, I also work hard in my studies hoping to go on to university next year to study a bachelor degree while still competing at the highest level of athletics that I can.

Victoria Growden

A 16 year old at the Mac.Robertson Girls' High School Victoria began playing tennis at local clubs when she was 8. As she began to develop as a player, She played more competitive tennis across Victoria. She competed in Tennis Australia tournaments as well as weekly competitions. She has competed in tournaments organised by Tennis Australia and schools. Tennis has encouraged Victoria to maintain a healthy balance of work and physical activity. She has been part of and captained many winning Western Region Tennis Association (WRTA) weekly competition teams in some of the top divisions. She qualified for the Mac.Robertson Girls' High School 'Adelaide Exchange' tennis team and travelled to Adelaide to compete against other selected players. She trains for 2 hours every Wednesday at Melbourne Park with a mixed squad. On Fridays I train for 1-2 hours with her weekly competition team and during the rest of the week she works on her overall fitness. We look forward to watching Victoria grow and develop as a player.

Louis Schofield

Having spent most of my childhood sailing on the waters of Port Phillip, I have come to realise that sailing is an integral part of my life and I have a burning passion to explore its possibilities. In 2016 the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, developed a pathway for youth sailors to professional multihull sailing. This programme was developed to take the top youth sailors and give them the skills to compete at an international level. Since completing this program, I was selected to compete in the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Series. This global competition provides talented young sailors the opportunity to advance their careers through elite hydrofoil racing and is considered the pathway to selection in the America's Cup. I am currently based in Auckland, as part of a Youth Training Programme, which has produced over 500 sailors competing at the very highest level of our sport including America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, World Match Racing events, Sydney-Hobart, National Championships, Extreme Sailing Series - and many more.

Nathan Pellissier

Striving to reach his ultimate goal of representing Australia at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, it has been a long road back for Nathan who had two years out with injury after the 2014 World Championships in China. Nathan, who has cerebral palsy, underwent a full hip reconstruction followed by bone grafting before he returned to competition early in 2017. He recently won three major international titles including the Oceania Regional Championships in Fiji, Taiwan Para Open and Korean Para Open and competed in Canberra. He successfully defended his National Title in the Class 8 Men’s singles and Under 23 singles. Nathan is a business student at RMIT University has been inducted into the Table Tennis Victoria Para Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport. He lived and trained in Europe as he prepared for his second World Para Championships in Slovenia in October 2018. As part of his preparation, he played lead-up tournaments in Spain, the US, Czech Republic and Thailand. He was accepted to train with the Hungarian Para National Team and with members of the German Junior National Team. We watch with interest the achievements of this talented and determined young man.