Sporting talent shines in Arts and Social Sciences

18 Apr 2011

Six Arts and Social Sciences students have won prestigous Ben Lexcen Scholarships for 2011.

The Lexcen Sports Scholarships are awarded to UNSW students each year for outstanding sporting achievements on the national or international level and are the University’s most prestigious sporting scholarships.

Scholarship recipients studying single or combined degrees in Arts in Social Sciences are: Olivia White, Basketball/Netball – B Media (PR & Advertising); Selma Kajan, Athletics – B Media (Journalism and Communications); Kara Sutherland, Cricket - B Social Science (Criminology); Sianne Toemoe, Athletics – B Arts/Medicine; Corrie Eames, Water Polo (BA/BSc); Jessi Miley Dyer, Surfing (B.Media/BLaws).

The scholarships were presented by Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer at the annual UNSW Blues and Sports Awards dinner last month.

The lucrative Ben Lexcen Sports Scholarships provide $5,000 in financial support and a mentoring program to provide scholars flexibility in managing their study and sporting commitments.

UNSW offers 22 Ben Lexcen Sports Scholarships each year. Previous scholars include Olympian race walker, Jane Saville, Rugby League international, Craig Wing and six-time World Windsurfing Champion, Dr Melanie Webb. Current Ben Lexcen Scholars include Australian Water Polo captain Johnno Cotterill, Ski Cross World Cup winner Scott Kneller and ASP Women's World Tour surfer Jessi Miley-Dyer.

UNSW was the first Australian university to establish a program of sports scholarships in 1988 and now provides over $100,000 in support to talented student athletes, largely made possible through generous donations.

2011 Arts and Social Sciences Ben Lexcen Scholars:

Selma Kajan - Athletics
B Media (Journalism and Communication)

Although hampered by injury in 2010, Selma did manage to represent UNSW at the Australian University Games with a Gold in the 800m, one of her very few races of the season. Selma has many titles under her belt, including a bronze in the 4x400m at the Commonwealth Youth Games of 2008 as well as being the State Open 800m Champion, National Under 20 800m and 1500m Champion of 2009.

In 2009 she was ranked first in Australia in the 1500m and 800m (u20's) and 4th nationally in the open 800m event category. Selma is competing this season and finding form and hopes to qualify for the World University Games.

Olivia White - Basketball / Netball
B Media (PR and Advertising)

Olivia White is a talented athlete having represented NSW in both Netball and Basketball. This year she will be focussing on Basketball as she has recently been awarded a NSW Institute of Sport scholarship. In February this year, Olivia was part of the silver medal winning NSW state team in the national U20s Championships.

Olivia is a member of the Sutherland Sharks representative program and we look forward to Olivia also representing UNSW this year at the Eastern and Australian University Games.

Kara Sutherland – Cricket
B Social Science (Criminology)

Kara is a strong left arm medium-fast bowler and a left handed lower order batter. She is a member of the NSW Breakers Open Women’s squad, captained by former Lexcen Scholar, Alex Blackwell. Earlier this year the team won the Women’s National Cricket League for an unprecedented 6th year in succession.

As a reward for an outstanding season Kara has been selected in the Australian Shooting Stars U21 Female squad.

Corrie Eames – Water Polo
B Arts/Science

Corrie is an established member of the UNSW Wests Water Polo Club, which plays in the Australian National Water Polo League. The team finished third in the 2009-2010 season, their first as a newly merged entity.

Corrie has played for Australia at 20 and under level and was selected as part of the combined NSWIS/QAS team which played against the Japanese National team last year.

Sianne Toemoe - Athletics
B Arts / Medicine

Sianne Toemoe had her strongest athletics season to date placing 5th at the Australian National Championships in 2010 in the 800m event. She also won Gold in the 1500m at the Australian University Games for UNSW.

Jessica Miley-Dyer - Surfing
B Media/Law

A returning scholar in 2011, Jessi competes on the ASP World Surfing Tour. Jessi burst onto the ASP Women's World Tour in 2006, finishing 4th in the season overall. She won the Billabong Pro Maui and Billabong ASP World Junior Women's Championship in the same year and was named the "Rookie if the Year" by the ASP. More recently her 2010 results include 3rd at the Swatch Girls Pro Hossegor (knocked out World #2), 5th at the Billabong Girls in Portugal, 5th at the Layne Beachley Classic Sydney and with top 10 finishes at the Roxy Pro in the Gold Coast and 9th at the Ripcurl Pro Bells.

Despite missing much of the later part of the 2010 season with injury she will be competing in the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour, which features just 17 surfers, as a wildcard.

Click here for the full list of Ben Lexcen Scholars