Six Australian School of Business (ASB) students have each been awarded UNSW's most prestigious sporting scholarship this year. Their recognition follows some remarkable feats achieved by the students in their respective sports.
The Ben Lexcen Scholarship Program awarded to 22 students each year, is named after one of Australia's most heralded athletes, Ben Lexcen. Lexcen is widely remembered for his famous winged-keel design that helped orchestrate Australia II's memorable victory in The 1983 America's Cup.
The scholarship assists athletes in maintaining a balance between their sporting commitments, travel and study. In addition to receiving $4,000 to assist in course costs, the students are allowed greater flexibility in completing their studies due to the demands of their sporting careers.
Bachelor of Commerce student Johnno Cotterill is a water polo player who will be representing Australia at the 2012 London Olympic Games. His achievements include the UNSW Male Athlete of the Year (2007, 2009) and New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Academic Excellence Awards (2008, 2010).
Sarah Grunberger is also a water polo player studying economics. Her accomplishments include recently playing for an American college team and The UNSW Killer Whales National League team.
Currently studying a double degree in commerce and law, Rachel Hardy is a heptathlete who won the Australian National under 18 Heptathlon championships consecutively in 2009 and 2010 as well as the NSW under 21 Heptathlon championship.
Bachelor of Commerce student Lisa Darmanin is a sailor who was awarded The UNSW Female Athlete of the year in 2011. Lisa's sailing achievements include winning the Sail Sydney Regatta and being a member of the Australian Sailing Youth Development Squad.
Skier and commerce student Rohan Chapman-Davies is a member of the Australian National Freestyle Moguls team. Rohan spent the last ski season on the North American Continental Cup Circuit and aims to attend the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Bachelor of Commerce student Hayden O'Kelly is a footballer who represents UNSW's division one state football team. He was previously a member of the under 20 Australian Capital Territory (ACT) state football team and the under 19 ACT futsal team.