Business Students Scoop the Pool

Thursday, 2 June 2011  Features

Australian School of Business Students Lisa Darmanin, Gabrielle King, Johnno Cotterill and Sarah Grunberger have each been awarded a UNSW Ben Lexcen Scholarship for 2011. These are the pinnacle of the sporting scholarships available at UNSW, given to students with outstanding sporting achievement, at national or international level.

The Ben Lexcen scholarships assist athletes in maintaining a balance between their sporting commitments, travel and study. Support provided through flexible study and financial assistance, encourage scholars to manage their time efficiently and allow for simultaneous success in their academic and sporting careers.

Lisa Darmanin is a Bachelor of ​Commerce student and sailor who secured her scholarship after an outstanding year of competition in 2010 which saw her win a number of major World youth and senior European titles. She has also been named as the UNSW Female Athlete of the Year for 2010.

Bachelor of Commerce/Science student Gabrielle King is a returning Sailing scholar. Her achievements include titles at Regional, State, National and Junior International levels, particularly twice as Laser Radial ISAF Youth World Champion. She plans to spend 201​1 focusing on domestic and international competition with her sights set for London in 2012.

Bachelor of Commerce student Johnno Cotterill is an established member of the Australian men’s water polo team. He won the 2010 Academic Excellence Award from the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS). He has played over 80 international games but describes his gold medal, won as part of the Australian student team at the 2009 World Student Games, as his most memorable sporting achievement.

Sarah Grunberger, also a passionate Australian water polo player was selected to tour Europe with the Australian Junior team in September 2010. She returned from Europe to Perth to help UNSW win silver at the Australian University Games. Sarah was also selected for the Green and Gold Australian University’s team, is part of the NSWIS Women’s Water Polo program and is currently on a US University Water Polo Scholarship. She will return to UNSW for second semester, continuing her studies in economics.

Previous Ben Lexcen scholars have included Olympian’s Jane Saville, Australian Rugby League International Craig Wing and World Windsurf Champion Dr Melanie Webb.

In 1988 UNSW was the first Australian university to start a sport scholarship program and now gives out $100,000 in sports scholarships every year. UNSW also offers athletes flexible study support through its Elite Athlete Program that many of the scholars participate in.