The annual Kangaroo Hoppet in Falls Creek
AGL Energy Scholarships being presented by Simon Kelley, AGL Manager – Renewables, at the 2017 Kangaroo Hoppet.
AGL is a major sponsor of the Kangaroo Hoppet – the largest international snow sports event in the southern hemisphere.
The event attracted more than 1,000 skiers from 22 nations to Falls Creek this year, including a number of Olympians and Paralympians.
One of the event highlights for Australian junior and U23 skiers was the six AGL Energy Scholarships valued at $500 each. These are awarded to the first U18 and U14 skier in the 7km Joey Hoppet, first U23 skier in the 21km race, and a further two $500 awards to the first two Australians in the 42km main event.
“AGL is thrilled to be involved in an event like the Kangaroo Hoppet and it was great to see such a high standard of competition from all over the world in Australia’s Falls Creek,” said Simon Kelley, AGL’s Renewables Manager, after presenting the scholarships.
“We are proud to sponsor the AGL Energy Scholarships which provide financial assistance to the development of the next generation of Australian cross country skiers.
“These types of sponsorships are one of many ways that AGL contributes to the communities in which we live and work across Australia.”
Falls Creek is the home of the Australian Cross Country Team, and Finn Marsland, National Team Program Manager, had this to say:
“These AGL awards are really special as they are awarded to athletes across a range of development levels, including World Cup skiers, our top juniors and U23 athletes aiming at Junior World Championships.
“They also help younger juniors who are taking their first steps on the path to representing Australia at competitions on the international stage.”
Athletes (from left to right) Zana Evans, Jayden Spring, Seve de Campo, Barbara Jezersek, Phil Bellingham, Darcie Morton, Fedele de Campo and Hannah Price.
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