In November 2016, the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) committed to helping young Canterbury sportspeople, by providing four scholarships of $2,000 each, in partnership with the Canterbury Sports Foundation.

The scholarships were awarded on Friday 3 March this year at the Sport Canterbury Awards dinner, and were awarded to Caitlin Bonne - Athletics, Kate Smith - Cycling, Veronica Wall - Rowing and Jack lopas - Rowing, to help these young athletes with additional coaching, competition and attainment of higher standards.

We’re pleased to report on the success so far of two of the awardees, Veronica Wall (17) and Jack Iopas (18), both champion rowers. They’ve just wrapped up at the second World Championships for both, where Veronica competed at the Junior World Championships, and Jack competed at the Under 23 World Championships in Bulgaria, where he was part of the gold medal winning New Zealand Quadruple Sculls team, ahead of Russia in second and Italy in third.

“The NZRB scholarships are invaluable in getting young athletes over the cusp in World competition,” commented Canterbury Sports Foundation spokesman John Wylie.

“We’re extremely proud to be helping these young people reach their ambitious goals,” commented NZRB General Manager Customer Gary Woodham. “It’s important that we help young kiwis in both sports and racing, to find the next Evers-Swindell or Drysdale on the water, which Veronica or Jack could be. We’re very happy to be providing the resources for them to compete against the world’s best.”

NZRB is also a significant supporter of sports in New Zealand – in 2015/16 NZRB provided $8.0 million in commission payments to National Sporting Organisations, and paid out $3.0 million in Gaming grants to grassroots community sporting organisations.

Above: Sydney Johnson (Cambridge) and Veronica Wall (Ashburton)












Above: Jack Lopas (Canterbury RC), Jordan Parry (Tauranga RC), Ollie Maclean (North Shore RC) and Jack O Leary (Picton RC) - New Zealand U23 Mens Quad Scull