THE year for Sale’s Bohdi Walker has only become better.
After representing Victoria at the AFL under 16 championships and securing a place in the AFL-Australian Institute of Sport Academy, Walker was among the 11 inaugural recipients of Jim Stynes Scholarships last week.
Walker’s skills with the bat and ball were also recognised as he was nominated for an indigenous development squad set to travel to India next month.
The recipients of the Stynes Scholarships were announced during the Brownlow Medal ceremony.
The Federal Government will provide $3 million as part of a partnership with the AFL, which will annually contribute $150,000 for the next five years, to establish the scholarship fund to help disadvantaged children chase their dreams and honour the legacy of Jim Stynes, the Ireland-born 1991 Brownlow Medallist who died this year from cancer.
The first 11 winners were chosen to honour Stynes’ guernsey number and represent the brightest young football talent from around Australia.
Stynes’ indomitable spirit refused to accept that disadvantage should stand in the way of opportunities for young people, and these young scholarship winners will help to carry on his legacy.
The winners were selected by a panel comprising the AFL, the Reach Foundation and Jim’s wife Sam. The 11 recipients will receive funding towards football, travel and education expenses so they can continue to develop their talents, gain confidence and realise their potential.
Each year the program will offer up to 37 scholarships of up to $20,000.
The scholarships recognise Jim Stynes’ contribution as an outstanding footballer, administrator, philanthropist, charity worker and writer.