OPOTIKI'S Tynealle Fitzgerald is a recipient of a BayTrust scholarship. Photo Amanda Thompson

EASTERN Bay sportspeople are among the recipients for the final round of the BayTrust scholarships.

Whakatane athletics official Brenda Davis, rowing coach Natysha Hubbard and Opotiki rugby player Tynealle Fitzgerald were three of 46 sportspeople, from a variety of different codes, that received an athlete, coach or officials BayTrust scholarship in the final round for the year. Davis was one of two individuals to receive an official’s scholarship.

Fitzgerald played for the Bay of Plenty Volcanix in the Farah Palmer Cup this season and was a member of the New Zealand under-18 sevens team who won the Oceania Sevens Tournament and the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games.

The BayTrust Scholarships are funded from contributions to Sport Bay of Plenty’s CoachForce programme. The aim is to support and assist Bay of Plenty sporting talent to achieve on the international stage and allows coaches and officials to develop new skills that can benefit the sporting community.

Of the 51 applications received, 20 athletes, 24 coaches and two officials were selected for scholarships. Sport Bay of Plenty’s youth sport systems adviser Belinda Muller said the team was very pleased with the number and standard of applications.

“There’s a great deal of talent across the Bay of Plenty, and the calibre of scholarship applications for this final round was impressive. It’s always great to see these individuals grow and explore new opportunities as a result of the support from the BayTrust scholarships.”

Athlete scholarship applications are open to any young athlete residing permanently in the Bay of Plenty aged 16-23 years who has achieved national representation at their sport.

The aim of the scholarship is to help the athletes compete internationally.

The coach and officials’ scholarships are for coaches and officials residing in the Bay of Plenty that are currently coaching and officiating at a recognised and endorsed level.