HELPING YOUNG ACHIEVERS

A group of Marlborough people have banded together to help young people from the province chase their sporting or cultural goals.

PART OF THE TEAM Norm Wilson is one of the team behind this wonderful organisation helping young people in Marlborough chase their dreams

Inspire Foundation Marlborough was established in 2017 with a view to helping young people achieve in the areas of sport and music in particular. Under the chairmanship of Mark Davis, the 13-strong group has raised thousands of dollars from the outstanding business and community support they have received.

At present there are 24 corporate sponsors and 43 family sponsors and since the organisation formed they have handed out 75 grants.

INSPIRATIONAL Pictured during last years awards ceremony are from left, champion cyclist and former rower Craig Harper, Inspire Foundation Marlborough chairman Mark Davis, Olympic rowing champion Emma Twigg, Olympic rowing champion and two times Americas cup winning crewman Joseph Sullivan and former New Zealand rowing rep Mike Rodger

Grants are awarded at ceremonies in Blenheim twice yearly and at each ceremony they have guest speakers and each person receiving a grant gets up and speaks as well.

The two ambassadors are Olympic Gold medallist and two-time America’s Cup winning crewman Joseph Sullivan and champion cyclist and former rowing ace Craig Harper. They assist with fund-raising and mentoring those getting the grants, awarded after an application process which is carefully assessed.

LEGENDS INSPIRING YOUTH Champion cycling Craig Harper during his epic race across America ride getting assistance from his support crew which included Norm Wilson, left.

I caught up with my old Marlborough Boys College class mate Norm Wilson last week, speaking about how the Inspire Marlborough Foundation works and what its goals are.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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