The Community Housing Ltd (CHL) Tasmanian Scholarship program was created in 2015 to target young people between the ages of 12-18 in the Mayfield, Mowbray, Ravenswood, Rocherlea and Waverley communities in which CHL manages 1,160 public housing under the State Government’s Better Housing Futures program.
Daria Bannister resides in the suburb of Rocherlea. She plays football in the local women’s league and has been selected in the AIS under 18 development squad and also identified as a potential AFL women’s league player. In October 2016, Daria was awarded one of our scholarships for sport and education worth $3,500.
We caught up with Daria to see how she was going and how the scholarship was assisting her.
CHL: How has the scholarship impacted your sport and what have you purchased so far?
Daria: The scholarship has enabled me to train so I can reach my peak performance. I have purchased items such as a new phone and garmin sports watch which can track my progress, set goals and enable me to keep in touch with my mentors on the mainland. I have also purchased some fitness gear such as skins and runners which have helped me enormously.
CHL: What are your goals for 2017?
Daria: My goal is to improve as much as I can and run out a full game of football at high intensity. My end goal is to get drafted to the AFLW competition at the end of the year.
CHL: What subjects are you studying this year?
Daria: The subjects I am studying include Food and Nutrition 3 and Fitness and Outdoor Leadership Cert 3. These are the areas/subjects I am passionate about and I hope one day to work in the fitness industry.
CHL: What would you say to anyone thinking about applying for the CHL scholarship program?
Daria: The support is great, the organisation has been really easy to work with and it has been a very smooth process. Community Housing Limited has made me feel like they really care and are genuinely interested in what I am trying to achieve.
CHL flagship Scholarship Program has received a huge response from the community with double the number of applications received in its second year.
Launceston born sporting legends former Australian Test captain Ricky Ponting and Champion Boxer Daniel Geale presented 3 scholarships to successful recipients from the northern suburbs of Launceston as part of the Scholarship Program in the areas of education, sports and performing arts.
Owing to the success of the first year the Scholarship Program has received tremendous response from the government and the community alike with the Premier Hon Will Hodgman providing $3,000 to the program out of his discretionary funding.
Local community and businesses have extended their generous support to the program with Begents founded by the late Max Buchanan donating $5,000 towards the cause.
Click here to read a story in The Examiner on the CHL Scholarship Program.