Ian Niblett Scholarship Fund

The Ian Niblett Scholarship Fund has been established to support an aspiring junior athlete or coach assisting junior development.


The successful applicant will use the scholarship to assist with their ongoing development and leadership skills in their chosen sporting field.


The Ian Niblett Scholarship Fund is open to athletes or coaches from any sport.


The 2020 Ian Niblett Scholarship will be presented at the Sports Star of the Year Awards on Friday February 14, 2020.


Applications close Friday January 31, 2020 and can be made using the attached Sports Foundation Application Form.


All applications should be returned to David Berry, Executive Officer, Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly; eo@wrsa.org.au or returned to the Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly office, 17 McLachlan Street, Horsham.


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1.1 Only Wimmera residents/students will be eligible for support from the Ian Niblett Scholarship Fund.

1.2 The Wimmera catchment is includes Horsham Rural City, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack Shires.

1.3 The term sport covers all those activities defined and recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria.

1.4 Applicants must be able to show that they have the potential and the dedication to reach a high level of achievement.

1.5 There should be a realistic probability that the support provided will lead to significant chance of success.

1.6 Applications will be taken all year round in each calendar year as decided upon by the Scholarship Committee with one $500 scholarship awarded on Sports Star night in February each year.

1.7 There is no limit to the scope of an application although the Scholarship Committee may see fit to grant only part of an application.

1.8 Support will be allocated by decision of the Scholarship Committee on an application submitted on behalf of a sportsperson.

1.9 Applications for support for one person are restricted to no more than one per calendar year.

1.10 A successful application provides funds for one program only there is no guarantee of funding for future programs. Additional funding would be the subject of further application.

1.11 Each application will be considered on its merits by the Scholarship Committee.

N.B.  Athletes must be at least 12 years of age to be eligible to apply and must attend a school in the catchment. Coaches can be any age but must be a resident of the catchment, member of a club/association in the catchment and active.



The determination of grants will not be solely based on the athlete’s/coach’s performance in the previous year. Applications will be assessed by the Scholarship Committee against the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • the athlete’s coach/coach and sporting organisations/club’s assessment of the athlete’s/coach’s potential and commitment to maintain or improve rankings and performance levels;
  • the athlete’s/coach’s projected costs associated with their training and competitive program for the following year;
  • the athlete’s/coach’s potential for improvement in their sport;
  • the amount of financial assistance received from other sources plus
  • the athlete’s/coach’s performance results achieved in previous years.

N.B.  The Scholarship Committee will take into consideration applications which meet the above criteria and any financial disadvantages that may limit the athlete’s/coach’s ability to realise their full potential.