Olympic dream gets boost

by Kent Caddick

Rakaia youngster Tayla Davidson has received a boost to pursue her goal of representing New Zealand in the sport of karate at the Olympics.

The 11 year old is one of the recipients of a $10,000 AMP Scholarship aimed at helping young New Zealanders achieve their dreams.

Tayla said she wants to compete in karate at an elite level, and ultimately on the New Zealand karate team at the 2024 Olympics.

AMP managing director Blair Vernon said the talent, dedication and courage of the 2017 AMP Scholarship applicants meant it was extremely rewarding as well as particularly challenging to choose this year’s talented recipients.

“This year AMP will provide up to $200,000 to help inspirational and gifted New Zealanders of all ages and from all walks of life who have the courage to chase their dreams.

“Whether it’s a desire to start a new business, launch a community-focussed project or to represent New Zealand at the Olympics, we can help turn their dream into reality.”

Mr Vernon said since 1998 AMP has given more than $2 million towards helping over 200 everyday Kiwis realise their dreams and to contribute in meaningful and profound ways to their communities.

“We will continue to help foster greatness in our gifted dreamers and we look forward to helping talented Kiwis like Tayla go on to achieve great things.”