Updated: Jun 30, 2022
UniSport Media Release
For release: Tuesday 28 June
As part of bp Australia’s ongoing partnership with UniSport Australia (UniSport) and the Indigenous Nationals, bp announced the two bp UniSport scholarships at the opening of the 26th Indigenous Nationals at Queensland Institute of Technology on Sunday 26 June.
The bp scholarships are awarded to two of the most promising Indigenous student-athletes to support their academic and athletic endeavours. This is the fourth year that these scholarships have been awarded.
Quincy Ross from The University of Newcastle (UON) and Rebeka Morrison of The University of Western Australia (UWA) were announced as winners of the $5000 bp scholarship
UniSport Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mark Sinderberry, is delighted with the recipients and the support they will receive to support their academic and athletic endeavours.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Quincy and Rebeka who are inspiring young leaders to their communities,” said Mark.
“UniSport continues to support the link between participation in sport and graduate employability and the bp scholarships offer another pathway to support Indigenous students in gaining a competitive edge in the workforce.”
bp Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Sonia Harvey indicates that “bp is honoured to once again provide two scholarships to the most promising Indigenous student athletes. Congratulations to Quincy and Rebeka – we wish you all the best and look forward to your future academic and sporting achievements, and most importantly what you will achieve through your passion for giving back to community. We are proud to support the Indigenous Nationals for the fourth year in a row. It has been great to see universities across Australia come together to compete and to celebrate our strong and beautiful culture.”
Ross, a Wiradjuri man from Dubbo, New South Wales is studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) with ambitions to securing employment in rural/remote communities in the central west of NSW.
His goal is to give back to his home community of Dubbo. Quincy’s goal is to inspire and encourage “young adults to beak the negatives cycles associated with Indigenous people in rural communities through education and sports” Ross said.
Rebeka Morrison is a proud Bibbulman Nyoongar woman from Perth, Western Australia studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Anthropology, Sociology, and Indigenous Knowledge. Rebeka is co-chair of the Western Australian Student Aboriginal Corporation, organising the sport and social events for UWA’s Indigenous student community.
Rebeka’s goal is to inspire her community to incorporate sport as part of their daily life for health and wellbeing. She also aspires to travel the world to learn from different indigenous tribes and bring her insights back to Australia.
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About Indigenous Nationals
National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) began in 1996 as a joint class project between 13 students enrolled in a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies (Community Recreation) at the then Wollotuka School for Aboriginal Studies, The University of Newcastle.
Now referred to as Indigenous Nationals, the event is a week-long multisport competition for indigenous student-athletes. The annual event aims to bring together student-athletes from universities across Australia to compete in a variety of sports and crown one university team the champion of the games. Indigenous Nationals is an amazing environment to not only celebrate the rich sporting culture of indigenous Australia but to also acknowledge the heritage and history of the participating student-athletes.
UniSport Australia (UniSport) is the peak body for university sport in Australia. 43 universities are members of UniSport, representing a population of over one million students. UniSport’s ambition is to become an integral partner to Australian universities and to deliver an outstanding student experience at our national intervarsity competitions.
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