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Ballarat Renault Driving Local Athletes Forward

Ballarat Renault & Carworks is driving FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport athletes forward to ensure that they become the best version of themselves as athletes and as young people.

The Ballarat based dealership has joined forces with the Academy’s sport program to support high performing athletes as they strive to achieve sporting success on the international stage.

Both organisations are delighted to announce that the following athletes have recently been awarded with a Ballarat Renault & Carworks scholarship, as a result of international and national performances throughout the past 12 months:
Ben De Bortoli (Karate – Bacchus Marsh Grammar); Graeme Frislie (Cycling – Bacchus Marsh Grammar); Ronan Keleher (Taekwondo – Bacchus Marsh Grammar); Jesse Norton (Cycling – Ballarat College); Elizabeth Nuspan (Cycling – Bacchus Marsh Grammar); Alanna Peart (Race Walking – Ballarat High); Jemma Peart (Race Walking – Ballarat High); Sam Rizzo (Para Athletics – Formerly Damascus College); Brad Saunders (Skateboarding – Beaufort Secondary College); and Harry Sharp (Athletics – St. Patrick’s College).

FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport Executive Officer Corey Saitta said the decision for WestVic to expand its relationship with Ballarat Renault was an easy one for the Academy.

“Ballarat Renault is a highly successful values-driven organisation that is determined to be the best and has been a fantastic partner for the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport in our efforts to grow our brand and ultimately deliver better support services to the athletes.”

One of the scholarship recipients, Bacchus Marsh Grammar student, Graeme Frislie, was crowned Men’s U19 Champion of Champion’s at the Australian Track Cycling National Championship at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane in April.

Frislie, a current Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) scholarship holder, won two Individual Gold medals in the 1km Time Trial and Scratch Race and a further two Team Gold medals by claiming the Team Pursuit and the Madison. Frislie had already won the Gold medal in the Omnium National Championship in October last year.

Off the back of such outstanding performances at the National Championships, Frislie, 18, earned selection on the Australian team which will compete at the 2019 UCI U19 World Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Germany from 14 – 18 August.

“We are thrilled for Graeme and his family,” Saitta siad.
“Graeme is a committed, disciplined and skilful athlete. Despite his recent outstanding results he remains humble and unassuming and determined to continue to improve and produce strong performances at the World Championships.”