This scholarship was established in 2006 from an idea to best utilise the skills of world recognised NZ Neuroscientist Dr Kerry Spackman. In the years since, recipients have received assistance from some of New Zealand’s leading sports psychologists and other sports professionals all aimed at developing higher skill levels in our elite competitors.
Earl Bamber, Wanganui;
Mark Tapper, Auckland;
Hayden Paddon, Geraldine.
Jonathan Lester, Taupo;
Jason Richards, Melbourne;
Jonny Reid, Auckland.
John McIntyre, Nelson;
Sam MacNeill, Palmerston North;
Jonny Reid, Auckland;
Kayne Scott, Hamilton.
Fabian Coulthard, Auckland;
Daniel Gaunt, Auckland;
Shane Van Gisbergen, Auckland.
Given the introduction of the President’s High Performance Scholarship in 2010 this programme has been withdrawn.
Announced in 2000 this scholarship was established with the aims of providing a package to one of the sport’s young motor racing achievers that would give both an insight into offshore professional motorsport organisations and broaden horizons.
Nelson Hartley, Palmerston North
Chris Pither, Palmerston North
Fabian Coulthard, Auckland
James Cressey, Auckland
Note: No further awards made since 2004, due to the change in emphasis with the establishment of the Elite Academy and President’s Scholarship.
Established in 2003 this scholarship was directed at providing either work experience with a race team offshore or an advanced technical education training assistance package to a race technician who was already exhibiting initiative and skills in the New Zealand motor racing fraternity.
Adam Wigg, Auckland
Sheldon Currington, Wellington.
Note: No further awards made since 2004 due to the change in emphasis towards the establishment of a Motorsport Technician’s Apprenticeship Programme.
Late in 2004 the Trust commenced discussions with MITO (Motor Industry Training Organisation) to facilitate the introduction of a full range of unit standards that would ultimately create a new apprenticeship programme specifically to recognise the wide range of skills needed by those race and rally team personnel striving for excellence in vehicle build and preparation.
The process of developing appropriate unit standards was left to a subcommittee appointed jointly by MITO and the Trust.
In 2007 the unit standards were completed by MITO and passed over to NZQA for ratification.
Since that time work continued in preparing the wide diversity of lesson plans, however, in the time since commencing the discussions to the establishment of the NZQA standards the automotive industry and particularly the motorsport focused workshops have altered to the point that makes a stand alone qualification difficult to introduce as it currently would not be economically viable. Therefore the project has been put on hold.