Clow Trust rewards young sports talent

He might be five years away from being able to ride on the road but 11-year-old Zak Hetherington has no trouble handling the demands of motocross.

The Coastal Taranaki year 6 student has been picking up motocross titles across the North Island since taking up the sport three years ago.

"He won the Woodville GP, which is a New Zealand title, not long ago," mum Janine said.

"He's won the Wellington champs a couple of months ago, he won the Manawatu 85cc champs in two classes a month ago, he's won a lot."

Zak, of Rahotu, was one of 19 recipients who were awarded a share of $5000 from the annual Cameron Clow Trust awards this week.

The trust was set up last year in memory of Clow, a multisport competitor who was killed in Bahrain in 2009, to continue the New Plymouth man's passion for involving children in sports by providing financial assistance.

The recipients gathered at his parents Gail and Warren Clow's house this week.

Kate Morgan, Clow's fiancee at the time of his death, said the trust had received more than 50 applications last year for funding.

The trustees – Steve McKean, David Sleep, David Lean, Trevor Watts and Morgan – then had to narrow the applicants down to the final 19 recipients.

Fundraising for the trust has come from a variety of events, including sports auctions and golf tournaments.

The 2011 recipients were: Isaac Robinson (rugby, league), Matt Baxter (athletics), Amin Osama (triathlon), Ryan Dingle (triathlon), Tai Juneau (skiing), Jayden Davy (BMX), Keeley O'Keeffe (netball, swimming, surf lifesaving), Kyle van der Merwe (athletics), Adam Beavis (surf lifesaving), Emily Roughan (athletics, cross country), Ashleigh Hoeta (gymnastics), Greer Patterson (netball, basketball), Zac Reid (swimming, surf lifesaving, cross country), Zak Hetherington (motocross), Brooke Fevre (BMX), Max Anderson (basketball), Nikita Kolose-Webby (athletics, netball), Daryl Read (lawn bowls), Theresa Hunt (basketball).

Taranaki Daily News