Kirri-Lee Cutmore’s dreams of pursuing a career in the AFL have been given a huge boost with a scholarship from Youth Off The Streets.
Each year, the National Scholarship Program celebrates the talents and strengths of Australians aged 16-21 who show extraordinary promise but who lack the support and resources to fulfil their potential.
The Year 11 student from Kempsey Girls Academy was one of 20 youth from around the country awarded the 2020 scholarship, which provides $6000 towards educational or training goals over two years, staff assistance with budgeting, counselling and other services, as well as matching recipients with an appropriate mentor. We’ll let Kirri-Lee explain what this kind of support means to her.
“Kempsey is a beautiful area but unfortunately is in the top 10 lowest socio-economic areas of NSW, so finding opportunities in our area to succeed can be difficult,” she said.
“Being one of the successful applicants for this scholarship will be life-changing for myself. This scholarship will allow me to pay for all my own sports fees, equipment and educational resources, meaning that I wouldn’t miss out, and will be able to attend all events and chances to progress into a professional career.
“Once I graduate school my goal is to pursue a professional career in AFL and my backup plan is to be a personal trainer.”
Kempsey Girls Academy program manager Misty Kelly said staff were very proud of Kirri-Lee’s achievement, which was a reflection of her hard work.
“Kirri-Lee is a natural born athlete with a great attitude on and off the field. Kirri-Lee shows commendable sportsmanship and determination in any sport she participates in. This scholarship with benefit her immensely in her sporting career and future goals.”
Congratulations Kirri-Lee — what an incredible achievement. We hope to see you kicking goals in the AFL in the not-too-distant future.