Victoria Police Amateur Athlete Scholarship
The Victoria Police Amateur Boxing and Wrestling Association (VPAB&WA) has set benchmarks for high achievement in Victoria Police sport since 1934. In 1999 the VPAB&WA dissolved and initiated a scholarship to perpetuate higher achievement in sport. The ‘Athlete Scholarship’ includes a shield and financial assistance for an individual who has demonstrated the potential to continue to improve in state, interstate and international events.
Past Winners of the Award are:
Senior Constable Amy FROST is forging a wonderful career in Winter Sports having recently won 5 gold medals at the Australian Police Winter Games in Snowboard and Slalom skiing. She also competed in the USA at the East Coast Police Winter Games where she won Gold in the Snowboard Slalom and Silver in the Giant Slalom. Amy is also a member of the Gippsland Police Fishing Club and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Leading Senior Constable Lee BOVA for her continued improvement in Marathon running and Triathlon culminating in finishing 1st in her age group at the Ironwoman Australia Triathlon which qualified her to attend the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
Senior Constable Shaun TAYLOR, dubbed the ‘Usain Bolt’ of the Victoria Police, achieved first place in an Athletics Victoria 200m Shield Race, as well as both the 200m Victorian and Australian Masters finals.
Detective Senior Constable Kelly Bayliss for winning both the Victoria State Titles and the Southern Hemisphere Titles in Bodybuilding for 2015. Kelly is now competing for Australia in the 2016 International Natural Olympia and Women's Figure and Body Sculpting Competition.
Senior Constable Greg STURROCK for his outstanding endeavour to represent Australia in Ice Hockey at the 2015 World Championships through hard work and super competitiveness at the highest level in Australia.
Ms Sally CUMMING for her determination and dedication to continually improve in State, National, and International Surf Lifesaving women's beach sprints recently winning gold at each level, and gaining selection in the Victoria High Performance Squad.
Senior Constable Timothy SPITERI for his inspiring achievement to complete a 3000 mile ocean crossing by rowing from the Canary Islands to Barbados to raise money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Senior Constable Emma RYAN for her recent success in Asian, Australian and Oceanic fencing competitions, and her desire to improve with quality coaching and competition.
Sgt. Adam VOHMANN for his outstanding dedication and persistence in ironman triathlons to compete in the world renown Hawaian Triathlon involving the sporting disciplines of swimming, cycling and running.
Senior Constable Natasha LONSDALE for her amazing consistency at National sporting clay shooting events, and her recent selection in the Australian Team for the World Championships in Rome.
Constable Sam WHITING for her desire and determination to improve in Equestrian events; her elevation into higher levels of competition and selection onto the Victoria Senior State Eventing Squad.
Senior Seergeant Chris THYNNE for his remarkable improvement in Triathlon events that lead to competing in World Ironman championships.
Senior Constable Michael PATERSON for his dedication to improvement and his endeavour to be selected in the Australian Police Rugby Union team to tour the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Senior Constable Michelle DENCH for her increased level of fitness and development of specific skills, and her efforts to be chosen in the 'first ever' female 'International Rules' team to tour Ireland.
Senior Constable Sahin SAHIMKAYA who has competed in both national and International TaeKwonDo competitions and is currently training for selection for the next Olympic Games.
Constable Deanne BUTLER for her continual improvement to receive the ‘Coach's Award and her desire to overcome injury and travel, and receive the best coaching available.
Leading Senior Constable Justin Whitehead for his resolve to continually improve to make the Australian boxing team and to quality for the 2004 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Senior Constable Graham CALDWELL for his determination to improve and succeed at the National level in Kyokushin Karate - a most demanding full contact sport.
Senior Constable Rodney LAY for his level of improvement and commitment over the past year in the Thumpernats National Motocross series and local events.
Detective Senior Constable Phillip EDGE for his desire and determination to continually improve his performance in the sport of rugby league