James Reynolds has received a big boost on his Commonwealth Games selection campaign from AMP.
Reynolds was awarded a $5000 grant as an AMP “Tomorrow Maker” for his sporting ability and keen interest to support people with a disability living in rural areas.
“I want to inspire and help others to achieve their own goals in life, particularly those with disabilities or life barriers. I want them to believe that nothing is impossible,” Reynolds said.
I want to inspire and help others to achieve their own goals in life.
The grant is an added boost for the two-time Bowls NSW Disabiltiy Bowler of the Year after he was just nominated for potentially his third crown.
The Tomorrow Maker Fund has been set up to provide assistance for people from all walks of like, who are striving towards a goal that will benefit the community.
He had gone into the process promoting his sport, but the AMP took interest in his work for Workability, helping people with a disability.
“The real crux of it came down to us being in a regional area and our passion for trying to inspire people,” he said.
AMP Foundation Manager Helen Liondos said she was really excited about the calibre of this year’s AMP Tomorrow Makers:
“The 2016 AMP Tomorrow Makers are truly inspirational, driven people who are really committed to making a difference,” Ms Liondos said.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the positive contribution they make to our community.”
Reynolds said he would use the funds to compete in a number of national Australian events to keep himself at the top of his game, and stay in the eye of selectors, where competing can have an immense cost.
Currently, Reynolds sits as one of the eight remaining hopefuls for a spot in the Australian roster, but standing beween him and the Games will be a selection trial and three international events as well as a number of national competitions.
“The Australian Open for example costs me about $2000 to take part,” Reynolds said.
“And there is the nationals, we don’t know where they’re going to be held yet, it could be WA and would be another big cost.”
Reynolds is eager to make his third appearance at the Commonwealth Games and will go into the final training camp in March with the eight to be culled to the final six.
The Trans Tasman, the later 12-nations and the 2018 Commonwealth Games will all be held at the Broad Beach club in Queensland.
Applications for AMP’s Tomorrow Fund 2017 open on 3 April. Visit ampstomorrowfund.com.au to register your interest.