Kayaker aims for the top

PALM Beach Currumbin High student Gabriella Tobitt is kayaking her way to the top.

As a recipient of the RSL Youth Development Program, a grant given for excelling in her sporting achievement, Miss Tobitt will use the grant to pay off her 2010 Olympic Hopefuls Tour and put it towards the 2011 Junior World Team.

Miss Tobitt has displayed strong talent in the kayaking field and won the under 16, 500 metre race at Nationals in 2010.

“The RSL Youth Development Program has allowed me to compete during 2011, without it I would have missed out,” Miss Tobitt said.

The program was developed between the Queensland RSL Branch and Bond University in 2007 to offer remote and disadvantaged Queensland students an opportunity to gain financial assistance to achieve their personal goals.

The recipients have a broad range of interests ranging from aspiring athletes to community conscious youth ambassadors, gaining them acknowledgment as the top students to stand out in their community.

RSL Queensland president Doug Formby said he was impressed with Miss Tobitt’s application.

“I am sure that Gabriella’s success will encourage more students to apply for an RSL youth grant in 2012,” Mr Formby said.

“As well as offering an outstanding educational opportunity, the RSL Youth Development Program aims to promote awareness of the sacrifices our veterans have made, and of the ANZAC values they strived to defend.

“The RSL is looking forward to supporting these outstanding students as they achieve their goals and ambitions into 2011 and beyond.”

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