Shared from the 10/31/2018 Northern Messenger eEdition

GETTING A KICK OUT OF GRANT

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Brothers Noah Shoumack, 15, and Daniel, 17, with Anthony Katianos-Nemes, 11, and Kosta, 13, have used Variety scholarships to continue their passion for judo.PICTURE: SAM WUNDKE

A SCHOLARSHIP has given four northern teenagers with autism the chance to continue their passion for judo. The Shoumack and the Katianos-Nemes brothers were recipients of Variety Heart Scholarships – available to children with a talent in the arts or sport who are disadvantaged or have a disability. A SCHOLARSHIP has given four teenagers from the Elizabeth Downs and Davoren Park the chance to continue their passion for judo.

The Shoumack brothers, Daniel and Noah from Davoren Park, and the Katianos-Nemes brothers, Kosta and Anthony from Elizabeth Downs, were recipients of Variety Heart Scholarships this year.

The scholarships are available to children with a talent in the arts or sport that are disadvantaged or have a disability. Each of the boys has autism spectrum disorder and has found a passion for judo after starting in the special needs branch of the sport. “It gives them something to focus on,” Daniel and Noah’s mother Rebecca Shoumack said.

“We’ve seen them flourish, with their confidence and the way they are with people.”

The scholarship allowed the boys to travel interstate to compete in national competitions.

Noah, 15, said competing is one of his favourite parts of judo.

“Just meeting new people and getting the chance to fight,” he said. “It (the scholarship) helps us to travel to compete, and actually get to do it.”

Applications for the 2019 scholarship round close on November 12.

For more information or to apply, visit varietysa.org.au

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