The first Goodes O’Loughlin UniSA GO Scholarship has been awarded to Wirangu man and third-year Human Movement student, John Boxer.
Launched in 2016, the special GO Scholarships – named in honour of GO Foundation founders Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin – are for high achieving Aboriginal students at UniSA who are studying in a sports-related field.
John began at UniSA as a mature-aged student with the goal of working within an elite professional sports environment and says his university experience has made him feel proud to represent his people academically, to promote change and to offer support to new students.
His commitment to high performance in his studies has been outstanding, and his grades reflect this hard work and dedication. John is focused on increasing his grade point average in 2017 to open up postgraduate study opportunities.
“I want to build a career that helps to educate, support and train the younger generation, influencing their journey and helping them to reach their goals – to participate in sport and for some, to participate at an elite level,” John says.
He is also undertaking an internship at the Adelaide Crows Football Club under the supervision of the high performance team, where he is learning first-hand about the procedures and strategies of an elite sporting environment.
The GO Foundation partners with organisations to create opportunities for Aboriginal youth through education and the UniSA GO scholarship worth $6000 a year, for up to four years, is also supported by funds from the South Australian Government.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Kyam Maher says the scholarships help talented high-achieving Aboriginal students achieve their sporting goals – both on and off the field.
“John is a worthy recipient doing fantastic work with our Aboriginal communities and I wish him all the best,” Mr Maher says.