2019 RECIPIENTS CROWNED
Caroline Buchanan crowned the two Buchanan NextGen Rubik3 Scholarship recipients on Saturday 25 June, at the BMX National Championships 2019, Shepparton.
It was an incredible moment as Abbey Richards (left) and Kira Hill (right) crossed the finish line and took the champion titles for the 14 and 15 year ago classes at Shepparton’s renowned BMX National Championships, automatically qualifying them for the Buchanan NextGen Scholarship.
With the programs increased financial support thanks to the scholarships official sponsor, Rubik3, Abbey and Kira with their families by their side are now planning and preparing to compete at the BMX World Championships in Belgium, July 2019.
A MESSAGE FROM CAROLINE BUCHANAN & OFFICIAL SPONSOR, RUBIK3
"I am honoured that my support has now raised a total of eleven grants over the past six years. I'm also very grateful that Rubik3 has come on board for the next three years to help power the ride of BMX talent across Australia," says Caroline Buchanan.
"We are so proud and impressed after attending the BMX National Championships in Shepparton, to see the level of competition and to be able to partner with Caroline Buchanan as she supports the next generation of female BMX racers.
We know our scholarship funding is very well deserved and congratulate the two legends that won; Abbey and Kira!
The values and commitment that Caroline has for these girls and her sport aligns with Rubik3's values and commitment to improving lives. We are excited to watch their success for 2019 and look forward to 2020 and 2021!," says Nadia Pessarossi from Rubik3.
Applications for the Buchanan NextGen Rubik3 Scholarship program will open again in early 2020.
In the meantime, you can follow the Buchanan NextGen Rubik3 Scholarship on Instagram so you don't miss the latest news and updates.
ABOUT THE BUCHANAN NEXTGEN RUBIK3 SCHOLARSHIP
In 2014 Caroline first launched the 'Buchanan NextGen' scholarship and mentoring program in an effort to better support the progression of BMX and future of women in the sport, by giving them the opportunity to excel on the world stage.
With success of the program to date, Caroline is excited to announce that the scholarship will continue in 2019, 2020 and 2021 with sponsorship and increased financial support from Canberra's leader of strategic business solutions, Rubik3.
"It inspires me daily to stay true and strive to continue to be a a bit of a modern-day superhero rebel who does things differently, breaks the mould and helps the future of women's cycling, women's sport and women's empowerment in general,"
"There has been a huge shift in support for women in sport. With sanctions and organisers of events providing equal pay and social media especially being the main stream of news and information on positive role model's success, the pathways for women to be highly respected - and paid - badass role models is becoming the new norm," says Caroline.
In 2019, 2020 and 2021, Caroline along with Rubik3, will award 2 x young Aussie riders $5,000 each in scholarship money to assist them to travel to the BMX World Championships later in the year.
To be successful, applicants must be a female competing in either the 20-inch 14-years or 15-years ago group at the BMX Australian National Championships. Applicants must send an application to Buchanan NextGen and intend on riding in the relevant year's BMX World Championships.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications forms to be released early 2020.