Vote for the team or individual that you think most needs funding, for their chance to receive up to $1,500 from the Thermoskin Community Sports Fund!
You will also be entered in the draw to win a $200 EFTPOS Gift Card!
With a total pool of $10,000 available plus a gift of Thermoskin’s Plantar FXT Calf Socks, 2016 winners will be decided upon by a panel of 4 judges including Melanie Wright (Australian Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder in Swimming), Sharelle McMahon (former Australian Netballer), Brett Emerton (ex-Socceroo) and Thermoskin CEO Matthew Symington.
Shortlisted entries will be based on quality of application, why the funds are needed, value to the community/individual, and number of votes received by the public, so start voting now and make your contribution!
To find out more on how your voting contributes, please visit our Terms & Conditions. Thermoskin Community Sports Fund Recipients will be announced on the Thermoskin website and Facebook page.
Voting: 4th – 25th May 2016
Recipients Announced: 6th June 2016
Voting has now finished.
Recipients will be announced on 6th June 2016.
AJ is Australia's first ever female Para National, Oceanic & World Champion in para-canoe. So far in 2016, she has retained her 2015 National+Oceanic titles. In Germany in May 2016, she will contest and (we expect) retain her 2016 World Champion title. She is based in Queensland, but lives in Victoria. In 2012, AJ's right leg from the knee down was amputated and paddling was suggested as an activity she could try. Paddling turned into passion and within 2 years, AJ debuted at international level. Since her debut in 2014, AJ was won every title in her class in the 200m, 500m and 1000m events. Para-canoe debuts at the 2016 Paralympics and AJ will represent Australia in the 200m.
Value to the Individual
I met AJ in 2015. I had not had contact with a para-athlete before. As we spoke about life in general, it became clear that a disabled person's life can be very difficult. They not only face a physical and/or mental disability but they can also suffer severe emotional and medical issues. AJ's determination to maintain a healthy positive lifestyle influenced me to look at my own wellbeing. I changed my professional role to a role where my employer assists not for profit / charity organisations and child protection. I commenced fundraising to assist AJ with her additional expenses to maintain her prosthetic and wheelchair access. I managed to raise enough funds to purchase that wheelchair. My next target is her prosthetic.
Why the funds are needed
AJ wears a standard prosthetic. However, in the last 2 years she has experienced numerous breakages due to the pressure placed on the prosthetic as a result of her therapy and training. I would donate this $1500 towards the cost of the specially built prosthetic.
http://canoe.org.au/ (Australian Canoeing)
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