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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

Total Votes:   454

Grace Giles


World Flat Track Derby Association, Victorian Roller Derby League All Stars

State / Area:

VIC / Metro

Funding Requested


Voting has now finished.

Recipients will be announced on 6th June 2016.

About Grace Giles

Roller Derby is the fastest growing womens sport in the world. I play for the Victorian Roller Derby League All Stars, we are currently ranked number 2 in the world out of 274 teams (World Flat Track Derby Association, WFTDA). Last year winning gold at World Playoffs and Bronze at world Championships. The WFTDA is a not for profit organisation. In order to compete in the WFTDA my team needs to travel to the USA at least 3 times a year. This is funded by ourselves personally and a small amount of fundraising through our league. I started playing Roller Derby in 2007. I have played every sanctioned WFTDA game with the Victorian Roller Derby League All Stars and represented Team Australia in the Roller Derby World Cup where we placed third. This has meant 10 self funded trips to the USA over the past 4 years.

Value to the Individual

I have been heavily involved in the sport since its inception in Australia back in 2007. To be the best athlete I can be, I train at least once 6-7 days every week both on skates and in the gym. Over the last few years I have changed my career path in order to help my own personal growth as an athlete and the development of the sport. I am a qualified personal trainer and study Exercise Science full time at La Trobe University. My goal from my studies is to help develop Roller Derby specific conditioning for athletes. The sport is so new and there is still very little research into the sport and the most effective way to train athletes and teams, both mentally and physically. I also coach the sport within my own league and other leagues across Australia, held seminars and strength and conditioning classes.

Why the funds are needed

This funding would help me cover my membership fees, insurance and most importantly travel costs. The stress of studying and saving the little amount of money I earn to compete is extremely difficult. This grant will help me be able to focus on being the best athlete I can be for my team, for Australia and for women in sport. We are heading to Eugene in the USA in April for The Big O tournament where we will play games against 4 of the World's top teams to get our required ranking points. We will then be heading back over to either the USA or Canada in September to compete in World Championship Playoffs and most likely we will make World Championships held in Portland, USA in November. These trips cost me between $1200- $1800 on flights alone, plus unpaid time off work and other travel costs. If I were to receive this grant I would cover the following: Flights to Eugene: $1300 Small fraction of League membership fees: $200 As a hardworking athlete, coach and representative of women in sport, this funding would mean the world to me.


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