TGS Student Awarded Sport Australia Scholarship12th September 2018
Toowoomba Grammar School Year 12 student, Cameron Shields is one of just five athletes Australia-wide to be selected for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame 2019 Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Now in its 12th year, the program is designed to help young Australians reach the highest levels of their sport, by providing encouragement and funding over a fourteen-month period.
The five athletes chosen for 2019 include Toowoomba’s motor racing prodigy Cameron Shields, Paralympic distance runner Jaryd Clifford from Greensborough, Victoria, Olympic snowboarder Tess Coady from St Kilda, Victoria, rising rower Giorgia Patten from Gooseberry Hill, WA and promising diver Cassiel Rousseau from Ormiston, Qld.
Since he could barely walk, Cameron Shields has loved motor racing. After many wins, losses and ambulance trips, Shields was about to give up his love of racing before an opportunity arose to drive race cars, and after only four months he was invited to drive in Australia’s fastest circuit – Formula 3.
At just 14-years-of-age, Shields was racing at speeds of over 250kph, two years before he could even apply for his Queensland learner’s permit.
In 2016, still unable to legally drive on Queensland roads, Shields went on to become the youngest person to win a National Formula 3 Championship.
“To be selected in one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarship programs is remarkable,” said Cameron humbly.
“The recognition I may receive from being a part of this program and the advice from my mentor will be invaluable for the progression of my racing career.
“This is the beginning of a new journey for me and it is one I cannot wait to embark on.”
In 2019 Cameron will be mentored by two-time World Series Baseball champion Graeme Lloyd.
“I really love the idea of mentoring athletes from different sports,” Lloyd said.
“I think it can open up a whole new facet or way of thinking that might not have been explored yet.
“I am looking forward to this opportunity and challenge to help this young talent improve and become the force that I believe he can be in racing.”
Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) CEO, Eugene Arocca said Cameron gives motor sport his all and should be congratulated for being recognised with this scholarship.
“The Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship is a terrific opportunity for someone like Cameron who is showing tremendous skill whenever he races in the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship,” said Mr Arocca.
“Working with an athlete like Graeme Lloyd, who has competed in one of the biggest leagues in the world, including playing for the New York Yankees – one of the most iconic teams in the world – will be a terrific learning experience for Cameron and one that will certainly help him become the best driver and athlete he can be.”
The successful recipients will be presented their scholarships by their respective mentors on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner at Palladium at Crown, Melbourne.
The dinner’s theme to ‘honour the past, celebrate the present, embrace the future’ suits the program perfectly as successful recipients receive one-on-one personal mentoring by a current member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Recipients will also be awarded a $5,000 sporting expenses grant.