Six AMP Tomorrow Makers will take centre stage this week as the 2018 Commonwealth Games kicks off on the Gold Coast.
Alexandra Kiroi, Alex Hulley and Kurtis Marschall will compete for gold in gymnastics, hammer throw and pole vaulting, respectively.
For Alexandra, a 2017 Tomorrow Maker, rhythmic gymnastics has been a long-time passion ever since she first started at the age of 6.
This video gives an insight into Alexandra’s journey to the Gold Coast, where we’re pleased to say she has qualified and will compete for Australia.
In the lead up to the Gold Coast, Alexandra is training up to 50 hours a week and she has used her Tomorrow Fund grant to assist with travel costs.
“The AMP Tomorrow Fund grant will help me achieve my goal as rhythmic gymnastics is quite a costly sport. We have our leotards, we have to travel a lot, we have apparatus we have to pay for,” Alexandra says.
She hopes to be a role model for younger Australians and to encourage as many as possible to try rhythmic gymnastics.
"In 2018, we’ll give away another $1 million in grants to help Australians from all walks of life and ages."
As part of the Para-games program that will run alongside the Commonwealth Games, Lakeisha Patterson and Ellie Cole will be searching for glory in the pool, while 2016 Tomorrow Maker Nic Beveridge will also be in the hunt for gold in the para-triathlon.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games run from April 4 to April 15.
Now in its fifth year, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund supports talented and innovative Australians with grants from $5,000 to $100,000. In 2018, we’ll give away another $1 million in grants to help Australians from all walks of life and ages to make a positive contribution to Australian society – either by doing something special, inspiring others or addressing a societal problem.
Amazing Australians doing great things can apply online at ampstomorrowfund.com.au by 4pm (AEST) 17 May.