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Published: 2011-04-13 00:00:00

Aspiring Olympic clay target shooter Amy van Bysterveldt has struck gold after being awarded a $4000 scholarship from Waikato Regional Council.

Amy, a first year Auckland University Bachelor of Civil Engineering student from Kaihere, was awarded the Roger Harris (Waihou Valley Scheme) Scholarship at a council catchment services committee meeting yesterday.

The award was presented by committee chairman Stuart Kneebone. The scholarship is available to students undertaking study in the fields of engineering and resource management and whose families reside in the Waihou Valley scheme rating classification area.

Amy, who has an impressive academic and ballet record and who was sportsperson of the year at Hauraki Plains College last year, is aiming to become an established engineer.

Also, after winning five gold medals at national clay target shooting competitions last year, she is aiming to develop her shooting skills in the hope of representing New Zealand at the 2016 Olympics.

Said Cr Kneebone: “It’s a real pleasure to be able to support young achievers like Amy and we wish her all the best for the future.”