1 March 2018
A passionate basketballer with his sights on representing Australia is the latest recipient of OzChild’s Chance to Shine Scholarship.
Fifteen-year-old Bailey Jankovic, from Berwick, Victoria, has been achieving amazing things in wheelchair basketball.
Bailey only turned to wheelchair basketball in June 2017 and has since made the 2018 Junior Victorian Wheelchair Basketball team. He now has his sights set on representing Australia in the Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in 2021 as a 2.5 classification.
“This scholarship would bring me one step closer to my dream of being a Paralympian,” Bailey said.
“I have been training really hard every day so I can achieve my dream. Having this scholarship would give me confidence to push myself harder.”
Bailey was born eight weeks premature, resulting in Cerebral Palsy. Yet this has not slowed him down on the court.
“I loved normal basketball but I was not able to go as far because as I got older, the other kids got faster and stronger and I couldn’t keep up,” he said.
“Wheelchair basketball has given me a new purpose which I throw myself into with all my heart. I just love it.”
Since making the switch to wheelchair basketball, Bailey has been involved in both state and national tournaments, regular competitions and weekly training. Despite the busy schedule, he has still found time to focus on school and is currently studying business management with the aim of becoming a business manager in the sports field.
The Chance to Shine Scholarship will assist Bailey with the many costs involved with wheelchair basketball and give him a chance to achieve his goals.
“This grant will help me fly around the court and be the best wheelchair player ever,” he said.
“When I win, coming home with a medal will be the best feeling in the world”.
OzChild is pleased they are able to help Bailey have his chance to shine.
Do you know a young person who could benefit from financial assistance? Nominate them for the Chance to Shine Scholarship here.