Jake Rynne awarded QUT & AIS Scholarship
Queensland’s very own Jake Rynne has achieved yet another honour by becoming the recipient of the joint Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) scholarship,
To be eligible for this scholarship, Jake had to be a nationally recognised athlete, a commencing or continuing student at QUT and meet academic and citizenship eligibility requirements among other selection criteria. Jake met all these criteria and now adds this to his already admirable status as 2021 Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year and Emerging Jackaroo.
This scholarship, which is provided for a two-year period, enables Jake to access a variety of assistance platforms throughout his tertiary studies. He will receive a $10,000 cash scholarship, membership to QUT’s Elite Athlete Program and membership to QUT’s College of Excellence.
For Jake, it isn’t just about the money.
“In pursuing any sporting career, you always need to have something to back you up in the way of education,” Jake said.
“Engineering is something that interests me, and I thought would be good for me. “This funding really allows young athletes to be able to educate themselves while trying to excel in their sport.”
Jake is currently in the middle of semester 1, and so far, it is coming along well. He finds his studies very interesting and is keen to learn. The scholarship lets Jake get early access to class registrations.
“This helps me with my training,” he said.
“If I have training every Friday all day or every Wednesday or Tuesday, I can always arrange my classes around those times.
“Coming up we have the Australian Open and the Qld State Championships which runs for a two-week block.
“The uni is very accommodating with that, and I can work my assessments and classes to fit in with my bowls schedule. “I’m on the emerging Jackaroos team now.
“The next thing for me is getting in the Australian Jackaroos team in the 10-man squad and give myself the best chance to be selected for events like the 2026 Commonwealth Games which have just been announced to be in Victoria.
“That’s probably a big target of mine.
“It’s four years away, but if I can crack that team and make the five by then, that’s probably my next biggest goal.
“Obviously, an athlete has to work as well, so this scholarship will help with the fees and costs involved in being at university so I will have less stress in having to support myself. I will not have to work as much and therefore I can bowl more.
”Jake would like to thank Taylor Bowls, his sponsors, and said he couldn’t do it without them.
“Taylor Bowls have supported me all through my career so far. I’ve never bowled with a bowl other than Taylor, ever.”
Well done Jake!