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New Ball In Play With La Trobe University Baseball Scholarship

Baseball Victoria
27 October 2016

The La Trobe University Baseball Club is now offering sporting scholarships to undergraduate students who aspire to community leadership, have a passion for baseball, and are considered quality baseball players.

The new scholarship offers a unique opportunity for students to achieve their tertiary undergraduate degree while pursuing a passion in baseball.

Valued at a total of $10 000 over 3 years the scholarship supports and cultivates future leaders in sport.

The scholarship has been received with praise and excitement from Australian Sporting Bodies such as Baseball Australia, Australian University Sports, Baseball Victoria, and  Melbourne Winter Baseball League.

Prof. Russel Hoye Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Development) & Director, La Trobe Sport says, “La Trobe University’s commitment to sport has been reinforced recently with the development of plans to transform the sport precinct of the Bundoora campus into a world class Sports Park to support community and elite sport and the University’s teaching and research programs. The University fully supports this great initiative of the baseball club and looks forward to working with the club to support the scholarship recipients.”

Mr Don Knapp, CEO of Australian University Sports also offered his praise for the scholarship. “La Trobe University has recently endorsed the $150m AUD sports precinct plan which will transform the playing fields area of the University and set sport at the heart of the University’s mission. We give the baseball club our full backing in establishing the scholarship and look forward to the outcomes.”

The scholarship concept was triggered by the recent passing of LTUBC life member Karl Leake. Karl was an outstanding student and professional in his chosen field of study (Physics majoring in Electronics). 

The club has established a memorial fund with which at least one annual scholarship shall be named in honour of Karl.

The LTUBC has grown in strength from 2 mens teams to now 4 men, 1 female and 1 Veterans teams. The baseball park is considered to be the best in metro Melbourne. As a result the LTUBC has been able to secure the hosting of the Melbourne Winter Baseball Leagues finals series for ten years.

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