Fred Mayer Scholarship recipients announced

Water Polo Australia (WPA) has announced the recipients of the 2017 Fred Mayer Scholarship, which is designed to provide equality of opportunity to those who need assistance in the pursuit of their goals.

Reviewing all the applicants, those selected as this year’s recipients ensure Fred’s ethos and sentiments are captured. When asked about his father and the sport of water polo, Sam Mayer explained:

“Fred might not have played Water Polo at the highest level but no one has achieved more pleasure playing, watching or talking about Water Polo.”

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

  • Kiara Holden
  • Rhys Holden
  • Sam Nangle
  • Heidi Berry.


All four athletes have shown commitment, skill and service to the sport above and beyond expectations with sibling duo Rhys (featured image) and Kiara Holden (right) not only representing Australia and attending camps and tournaments across the Europe and Australasia, but also finding the time to hold both referee and run coaching clinics for their local club, Cronulla.

Rhys Holden has also been faced with a hip injury that he has been working hard to recover from since representing Australia at the 2017 Junior Men’s World Championships.

Sam NangleSam Nangle’s (left) commitment is more than apparent in his travel time to and from NSWIS training from his hometown in the Blue Mountains, often meaning he has a 3:30am start to his day. As well as travel for training, Sam has also travelled overseas for international events four times in just over a year, and has, in addition to his own water polo career, taken on coaching commitments for the Blue Mountains 16U team to help bring young talent into the sport.

Heidi Berry

The youngest of this year’s recipients is Heidi Berry (right) from Tasmania. Heidi has a pure passion for the sport and despite the diagnosis of an autoimmune health issue with many medical appointments and care logistics for her and her family, has still managed a 100 percent attendance rate for the Tasmania water polo academy training.


On behalf of WPA and this year’s recipients, Christian Renford, CEO would like to extend thanks to the Fred Mayer Foundation and their continuing support to junior athletes participating in the sport of water polo here in Australia.

WPA acknowledge the grants as a significant help to those athletes in need of support, and all funds allocated are used directly to aid the funding of participation and development for our athletes within the sport.

WPA would also like to thank all of the athletes who took the time to apply for the 2017 Fred Mayer Scholarship and welcome all athletes to apply for this grant, and any others they may be suitable for in the coming years.