Bradman Scholarship Past & Current Winners
2016 Winner – Tom Galvin
No longer will Tullamore in far western New South Wales be known solely for being the first town named in the Australian folk anthem I’ve been Everywhere.
To the unbridled delight of its 210 residents a favourite son, 18-year-old Tom Galvin, has been named the 2016 Bradman Scholar.
Dux of All Saints’ College, Bathurst, last year, Galvin is pursuing an advanced Science degree at Sydney University where he is playing cricket and was a member of the third grade premiership team earlier this month.
There were a record 51 applicants from all mainland states and territories for the $15,000 scholarship over three years which was first awarded in 1990.
“There was an outstanding quality and record field of candidates, making the Scholarship keenly contested,” said Ms Rina Hore, the Executive Director of the Bradman Foundation at Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
“Tom is a very mature young man with exceptional qualities and achievements and the Bradman Foundation are very proud to be aligned with such an impressive young Australian.”
The promotion of the scholarship is well supported by Cricket Australia and its constituents; the application entails a four-stage selection process culminating in a personal interview conducted by Bradman Foundation Chairman Maurice Newman AC, Patron the Hon. John Howard OM AC and 2008 Bradman Scholar David Miller.
Galvin is the 10th of the 21 awardees to have hailed from outside capital and provincial cities – again underlining the enormous contribution country folk have made to Australian cricket and wider society.
A versatile all-round athlete Galvin hopes to balance his ambition of seeking selection in the NSW Speed Blitz Blues with his pursuit of a science degree with a double major in physics and nanoscience.
“It is a great honour to be awarded the Bradman Scholarship,” said Gavin. “I have always believed that teamwork, attitude and sportsmanship are as important as any win or personal achievement and I know this was also reflected in Sir Donald Bradman’s career and personal life.”
1990: Geoff Lovell (Bachelor of Arts (PPE), Exeter College, Oxford University)
1993: Andrew Ridley (Postgraduate Degree in Philosophy/Management Studies, Exeter College, Oxford University)
1993: Martin Love (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Queensland).
1999: Sam Williams of Adelaide, SA (Bachelor of Podiatry – University of South Australia)
2000: Greg Mail of Baulkham Hills, NSW (Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) – University of Sydney)
2001: Kieran Mahony of Kangaloon, NSW (Bachelor of Arts/Laws – Macquarie University)
2002: Alexandra Blackwell of Griffith, NSW (Bachelor of Medicine – University of New South Wales)
2003: Mark Faraday of Newcastle, NSW (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Communications – University of Newcastle).
2004: Thomas Barratt of Perth, WA (Bachelor Law/Economics – University of Western Australia).
2005: Shane Wallace of Bomaderry, NSW (Australian College of Physical Education, Sydney)
2006: Madhu Bhamidipaty of Perth, WA (Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery, University of Western Australia).
2007: Patrick Connelly of Adelaide, SA (Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide).
2008: David Miller of Taree, NSW (Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science, University of Sydney)
2009: Aaron Mullins of Athelstone, SA (Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) University of Adelaide)
2010: Kate Shallard of Euroa, Vic (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University, Bendigo)
2011: Andrew Lowe of Laurieton, NSW (Bachelor of Business & Sports Management, UTS)
2012: Kara Sutherland of Grafton, NSW (Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science then transfer (2015) to Master of Physiotherapy, Griffith University, Brisbane)
2013: Georgia Redmayne of Alstonville, NSW (Bachelor of Medicine, UNSW)
2014: Amit Balgi of Wollongong, NSW (Bachelor of Dental Science, Charles Sturt University, Orange)
2015: Damon Kerr of Glenelg, SA (Bachelor of Arts at Flinders University then Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity)
2016: Tom Galvin of Tullamore, NSW (Bachelor of Science, Sydney University)