Young Athletes Support Cause

FedUni West Vic Academy of Sport Athletes Sam Rizzo and Ruby DeRuiter have both thrown their support behind The Ballarat Foundation and the 2019 Run for a Cause event. 

Rizzo was the events inaugural winner of the 10km wheelchair event, while DeRuiter, having recently returned from the Gold Coast winning a  bronze medal at the National Taekwondo championships, is ready to join the fundraising efforts of the day.

“I was very proud to have won the 10km wheelchair event last year. Unfortunately I’m competing out of town this year and can’t defend my title, however I encourage the Ballarat community get out there and move, walk or run to raise important funds to help Ballarat’s young children.”
– Sam Rizzo, Commonwealth games competitor and Run for a Cause ambassador.

Rizzo, a former student of Damascus College, was selected for Australia at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where he qualified for the final finishing in 6th place. He is now focussed on achieving a qualifying time to win selection for the Australian team to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

For Ruby, Sunday is about participating in a community event to raise dollars and awareness of the 1 in 5 young children in Ballarat who currently start school developmentally vulnerable.

“That statistic I think shocks a lot of people. Every child deserves the right to a bright future. Anything we can do as a community or individuals to help give everyone a fair start at life, I think we are obliged to chip in where we can. Simply walking or running is an easy thing to do.”
– Ruby DeRuiter, National Tawkwondo Silver medallist and Ballarat Clarendon College Student.

DeRuiter has competed in the Australian Taekwondo National Championships the past two years, securing a Silver and Bronze medal in her classification. She has also undertaken training camps in both Europe and the United States. Earlier this year, Ruby competed in the Open Women’s category at the Sofia Open in Bulgaria.