Ian Healy’s Story
“Sport has brought me great pleasure, fond memories and lasting friendships, and taken me to many parts of the world I could only dream of seeing as a kid growing up in Biloela. My school sports days played a huge part in defining my personal and emotional development. So when I was approached way back in 1999 to head up the Queensland School Sport Foundation to assist to defray the costs associated with playing representative school sport for families of talented athletes, I was only too willing to help.
Since this time we have provided financial assistance to over 500 talented Queensland School sports students to support their further sporting endeavours. Some of the athletes that have gone onto to higher honours include Sally Pearson (London Gold Medallist, David Pocock and Ben Daley (Wallabies), Ashleigh Gentle (Triathlon), Jamie Lee Lewis, (Australian Water polo), Brooke Spence (International softball), Brendan Hall (Paralympic Gold Medallist), Lakeisha Patterson (Paralympic Gold Medallist) and Grace Zylstra (international baseball).
In 2009 we further broadened the scope of our work by redefining the word ‘great’. We changed the organisations name to Future State Greats and this coincided with shifting our administration from the Education Queensland to an independent limited guarantee organisation. We now have a formal agreement with Educational Queensland and will continue to support Queensland School Sport students exclusively.
We started a program called Aspirations4Kids in Sport project which identifies kids in need and supports them in a variety of ways so that they don’t miss out on participating in their chosen sport. Since this time we have assisted over 1,000 kids and via the assistance of the Australian Sports Foundation we now raise money from donations and offer tax deductions.
The evolution continues and from 1st January 2016, we changed our organisation’s name to Aspirations4Kids in Sport Ltd. to better reflect our core business of ensuring Queensland kids in need have the opportunity to participate in school sport. Our core belief that the positive virtues of sport can make a difference to the lives of our young people and contribute to the betterment of society continues to remain in our sights and guide our thinking.
It’s been an amazing journey and I feel quite humbled when I see some of the hardship in our society and honoured to be playing some small part in making a difference to the lives of young Queenslanders as we continue to find ….. our next great story!”
Chairman – Aspirations4Kids in Sport Ltd