Rio dream comes true for AMP Tomorrow Makers

Two young AMP Tomorrow Fund recipients are on the cusp of representing Australia at Rio.

AMP Tomorrow Makers, 800m runner Peter Bol and pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall, are preparing to compete on the world stage on Friday and Saturday respectively.

When Peter first applied for an AMP Tomorrow Fund grant, the Sudanese-born athlete was living in Perth and training while juggling work and his construction management studies.

Peter used his grant to move to Melbourne to train with top coach Justin Rinaldi. Soon after, the young runner reported back that it was the best decision he’d ever made.

In March, Peter raced in Perth and came second to world record-holder David Rudisha. The next month he competed in the Olympic trials in Sydney, but ran a disappointing fifth. Yet he was determined that he would still make it to Rio.

Peter finally earned his stripes at a race in Germany in late June, achieving a new personal best of 1:45.78 and the second-fastest time in Australia.

In July, Peter called the AMP Foundation from Germany to share his news: he’d made the Australian Olympic track and field team. 

Peter is feeling relaxed about racing on the morning of Friday 12 August in Rio.

Similarly, Kurtis has put in an incredible effort on the road to Rio.

Over the past year, the 19-year-old pole vaulter from Happy Valley in South Australia has shot up the ranks.

In the lead-up to the Olympics, he cleared the best height for a junior in three years at a European championships. Kurtis is the first-ever male teenage pole vaulter to compete for Australia at an Olympics.

Last year when he received his AMP Tomorrow Fund grant, he told us: “I want to get the message out that anyone who wants something bad enough can achieve anything.”

Kurtis will compete in the pole vault qualifiers on the evening of Saturday 13 August in Rio.

Cheer them on

Visit the official Australian Olympic team pages for Peter and Kurtis to learn more and send them messages.

AMP's Tomorrow Fund

The AMP Tomorrow Fund seeks out amazing Australians doing great things to share in $1 million in individual grants each year.

Australian citizens or permanent residents of all walks of life can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to help them reach a goal that will inspire others and have a positive impact on local communities.

Since the program launched in 2014, thousands have applied for AMP Tomorrow Fund grants, with 89 people having received a financial boost and earning the title of AMP Tomorrow Maker.

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