Gymnast and scholarship recipient becomes Dance Sports champion

Posted: Tue, 23rd January 2018 | Written by: The Team at Western Chances

Werribee local, Ebony Biden, has worked hard to become a successful dancer. For many years, she practically lived at her local gymnastics club. From dancer through to coach, gymnastics has been a cornerstone of Ebony’s life.

Gymnast and scholarship recipient becomes Dance Sports champion
Photo L-R: Ebony Biden with team mates Annabel & Olivia.

“I love being a part of that community and getting to work with so many awesome young people.”

Ebony was always busy and active as a child. She explored Tae Kwon Do and gymnastics and felt that becoming a dancer was “sort of a natural progression!”

As a reward for her hard work last year Ebony found herself heading to Las Vegas for the international Dance Sports championships, and returned as a silver medallist

“My team and I trained extremely hard in the years leading up to that event, so it was great to see all of our hard work pay off. I would say the highlight for me was being able to share that success with my two incredible coaches and beautiful teammates.”

Outside of dancing, Ebony has a strong support network and says she felt fortunate to have had some great teachers during her time at Suzanne Cory High School.

“My VCE Psychology teacher actually nominated me for this Western Chances Scholarship. My school also sponsored me for one of my trips to compete overseas. That was pretty cool and I am so grateful for that.”

Ebony received her first Western Chances scholarship in 2015 when she was in Year 12  at  Suzanne Cory High School. Her teacher nominated her for She had her scholarship renewed in 2016 and 2017 which has helped her to buya  laptop, annual MYKI’s, textbooks and other items to support her education.

“This Western Chances Scholarship has enabled me to enjoy uni and life as every young person should. I don't think ‘OMG, how am I going to pay for all of my uni textbooks?’ I can just get them and actually focus on the content inside. I work really hard in all aspects of my life so it's a really great feeling to have someone acknowledge that and help you out along the way.”

Ebony is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Deakin University where she has been recognised with a Deakin University Scholarship for Excellence; which is awarded on the basis of maintaining high average marks.

Ebony also wants other students considering dancing as a potential career path to believe in themselves and pursue their goals.

“Follow whatever path you love and are passionate about. It doesn't really matter what that is. Everyone has their own goals and dreams, so I say just be confident in yourself and the decisions you make along the way!”

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