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77 Kiwi Youths Semi-Finalists In Big Break

77 Kiwi Youths Announced As Semi-Finalists In Big Break

Tue, 3 Sep 2002

Semi-Finalists Announced in Nescafé Big Break
77 Kiwi youths are in with a chance to win AUD$20,000

After a nerve-racking wait 77 young New Zealanders have been announced as semi-finalists in the NESCAFÉ Big Break competition. Nescafé Big Break is for any young person with a great idea that needs a cash start to realise their dream.

They have been chosen from 400 semi-finalists from more than 5000 trans-Tasman entries.

They are now required to submit a detailed plan for their ideas in order to become one of 20 finalists. The finalists will then be flown to Sydney in November to present their ideas to a judging panel comprising of Nescafé Big Break past winners.

This year the age group categories have been extended to offer more people the opportunity to enter. The two age categories are 16 - 19 olds and 20 - 24 year olds. Six winners from each age group category will each receive AUD$20,000, and four runner-up winners will each receive AUD$2,000.

Nescafé Big Break is unique in that it's not designed to be a high achievement award. It is about giving our young people the freedom to choose what they want to do with their lives and providing them with the cash to pursue their dreams and goals.

Last year Sarah Raudkivi (19) of Epsom, Auckland was awarded AUD$20,000.

New Zealand's top female fencer, Sarah Raudkivi, used some of her Nescafé Big Break winnings to train at one of the world's best fencing school's, Goloubitsky Fencing Centre, Netherlands in February.

"My goal is to be the first woman to represent New Zealand in fencing at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and winning a Nescafé Big Break has enabled me to finance the best possible training to help me realise my dream," she says.

Sarah's well on her way having just competed in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

For more information on the Nescafé Big Break Awards check out http://www.nescafebigbreak.co.nz or call the hotline on 0800 430 043.


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