At 17, Brodie Healy’s CV is already impressive. The Year 12 student from Nuriootpa High School is the Captain (and youngest player) on South Australia’s Wheelchair AFL team, the reigning national champions. He is in Australia’s Under 23 basketball development side and has previously played both wheelchair cricket and bocce.

For Brodie, the Kicking Goals scholarship has provided more than just financial support for his final two years of school giving him a valuable mentor in John Hughes.

With John’s support and encouragement, Brodie is embarking on his final research project focused on wheelchair sport in Australia, while exploring opportunities for future study in either sports management or furniture construction.

For winemaker John Hughes, the Kicking Goals scholarship is the realisation of a dream to support students with a disability by providing funding and support to assist them in their transition from school into the workplace or further studies.

The scholarship is open to students in Year 11 who have a disability and reside in the Barossa region. It provides financial assistance ($500 per year) for years 11 and 12. The recipient also receives ongoing mentoring from John. At the end of Year 12, an additional $3500 is available to fund further education, educational aids or transport.

“Foundation Barossa is proud to support kids like Brodie and is grateful for the ongoing support of John Hughes and the other businesses and individuals involved in the Kicking Goals Scholarship. Helping Brodie to achieve both his sporting and career goals is just another way the foundation is able to fulfil its mission of giving today to enable tomorrow,” said Nick Slape, Chair of Foundation Barossa.

Individuals and organisations wishing to donate to the Kicking Goals Scholarship fund can contact Annabelle Elton-Martin, Foundation Barossa Executive Officer on 0455 774 333 or

Applications must be submitted here and must be received by Thursday 28 February.


For further information, contact Annabelle Elton-Martin, Executive Officer on 0455 774 333 or