The Mickey Bushell Diving Scholarship is an opportunity for one physically challenged person in the county of Shropshire in the UK to pursue an interest in the underwater World each year.
Each year the Mickey Bushell Diving Scholar learns to become a fully qualified scuba diver by completing the PADI Open Water Diver course with Immerse School of Diving in Telford.
The Scholarship is supported by Mickey Bushell M.B.E, a Telford based team GB T53 wheelchair athlete. Mickey has been a team GB Member since age of 15. He is the British record holder for 100m, 200m, 400m, & 800m; European record holder for 100m, 200m, & 400m; and the Paralympic record holder for 100m. Mickey was born with a very rare medical condition called Lumbar Sacral Spinal Agenesis Congenital Paraplegia. For Mickey, this means he is ‘missing’ seven vertebrae from the lower part of the back just above the coccyx or tailbone.
The annual Scholarship is funded by Immerse School of Diving, and sponsored by Otter Watersports Drysuits who donate an undersuit and dry suit to the Scholar each year.
Applications are now open at www.immersediving.com/the-mickey-bushell-diving-scholarship. Shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to complete a try dive with Immerse School of Diving, and may be asked to attend an interview prior to final selection.
“Our professional diving team here at Immerse School of Diving are passionate about opening access to scuba diving to as many people as we can. It’s possible to employ a whole host of adaptive techniques and equipment modifications to help others enjoy the freedom and tranquillity of the underwater World, and the Scholarship is an excellent opportunity for someone to discover more about the sport we adore,” says Tony Flack, Owner and Instructor, Immerse School of Diving.
For further information on The Mickey Bushell Diving Scholarship, please visit www.immersediving.com/the-mickey-bushell-diving-scholarship or contact Immerse School of Diving at firstname.lastname@example.org.