Australian Junior Athletes (u21) are invited to apply for the 2019 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Scholarship and Mentoring Program, which commenced in 2006, was bred from the desire of our Member’s to leave a legacy greater than their sporting achievements alone.
Their value as role models, not only to those that want to follow in their athletic footsteps, but also to the broader community who can learn from their mindset, perseverance and commitment to achieve their own life’s goals is unique.
The Program, proudly supported by Victoria University is one of the most exceptional in this country, if not the world as it personally connects the nation’s next wave of talent with these great Australian sporting role models, providing unrivaled access to and personal one-on-one mentoring from an Inducted SAHOF Member; surely no greater way to inspire young sportspeople to fulfill their potential.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program consists of:
- One-on-one personal mentoring by an Inducted SAHOF Member
- A $5,000 sporting expenses grant
- On stage presentation of the Scholarship at the SAHOF Induction & Awards Gala Dinner at the Palladium at Crown Melbourne, October
- SAHOF Scholarship merchandise pack
- ‘The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder’ logo for agreed use
- Strictly five Scholarships awarded
Since the introduction of the Program in 2006, over 71 young Australian athletes (Scholarship List) across 33 sports have benefited from the opportunity of a lifetime to draw on the experience and wisdom of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Members in addition to the valuable cash grant.
Scholarship holders have been privileged to be mentored by such Australian sporting greats as; Catherine Freeman OAM, Susie O’Neill AM, Rechelle Hawkes AM, Adam Gilchrist AM, Robert de Castella AO MBE, Bruce McAvaney OAM, Nick Farr-Jones AM, Andrew Gaze AM, Mick Doohan AM and SAHOF Chairman, John Bertrand AO.
The success of this Program is outstanding, with 20 past Scholarship recipients representing Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, 17 at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 5 at the Winter 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games and 15 at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Chairman John Bertrand AO who was Mentor to 2013 Scholarship Holder and 2012 Olympic Silver Medallist, Olivia Price, said; “the Mentoring is a money can’t buy opportunity. The impact of the Mentoring on our Scholarship Holders has been profound”.
Poppy Starr Olsen, 2018 Scholarship and Mentoring Program recipient, who is being Mentored by Layne Beachley AO, stated “One of the best things about the SAHOF Scholarship is it gives me the opportunity to be mentored by Layne Beachley, an incredible athlete with so much knowledge.
Layne has already provided me with a wealth of information and advice that I have been using for the past eight months. I have found her knowledge incredibly helpful especially in the lead up and throughout competitions.”
Watch Poppy’s video about her experience as a SAHOF Scholarship Holder here: Poppy Starr Olsen
Watch Anabelle Smiths video about her experience as a SAHOF Scholarship Holder here: Anabelle Smith
Each Scholarship will apply from 11th October 2018 – 31st December 2019.
The eligibility criteria and nomination forms are available here: Nomination & Criteria Information.
2019 applications close Monday 9th July 2018
Editorial and Photos supplied by The Sport Australia Hall of Fame