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Year Awarded: 2017
Sport: Equestrian
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Elloise Devlin - Equestrian

Elloise grew up on the Sunshine Coast where she developed a passion for horses and horse riding. 

Progressing through pony club, to interschool, and since 2010, open dressage competitions. In 2010, Elloise won her first state and national dressage titles at the interschool championships in Sydney, marking the beginning of a successful future to come.

In 2013, Elloise moved onto her mother’s (Sally) homebred 17.2hh gelding, Brimstone Anakiwa (aka Sam), who was broken in and trained by Sally (Devlin) up until Elloise took over the ride. The pair have progressed through the levels of Medium to competing in the Under 25 Grand Prix. Competing against professionals and international horses, the pair consistently place in state, national and internationally recognised competitions.

Elloise’s ultimate goal is to compete at the World Equestrian Games and/or the Olympics. The pair will be competing at the Australian National Dressage Championships at the Sydney International Equestrian Center in mid-October, to compete in the U25 Big Tour Championships.

In 2016 Elloise was awarded one of the five SAHOF Scholarships.

“I was genuinely shocked. I was so excited to hear that I had won this amazing opportunity. I had to keep asking them ‘are you serious’?”

“It’s going to be such a great chance to be able to get advice and the knowledge from someone that’s had the experience – even if it is in another discipline, it will help me understand so much more.”

Elloise has since travelled throughour Europe to train and expand her knowledge of the training of dressage.

 

Elloise's outlook on the SAHOF Scholarship & Mentoring Program:

“My mentoring with Kieren was very beneficial in several cases, including when I was making decisions that influenced my possible opportunities, time frames, and mental state (for in training and dealing with things such as home sickness and the pressures of the work I was doing). The vice that he gave me really benefited my decisions and outlook on many situations, and I am very lucky to have had the access to such knowledge and wisdom.

The past year has been the best year of my life, and the most influential. Along with the support and encouragement of my family and friends, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame has also made a great impact on my development as an athlete.

This Scholarship has given me the ability to meet and learn from some of our countries best sports people, as well as assisting me in my growth as an athlete. I would highly recommend all athletes, from all sports to apply for this fantastic scholarship; it is an opportunity of a lifetime for young athletes, and one not to be forgotten.”

 

Mentor:  Kieren Perkins OAM
Hero:  Charlotte Dujardin

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