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Year Awarded: 2017
Sport: Swimming / Surf Life Saving
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Bradley Woodward - Swimming / Surf Life Saving

Bradley Woodward is an extrodinary athlete not only in one sport but with two. Brad is a succeful ethlite athlete in both swimming and Surf Life Saving, with his main event being the 200m backstroke.

Brad applied for one of the 2017 Scholarships and stated; “I was stoked – I didn’t expect to get in. I put my name down because I saw the people that had come through the program in the past”.

“They’re all incredible sportsmen and sportswomen so I was over the moon when I heard that I’d been accepted into the program".

Brad also falling into the category of an incredible successful sportsman.

Part of the Scholarship includes an assigned SAHOF Member to each Scholar.

“I’ve never met Clint, but I’ve obviously followed his achievements and everything he’s done. He was at the pinnacle of surf life saving and his kayaking was amazing.”

"I can’t wait to learn from him as I’m sure he will have so much to offer. The Mentoring Program is all about the extra help. They’ve done what I’m hoping to do and that’ll certainly help with my pathway,” Woodward said. 

 

Mentor - Clint Robinson OAM (Canoe / KayakSurf Life Saving)

“The thing that’s important to share is what it takes to be elite, understand what the 1% are that make the difference”, Robinson said.

“It’s crucial to maintain a balance, moderate all the things you do in life and all the things you need to do to be elite – it’s about performance but also about living. A lot of people do that poorly and it’s also about life after sport because that’s super important as well. If you do that well then you can live a good life with balance.”

“Surf Lifesaving led me to kayaking but we’d never had an Olympic champion in the sport”, he says.

“If you want to achieve the ultimate then there’s nothing bigger than the Olympics but that’s going to require some serious dedication and thousands of hours in the pool. If you want to stay in life saving then that’s a great sport. His dreams will dictate where he wants to go”, Robinson said.

 

 

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard" - Woody

Mentor:  Clint Robinson OAM

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.