Year Awarded: 2018
Sport: Sailing
Scholarship Holders

Nia Jerwood - Sailing

Fremantle Sailing Club’s Nia Jerwood has the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on her radar as she continues her development while competing on the world stage.

The 19-year-old from Perth recently placed 13th overall as part of the Australian team at the 2017 470 world championships in Greece.

Jerwood will receive the opportunity of a lifetime as one of five of Australia’s brightest young stars to receive mentoring from five of Australia’s Hall of Fame members, as part of the 2018 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

“My long-term goal is to continue sailing for Australia and win a medal at the Olympic Games,” Jerwood said.

“I got tired of waiting around on the shore when my older siblings went out sailing, so my parents decided to buy me my first boat at age five.

“They have both sailed all their lives and have been very supportive of my journey in the sport.

“My dad often comes out on the coach boat to give us advice and see what we are up to.”

Jerwood will be mentored by former hockey player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Liane Tooth OAM, who was the first female hockey player to compete at four Olympics.

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity that I have been given to be mentored by Liane,” Jerwood added.

“She is not only a very successful athlete having won two gold medals, but has also dedicated a lot of her time to creating greater opportunities for women in sport.

“I believe I have plenty to learn from Liane and am really looking forward to being inspired.”

For the last five years Jerwood has been coached and mentored by Olympic gold medalist Belinda Stowell, and will now have another experienced voice in her corner.

A two-time Olympic women’s hockey gold medal winner from 1988 and 1996, Tooth was also one of eight Olympic flag bearers at the 2000 Sydney Games.


Nia urges other young sailors to follow her lead and prepare to apply for the SAHOF Scholarship mid-year of every year. Listen to her views:
Nia Jerwood speaks about her SAHOF Scholarship Experience


Click here to read the 2018 Scholarship Media Release from 2017



Honours, Awards & Results

10th - 2017 Sailing World Cup Series (Gamagori Japan)

14th in the World - as at November 2017

2nd - 2017 Sail Melbourne Regatta

Gold - 2017 Sail Sydney

3rd - 2017/2018 420 National Championships

Gold - 2018 420 World Championships, Ladies Division

Mentor:  Liane Tooth OAM

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