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2023 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program NOW OPEN!

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Scholarship and Mentoring Program was introduced to support the desire of our Members as Mentors, to leave a legacy that’s greater than their sporting achievements alone.

Our Mentors’ unique value is their ability to be role models, not just to those looking to follow in their athletic footsteps, but also in the broader community. People from all walks of life can learn from them about mindset, and use their values of perseverance and commitment to achieve their own goals in life and in sport.

The SAHOF Scholarship & Mentoring Program sits among the most elite programs in Australia, if not the world. Connecting the nation’s next generation of athletic talent with the greats of Australian sport and providing Tier 1 Scholarship Holders with unrivalled access to one-on-one mentoring from a SAHOF Member; a once in a life time opportunity.

The Program, with thanks to Sport Australia, and now in its 17th year, has a three tiered system, offering 32 Scholarships in total to Australian athletes aged between 15 – 21.

Please note: All unsuccessful Tier 1 and Tier 2 applicants will be automatically considered for Tier 3 Scholarships. Each Scholarship will apply from selection date until December 31, 2023. All applicants must meet eligibility criteria before submitting. Terms and conditions apply.

Tier 1 Inclusions

Six successful recipients will each receive:

  • One-on-one personal mentoring from a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Member
  • $10,000 sporting expense grant
  • Merchandise and Recovery Equipment
  • An invitation to attend an event to meet fellow Scholarship Holders and Members

Tier 2 Inclusions

Ten successful recipients will each receive:

  • $5,000 sporting expense grant
  • Merchandise and Recovery Equipment

Tier 3 Inclusions

Sixteen successful recipients will each receive:

  • $2,500 sporting expense grant
  • Merchandise and Recovery Equipment

S&MP Sponsor Update

Athlete mentors supporting sport’s Reconciliation journey

Four First Nations athlete mentors will work with 10 athlete ambassadors as part of the Australian Institute of Sport’s 2022 Share a Yarn program, which aims to actively promote Reconciliation through sport.

In its third year, AIS Share a Yarn enhances athlete knowledge and understanding of First Nations culture, helping them to become advocates within their own sporting communities.  

The First Nations athlete mentors are: Australia’s first Indigenous Olympic basketballer Danny Morseu; multiple Australian representative Tanisha Stanton; former Australian netballer Josie Janz-Dawson; and two-time Olympic boxer Brad Hore.

The mentors will help the 10 athlete ambassadors roll out important initiatives with their sport such as developing Reconciliation Action Plans, immersing First Nations culture into sporting events or delivering talks on racial discrimination. 

Olympic race walker Beki Smith, a Yuin woman, was an inaugural Share a Yarn athlete ambassador and now coordinates the program for the AIS. 

“It’s wonderful to see athletes from all different backgrounds nominate themselves to be part Share a Yarn so they can learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, engage with communities and actively promote Reconciliation through sport,” Smith said.

The 2022 Share a Yarn athlete ambassadors are: Marina Carrier (Modern Pentathlon); Jamie-Lee Price (Netball); Breeana Walker (Bobsleigh); Nic Kyriazis (Archery); Trevor Hirth (Para Table Tennis); Gabrielle Ash (Freestyle Aerial Skier); Sally Phillips (Basketball); Alex Rossi (Rowing); Natalie Curtis (Wheelchair Basketball); Claire Durston (Water Polo)

For more on Share a Yarn go to Share a Yarn | Australian Institute of Sport (ais.gov.au)

BLACKROLL®️ supports young athletes to become their best

Supporting young athletes to become the best versions of themselves is at the core of BLACKROLL®’s mission. After receiving amazing feedback from last year’s Scholarship Holders, SAHOF are excited to again partner with BLACKROLL® as the official Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program recovery equipment provider.

Together with BLACKROLL® we are making sure the new group of Scholarship Holders are well equipped with tools and knowledge for their daily sports preparation and recovery needs. The practicality, effect, simplicity and light weight of the BLACKROLL® equipment was most appreciated by our young athletes and the 2023 Scholarship Holders will receive the same proven package of tools and knowledge to take onto their journey.

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