Benjamin ‘Ben’ Booth is a volleyball player who was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Ben was born in Hornsby, NSW, in 2002, and moved with his family to Brisbane. He started his sporting journey in the backyard of his Brisbane home with his brothers and played many sports at Wishart State Primary School including swimming, football and tennis. He then gravitated towards volleyball in high school.
Ben was selected for many state and national teams throughout his teenage years and was chosen as school captain of Mansfield State High School in 2019. While managing the responsibilities of school leader, he also won gold at the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships and was part of the Queensland Pirates team which won the Australian Open Volleyball Championships.
In 2020, he was chosen to compete in the U/19 Asian Beach Volleyball Championships as a qualification tournament for the world championships, which was postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19.
Ben is now a High-Performance Athlete and Coach with the Queensland Academy of Sport volleyball program and is studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Griffith University.
“It is a huge honour to be among the recipients of the SAHOF Scholarship. To be a part of the SAHOF family, along with countless Australian sporting heroes and Legends, is surreal. Receiving this award and grant is a testament to the countless hours spent dedicated to becoming the best athlete I can be, and I am grateful for this recognition. This award is a great opportunity to meet and connect with others like myself, pursuing their sporting dreams.” – Ben Booth on being selected as a 2021 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020: Asian Volleyball Confederation – U19 Beach Volleyball Championships
- 2019: Australian Open Volleyball Championships – Champion, QLD Pirates
- 2019: Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships – National Champion
- 2021: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 3
Bio picture credit: Credit Rogue Gun