Darcie Morton has been a successful recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Darcie grew up in Marlo in far East Gippsland and now studies Medical Science through ANU. Darcie’s international sporting career began in her preteens in the sport of table tennis and represented Victoria, Australia and Oceania at the 2012 World Cadet Championship in Slovenia.
At the age of 15 Darcie then chose to follow in the path of her brother, Damon Morton and concentrate on Cross Country (X C) Skiing and Biathlon, going on to achieve 16th in the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in Biathlon, and in the same year placing 16th in the World Youth Junior Championships.
In 2017 and 2018 Darcie was the No.1 Australian Open Junior Female in X C Skiing and went on to represent Australia at the 2018 X C World Junior Championships in Finland, while also having competed in the Biathlon WYJCH in the same year as well as 2015, 2016 and 2019.
In 2017 Darcie was also one of the first Australians to compete in the Sapporo Asian Winter Games. Leading up to the event, Darcie was challenged by chronic sinusitis, which she has since overcome through strict self-management and taking a break from back to back winters to train with an Austrian Ski Club over the 2019 European summer.
Darcie will be based in Sweden over the 2020/2021 season towards qualifying for the 2021 World U23 X C Championships and World Biathlon Championships.
Outside of her sporting career Darcie is working towards her dream career of working in the field of animal care and rehabilitation as a veterinarian. To achieve this, she is currently doing an undergraduate Medical Science degree at ANU and after graduation, she intends to study a Postgraduate Doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine at Melbourne University.
Darcie speaks of her selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
“I am extremely grateful to have been welcomed into SAHOF as a successful Scholarship recipient as it provides me with encouragement and belief to continue my relentless pursuit to be the best athlete and person possible. A belief that I am part of a greater legacy, which is the SAHOF and collectively we represent the spirit and essence of being a hard-working, Australian athletes. This Scholarship will directly support me with the costs of traveling overseas to race internationally, providing me the opportunity to gain qualification points towards Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.”
Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Disciplines: Sprint Freestyle, Free Style Distance, Classic Distance
First started: 2010
Studying: Undergraduate Degree Medical Science
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2019: World Junior Cross-Country Championships, Finland – 76th 5km skate & 62nd 15km mass start classic
- 2018 & 2017: Australian Open Junior Female – 1
- 2018 & 2017: Australian Birkebeiner 21km, Falls Creek – 1 (XC Skiing)
Bio picture credit: Adrian Blake
Last updated 29/09/2020