Hayden Cotter was awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Hayden was born in sunny QLD and started his career at the Kallangur Swimming Club at just five years old (2006).
In 2018, Hayden won his age race in the National Open Water Championships and Qualified for his first Australian team. Two days later, he won his first Australian Open Title in the 5km. This was all while he was in his final year of high school.
One year after graduating high school (2019), Hayden became a dual capped international athlete. He was made a member of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team as well as the Australian Surf Lifesaving Team. Hayden has multiple open and age Australian Open Water titles over the 5km and 10km distances.
In 2019, Hayden represented Australia at the World Championships and placed ninth in the 5km as well as a fifth in the team event.
2020 was yet again another successful year for Hayden finishing second at the National Open Water Championships (10km) and first in the National Open Junior Water Championships (10km). Shortly after these events, Hayden placed seventh at the World Cup in Doha which made him the first Australian to qualify for the Olympic Open Water. The year was topped off with his third Pier to Pub Championship Title.
Hayden also has a successful Surf Life Saving career. He was part of the Australian Life Saving Team who competed at the 2019 International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) in South Africa. Hayden not only competed, but won several events.
Hayden has multiple Aussies (National Surf Lifesaving Titles) gold medals in various disciplines and was the youngest male in the Open Ironman final in 2021.
Hayden has ambitions outside of his sport which involves being involved in business and commerce, a step he is already taking to reach this is the completion of a Bachelor of Business/Commerce) at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
“To be a successful Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder is something that means so much to me. I have seen the high calibre of successful athletes before me and have seen what they have gone on to do in sport and life. Now to have SAHOF behind me, I know I will receive the help and mentoring to take the next step in my career.” – Hayden Cotter on being selected as a 2022 Tier 2 Scholarship Holder.
“What you put in, is what you get out.”
- 2018: Pier to Pub – Champion
- 2018: National Open Water Championships – Champion, 5km
- 2019: Pier to Pub – Champion
- 2019: World Championships – 9th, 5km, Open Water Swimming
- 2019: World Championships – 5th, Team Event, Open Water Swimming
- 2019: 10km World Cup Taipei – 2nd
- 2020: Pier to Pub – Champion
- 2020: National Open Water Championships – 2nd, 10km
- 2020: National Open Junior Water Championships – 1st, 10km
- 2020: World Cup, Doha – 7th, 10km
- 2021: National Open Water Championships – 3rd, 10km
- 2021: Surf Lifesaving Nationals, Open Ironman – Youngest male ironman competitor (Dean
- Mercer Perpetual Trophy)