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Kailey Harlen has been a successful recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.

Kailey, born in 2001 is a Sprint Kayaker from the Northern Beaches of Sydney NSW. Kailey has represented at State level in numerous sports such as soccer, touch football, swimming and athletics but it wasn’t until she took up sprint kayaking in January 2017, at the age of 15, Kailey felt she had found the sport that she really loved and could excel at.

In January 2018 at the NSW Championships and only one year in the kayak, Kailey won all Junior (U18) female events. By March 2018 she won all Junior (U18) female events at the Australian National Championships and was selected on the Australian Team to compete in Bulgaria at the Junior and U23 World Championships where she placed 6th in the A Final.

2019 saw Kailey once again dominate the Junior Division at the Australian National Championships in Perth and secure selection on both the Junior and U23 Teams to compete at the World Championships in Romania. Kailey also competed in the Open Women’s K1 500 m event at the National Championships and qualified for the A Final.  Unfortunately, during the World Championships, Kailey was injured whilst training in Italy and was unable to compete.

In March 2020 Kailey competed in the Open Women’s Division at National Championships and qualified for the A Final in all her events and gained selection on the U23 Team to compete at World Championships in Germany. Kailey narrowly missed selection for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Kailey is currently nationally ranked 5th in both the K1 500 m and K1 200m Open.

Kailey speaks of her selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
I feel extremely honoured, grateful and excited with this opportunity I have been given. With this Scholarship I will be able to purchase items that will have a great impact on my performance and help me progress into elite levels of my sport. The recognition of SAHOF will allow me to create connections with current and past athletes from various sporting codes which will be an exciting and worthwhile experience.”



Birthplace: Wahroonga

Nationality: Australian

Sport: Sprint Kayaking

Disciplines: K1, K2, K4

First Club: Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club

Current Club: NSWIS (NSW Institute of Sport)

Started: 2017, January (15 years old)

Studying: Diploma Sport Management (High Performance)

Aspirations after Sport: Working as a health worker/psychology. To give back to aspiring athletes by volunteering as a coach and be a motivational speaker for school students.



Senior National: 5

Junior International: 6

Junior National: 1


Awards, Honours & Achievements

  • 2020: Open Women’s K1 500 and K1 200 – Nationally ranked #5 in both
  • 2020: U23 World Championship Team – Representative (cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • 2019: Winner of the Junior Paddler of the Year Award – Paddle Australia
  • 2019: Junior and U23 World Championship Teams – Representative (unable to compete due to injury)
  • 2019 & 2018: Australian National Female Junior Champion
  • 2018: Junior World Championships – 6th(A Final, K1 500m)
  • 2018: Personal Excellence Award, NSWIS – Finalist




Bio picture credit: Allan Coker

Last updated 22/09/2020


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