Natalia Drobot was awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Natalia was born in Sydney and, as a child, loved competing in many disciplines of sport. Natalia competed in 15 different sports over the course of 8 years from gymnastics to springboard diving to AFL to surfing. It wasn’t until Natalia started sprint kayaking at 13 years old in 2018 where she had found her true passion.
Natalia knew immediately that she could excel in kayaking due to the fact there are limited variables and performance relies on an individual’s strength, technique, speed and power.
In January 2020 at the NSW Championships and only a year and a half in the kayak, Natalia won both the U16’s K1 500m and 1000m and went up an age to come second in the U18’s 200m. By March 2020 she had won all U16 female events at the Australian National Championships and was selected on the Australian Team to compete in the Asia Pacific regatta in Japan and the Olympic Hopes in Hungary. Unfortunately, both these international events were cancelled due to Covid19.
Despite her young age, Natalia was chosen to be a part of the Paris 24 squad, a Paddle Australia initiative to develop up and coming paddlers to the elite level.
In 2021, Natalia dominated the Junior Division (U18’s) at only 16 at the Australian National Championships in Adelaide and secured selection on the Australian Junior Team to compete at the World Championships in Portugal. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 this event was also cancelled.
Natalia, the low ponytail plait wearing super star is looking forward to competing internationally and aspires to work in sports nutrition/dietetics and share her knowledge and passion of kayaking and other sports to younger generations and encourage them to participate and get active.
“Being a recipient of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship is a humbling and gratifying feeling. It will allow me to excel into the elite level of my sport with the financial assistance and support. I am truly honored to be recognized amongst other elite athletes representing different sports around Australia. Receiving this scholarship will enable me to further develop as an athlete and assist me on my personal journey towards success.” – Natalia Drobot on being selected as a 2022 Tier 2 Scholarship Holder.
- 2020: Junior Asia Pacific and Olympic Hopes Championship Team – Representative (Covid19 cancelled)
- 2021: Paddle Australia Sprint Canoe/Kayak National Championships – gold, U18 200m
- 2021: Paddle Australia Sprint Canoe/Kayak National Championships – gold, U18 500m
- 2021: Paddle Australia Sprint Canoe/Kayak National Championships – gold, U18 1000m
- 2021: Paddle Australia Sprint Canoe/Kayak National Championships – silver, Open K4 500m
- 2021: Surf Lifesaving Australian Championships – gold, U17 Individual Ski
- 2021: Junior World Championships – U18s Representative (Covid19 cancelled)