Sade first started competition Tournament Water skiing when she was six years old with her first nationals at just eight years old and first international tournament four years later (at 12 years old). Sade currently lives in Roma QLD with her family and is one of Tournament Water Ski Australia’s top athlete with an impressive medal haul at the young age of 16 (as at September 2019).
She grew up in Outback Queensland and has a passion for sport and her community. She is the recipient of Maranoa’s Australia Day Junior Sports Award. In 2014 Sade won her first National Title at Australian Junior Masters.
More success followed with several national and international tournaments. 2018/2019 Sade took a huge step up on the international stage with 7 Australian Junior Records, 5 Junior Moomba Titles, 1 Junior World Title – Jump Gold Medallist, 1 Junior World Overall Bronze metal, 2 U21 Worlds Bronze Medals and 2019 Open Worlds Championships slalom and jump finalist. Sade looks forward to her development as an athlete as she aspires for more sporting accolades while enjoying the people she meets along the way.
Sade: “To be recognised as a recipient of the SAHOF Scholarship Program is definitely an honour. I feel extremely privileged to be recognised as a junior athlete making positive steps in Australian sport.
To have an Australian great mentoring me in this next year is definitely going to give me the best opportunity to grow and step it up a gear both personally and as an athlete. Mindset is the biggest part of the game and I’m excited to get started.”
Mentor Kristy Munroe AM (Surf Life Saving)
“I’m really excited to have this opportunity to mentor Sade Ferguson, through this wonderful program that matches athletes across different sports.
We hear so often ‘I wish I knew then what I know now’ and the SAHOF Scholarship and Mentoring Program provides a platform to share our experiences with these incredible rising stars. The challenges of competing on a world stage as a teenager is something I’m very honoured to be able to help Sade with.”
NSO Quote: Grant Barnett President Water Ski & Wakeboard Australia & Stafford Scott Chairman Tournament Water Ski Australia
“The selection of Sade for this prestigious Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship award has delighted all of Australian water skiing. We’re so glad to see our nomination of Sade being successful for such an award, as we couldn’t think of anyone else in any sport in Australia that is more deserving.
Sade’s dedication and commitment over the past 3-4 years has seen her move from a young upcoming Australian Junior to a genuine future star of our sport on the world stage. We’re excited to see what comes next for Sade, especially with the support and influence her mentorship from Kristy Munroe will bring. Congratulations Sade, well deserved, and we are all super proud of you!”
What does integrity mean to me?
“To me integrity means following your morals and doing the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching. Being true to yourself and doing nothing that dishonours you.”
Disciplines: Slalom, trick, jump
First started competing: 6 years old
International Senior Ranking: 23
International Junior Ranking: 1
National Senior Ranking: 2
National Junior Ranking: 1 (as at September 2019)
Favourite Quote: “You’ll never regret giving it 100%”
The first water skier since the Program commenced in 2006.
Honours, Awards & Results
2019 Junior USA Masters Jump Champion
2019 Australian Open Women’s Jump, Trick & Overall Champion
2019 Australian U17 Slalom Record Holder
2019 Junior Moomba Masters Slalom, Jump & Overall Champion
2018 U17 Junior Jump World Champion