Zac Littlewood was awarded a Tier 1 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program and was paired with Steve Hooker OAM as his Mentor.
Zac was born in Perth and started sailing as an eight-year-old, in 2009 at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
In 2012, Zac was selected in his first junior national team and won his first Australian National Championships two years later. He went on to win five more National titles.
When he was 18, Zac became Australia’s youngest open world champion after winning the Laser Radial Men’s World Championships in Germany.
After this feat, Zac went on to complete at the 2018 World Sailing Youth Championships, only one person per country is selected to compete at this event, the sailing equivalent to the ‘youth Olympics’. He not only competed; Zac brought home a bronze medal. In the same event in 2019, Zac won silver.
From those successes, Zac started the transition to the Olympic Class, the Laser Standard.
Under the guidance of Belinda Stowell, Zac began 2021 with entry into the Australian Sailing Squad, under Michael Blackburn. Six months later, he won his second World Title at the U21 World Championships in Poland. This achievement re-qualified him for the Australian Sailing Squad and officially made him ranked #1 junior internationally.
Zac aspires to be an Olympic medalist and the best laser sailor in the world. He is also academically successful with a business degree major in human resource management and marketing.
Passionate about psychology and mental health, Zac hopes to be involved in providing awareness and support around mental health – both in a sporting environment and in everyday life.
“I was incredibly happy and honoured to find out that I was chosen as a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Tier 1 recipient for 2022. Looking at all the past winners of the Scholarship and what they have achieved after receiving this support, is a real inspiration and motivation for myself. Having access to Steve Hooker who has reached the pinnacle of his sport is exciting and I look forward to learning as much as I can from his experiences as well as his feedback on what I can do better as an athlete and how to increase sponsorship and funding.” – Zac Littlewood on being selected as a 2022 Tier 1 Scholarship Holder.
- 2018: Laser Radial Men’s World Championships – Champion
- 2018: World Sailing Youth Championships – Bronze
- 2018: Laser Radial – Australian National and Oceania Championships – Champion
- 2019: Laser Radial – Australian National and Oceania Championships – Champion
- 2019: World Sailing Youth Championships – Silver
- 2019: Laser Radial Youth World Championships – 7th
- 2020: Laser Radial Men’s World Championships – 7th
- 2021: Under 21 Laser World Championships – Champion