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Scholarship & Mentoring Program

Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) vision is to preserve and celebrate the history of Australian Sport and to inspire all Australians to achieve their potential both in sport and life.

In 2006 the Board introduced the SAHOF Scholarship & Mentoring Program (S&MP) to continue achieving our Vision by seeking to inspire the next generation of young elite Australians to achieve their potential in both sport and life. This program aims to help young elite Australians reach the highest level of their sport by providing financial support and more importantly, unrivalled access to mentoring by a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Member.

Since the program commenced, 58 Members as Mentors have given the opportunity of a lifetime to 87 scholarships (84 athletes) across 36 sports. Many of these Scholarship recipients have gone on to Olympic/Paralympic and World Championship success.

The S&MP is open to Australian junior athletes (U21) to apply and will provide encouragement and funding for approximately 12-14 months to help the successful applicant achieve at the highest level of their sport.

Most importantly, Scholarship Holders will enjoy unrivalled access to personal one-on-one mentoring from a SAHOF Member; surely no greater way to inspire young elite Australian sportspeople to fulfil their potential.

SAHOF is one of Australia’s most prestigious organisations and represents the pinnacle of sporting achievement in Australia, acknowledging sporting greats who have gone beyond and above their sport to achieve cultural significance.

The Scholarship and Mentoring Program is proudly supported by

Watch Poppy Starr Olsen’s (skateboarding) video about her experience as a 2018 SAHOF Scholarship Holder, Mentor Layne Beachley.

Watch Anabelle Smith’s (diving) video about her experience as a 2009 SAHOF Scholarship Holder, Mentor Debbie Watson.

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