Chair John Bertrand AO congratulates all Sport Australia Hall of Fame Winter Olympian and Winter Paralympian Scholarship Holders.
We have much to be proud of. The Australian team consisted of 43 Olympians, five of which are Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holders. In addition, ten Australian Paralympians competed, one of which was a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder.
Scholarship Holder Tess Coady, at 21, became Australia’s youngest female medallist when she won the bronze in the Women’s Slopestyle in Beijing, as well as placing ninth on the women’s Big Air in week two of the Games.
Scholarship Holder Cooper Woods placed 6th in his first Olympic Games.
Nearly a decade since he carried the Australian flag at the Sochi Games as a 14-year-old, newly-crowned Paralympic bronze medallist and SAHOF Scholarship Holder Ben Tudhope, was named the nation’s flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony of Paralympic Games.
In true humble Ben form, he said: “I’m just proud to be an Aussie and I’m proud to be on this team.”
A superb outcome for a country, prior to the Geoff Henke Training Institute, whose athletes practised in what looked more like a farm dam than an Olympic training facility – and provided all the creatures a farm dam would contain. One look of it would steer anyone away but not our athletes. Their dreams and drive grew. From a non-traditional ‘Winter’ country, all of you have done so well and we are all so proud of you.
The Hall of Fame, and our country as a whole, are so proud of our six Scholarship Holders for the way they conducted themselves. They represented our country in Sir Donald Bradman’s words with courage, determination, humility, and honour.
We now shift our focus to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, then of course we head to Paris 2024 and before we know it, our home Games in Brisbane in 2032 will be on our doorstep.
John Bertrand AO
Chair – Sport Australia Hall of Fame
SAHOF Scholarship Holders at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games
2021 T1 Scholarship Holder
Mentor: Susie O’Neill AM
Result: Snowboard Cross 18th & Mix Team Snowboard Cross 13th
2017 Scholarship Holder
Mentor: Kerri Pottharst OAM
Result: Single Figure Skating 29th
2019 Scholarship Holder
Mentor: Nick Green OAM
Result: Snowboard Slopestyle Bronze
Result: Snowboard Big Air 9th
2022 T1 Scholarship Holder
Mentor: John Eales AM
Result: Moguls 6th
SAHOF Scholarship Holder, Ben Tudhope at the Beijing Winter Paralympic Games
March 4 – 13, 2022
2018 T1 Scholarship Holders
Mentor: Nick Farr-Jones AM
Result: Snowboard Cross Bronze
Result: Banked Slalom 9th
A big boost in infrastructure delivered to 11 sports
The Australian Government and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) have delivered a big boost to 11 National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), awarding more than $1.15m for sporting infrastructure projects around the country.
Following a record medal haul at the Beijing Winter Olympics, Snow Australia is one of the 11 sports set to benefit from the latest round of the AIS’s $2.5 million Small NSO Infrastructure Grant program.
The grant to Snow Australia will fund new gym equipment and infrastructure at the National Snowsports Training Centre in Jindabyne. It is among a host of projects, including a soft-land air-bag for Diving Australia in Brisbane, video equipment for Wheelchair Rugby in Melbourne, specialist training mats for Judo Australia and electronic daily training equipment for Artistic Swimming in Perth. [Read more]