Snowboarder Josie Baff has been awarded a grant from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame which will see her receive mentoring from swimming great Susie O’Neill.
Josie Baff (NSWIS) won Australia’s first gold medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games this year. It follows a successful 2019, where she won the Canadian Junior Nationals and also finished on the podium at the Australian New Zealand Cup and NorAm.
Baff joins six young athletes who have been partnered with some of Australian sport’s most iconic names through the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
“It is so powerful to have access to one-on-one mentoring with Susie O’Neill who is such an incredible and knowledgeable athlete who is going to be able to guide me through not only my sporting career but my life outside of sport as well,” said Baff.
The athletes each receive a $10,000 sporting grant and will be personally mentored by Australian sporting champions including Olympic gold medallists, national captains and World Cup winners.
NSW Institute of Sport Cycling Performance Manager Brad McGee is one of those sporting champions, and he will mentor BMX cyclist Oliver Moran.
“I look forward to working with Oliver as he progresses along his journey,” said Brad McGee.
“I will dig deep to draw on and share my experiences. I expect many personal learnings as we dive into the current and future needs of a young high-performance athlete, from regional NSW, ready to take on the world”.
Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program symbolised the important inspiration and legacy sport provides.
“This program is a fantastic example of how our sporting heroes of the past can continue to influence and inspire our champions of the future,” Minister Colbeck said.
“This group of Mentors contains combined experience of 11 Olympic Games and 16 Olympic medals, World Cups victories in rugby and cricket, a yellow-jersey leader in the Tour de France. They’re active sporting careers are complete, but they continue to contribute to the enduring power of Australian sport by mentoring the next generation.
“I thank the mentors for your leadership on this program and I wish the young athletes the very best with your sporting ambitions.”
- Susie O’Neill AM (Swimming)
- George Gregan AM (Rugby Union)
- Ricky Ponting AO (Cricket)
- Kerri Pottharst OAM (Beach Volleyball)
- Brad McGee OAM (Cycling)
- Debbie Watson OAM (Water Polo)
- Josie Baff (NSW, 17, Snowboarding)
- Ari Gesini (ACT, 17, Para-Athletics)
- Jed Morgan (QLD, 20, Golf)
- Marissa Williamson (VIC, 18, Boxing)
- Oliver Moran (NSW, 18, BMX)
- Molly Picklum (NSW, 17, Surfing)