The Sport Australia Hall of Fame have announced the 26 Tier 2 and Tier 3 recipients of their Scholarship & Mentoring Program, including four athletes from the NSW Institute of Sport.
Mogul Skier Cooper Woods and Paralympian kayaker Dylan Littlehales both received Tier 2 funding of $5,000, whilst sailor Will Cooley and canoe sprint athlete Kailey Harlen have each been granted Tier 3 Scholarships worth $2,500.
Cooper Woods was honoured to be awarded a SAHOF Scholarship.
“To be able to work alongside and be supported by a wonderful organisation is a confidence builder.
SAHOF has supported some of the best athletes in the world and I’m beyond happy to be a part of their Scholarship Program.”
Dylan Littlehales knows this additional support will help him excel.
“It is a tremendous honour for myself to become a part of the SAHOF family and be recognised for my achievement on and off the water.”
“I look forward to taking my performance to the next level with the support of SAHOF.”
The news follows yesterday’s announcement of the Tier 1 recipients, which includes NSWIS snowboarder Josie Baff.
The program is supported by Australian Government funding from Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and has grown from offering five scholarships since it began in 2006 to offering a total of 32 funded scholarships in 2021.
Ten Tier 2 Scholarships have been granted to young athletes from 10 different sports, who will each receive a $5,000 sporting grant.
A further 16 young athletes, from seven states and territories, have been granted Tier 3 Scholarships and will each receive a $2,500 sporting grant.
Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program Chair Sue Stanley OAM said she is pleased that the expansion of the Program can provide an additional 26 Australian junior athletes access to financial support.
“We couldn’t be happier to be able to provide this additional support especially during this time of uncertainty.
“To provide hope and encouragement to such a large group of athletes is a gift that we are exceptionally proud to give.”