Ahead of the sport’s Olympic debut at Paris 2024, 14-year-old break-dancer Jeff Dunne has been named as the youngest of 10 new recipients of a Tier 2 scholarship in Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s Scholarship & Mentoring Program. The 10 athletes, who include three Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games medallists, will each receive a grant of $5,000 plus support from SAHOF and its esteemed member base over the next 15 months.
Who are the scholarship recipients?
The 2023 Tier 2 scholarship recipients are Claudia Bailey (paddle/surf lifesaving), Jeff Dunne (breaking), Tenealle Fasala (water polo), Angus Hincksman (para-athletics), Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva (gymnastics – Birmingham gold and silver medallist), Yangzi Liu (table tennis – Birmingham bronze medallist), Lekeisha Pergoliti (boxing), Cameron Rogers (cycling), Alex Saffy (para-swimming – Birmingham silver medallist) and Dylan Soin (sport climbing).
The SAHOF Scholarship & Mentoring Program – the nation’s top sports scholarship program – is backed by the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport. The program awards annual funding of $150,000 across 32 scholarships to support the next generation of Australia’s sporting stars on their journey to excellence and success in sport.
What were the executive’s thoughts on the program?
Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program Chair, Sue Stanley OAM, said: “Each year I am amazed by the calibre of our applicants. It has been an exciting journey to see past and current scholarship holders compete, especially with the success of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games and most recently the Commonwealth Games.”
“It is a privilege to play a small part in assisting elite young Australian athletes by motivating and inspiring them to achieve their goals.” Sue Stanley OAM further commented.