Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarships for Littlehales and Harlen

Paralympian Dylan Littlehales (NSWIS, Avoca Kayak Club) and up and coming canoe sprint paddler Kailey Harlen (NSWIS, Sydney Northern Beaches) are amongst the 26 outstanding young athletes from across Australia who will receive scholarships as part of this year’s Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.

Dylan Littlehales, who finished fourth at last year’s ICF Paracanoe World Championships in the KL3 200 and is the youngest team member of Paddle Australia’s leading paracanoe squad, was honoured to receive a Tier 2 Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship.

“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,” Littlehales said who is preparing for the Tokyo 2020+1 Paralympic Games.

The SHOF 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 ten 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, including Kailey Harlen, who was on the Junior Team last year and made her first U23 kayak team this year.

“I feel extremely honoured, grateful and excited with this opportunity I have been given. With this Scholarship I will be able to purchase items that will have a great impact on my performance and help me progress into elite levels of my sport. The recognition of SAHOF will allow me to create connections with current and past athletes from various sporting codes which will be an exciting and worthwhile experience.”

Sport Australia Chair John Wylie AM said the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program showed the collective power of sport.

“From artistic swimming to modern pentathlon to judo, these scholarships will help more young athletes from across Australia reach the highest level of their sport. This program provides financial support and acknowledges the incredible efforts of our junior athletes, who’ve shown compassion, athletic drive and determination to chase their sporting dreams.”

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.”

Tier 3 Scholarship Holders:

NAME                         AGE     STATE  SPORT

Ben Booth                   18        QLD     Volleyball

Erin Classen                 16        WA      Squash

Will Cooley                  18        TAS      Sailing

Katja Dedekind           19        QLD     Swimming (Para)

Charlotte Derbyshire  19        QLD     Triathlon

Kailey Harlen              19        NSW    Canoe/Kayak

Alex Hoberg                19        SA        Shooting

Alysha Koloi                19        QLD     Diving

Maleah Lang-McMahon16     QLD     Equestrian

Jamieson Leeson         17        NSW    Boccia (Para)

Darcie Morton             20        VIC       Cross Country Skiing

Abigail Paduch             20        NSW    Judo

Hattie Shand               20        SA        Hockey

Brendon Smith            20        VIC       Swimming/Surf Life Saving

Heath Thorpe              20        QLD     Gymnastics

Tom Toparis                20        NSW    Motorcycling

Scholarships would normally be presented at the annual Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, however, given current restrictions, the Scholarship Holders and Mentors will be meeting virtually until circumstances change.

Last year, canoe sprint paddler Tom Green (QLD) received a Tier 1 Scholarship and was mentored by Olympic champion Grant Hackett OAM.

Read about this year’s SHOF Tier 1 Scholarship Holders who each receive a $10,000 sporting grant and will be mentored by an Australian sporting icon here.

Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holders Profiles: