The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) is continuing its commitment to young athletes, awarding a further $40,000 in elite scholarships to 16 rising stars in the 2024 Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Among the recipients is 19-year-old Australia para-triathlete, Jack Howell.
Howell, who was born without a left hand and is classified as an amputee, is ranked sixth in the PTS5 Men World Triathlon Para Rankings and has established himself as one of the rising stars of the sport by securing back-to-back silver medals on the World Triathlon Para Series circuit.
“It is such an honour to be selected as a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship recipient,” Howell said.
“The scholarship shows me that others believe in me and my ability to strive for greatness in my sport. I am so grateful for the support towards extensive costs and support to be the best athlete I can be.”
AusTriathlon Paralympic Performance Manager Kyle Burns said he’s thrilled Howell’s aspirations being backed.
“Jack is an athlete and human who is mature beyond his years and has earned his place amongst the next generation of stars in Australian para-triathlon,” Burns said.
“We are delighted to see his dreams supported through the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring program as he looks to continue his trajectory towards representing Australia at the Paralympic Games and beyond.”
The Tier 3 scholarship group covers 16 sports, with each athlete receiving a grant of $2,500 plus support from SAHOF and its esteemed member base over the next 15 months.
Over the last three weeks, 32 Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarships covering 28 sports have been announced, supporting the next generation of Australia’s sporting stars on their journey to excellence and success in sport and in life.
As the nation’s leading sports scholarship program, backed by the Australian Sports Commission incorporating the Australian Institute of Sport, $150,000 of funding has been awarded this year to the recipients for use on resources to help them achieve greatness in their chosen sport. As well as funding via a sporting expenses grant, all three tiers include SAHOF encouragement and support via various initiatives throughout the program. All three tiers are also provided with merchandise from SAHOF’s partners BLACKROLL® and Grip Star Socks.
Sport Australia Hall of Fame Chief Executive Officer, Adrianne Sarkozy, said: “The Scholarship and Mentoring Program is a unique and powerful program which has seen many of our athletes go on to achieve success on the world stage. We are so grateful to be able to provide these 32 scholarships to help these young athletes chase their sporting dreams.
“This year we had almost 300 applicants from over 50 sports, which is a testament to the importance and popularity of the program. These scholarships really are a once in a lifetime opportunity to receive not only financial support but encouragement and guidance from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and our members via various initiatives throughout the program.
“The level of talent amongst these young athletes is incredible and I am particularly excited this year to follow the journeys of our new and past Scholarship holders.
“We welcome all 32 athletes into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame family and look forward to providing them with the support, guidance and exclusive opportunities that come from aligning with us.”