Young Australians drivers who dream of making a career in motor sport, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Scholarship & Mentoring Program may be for you.
Since its inauguration in 2006, the program has provided assistance to more than 65 young Australian athletes through $5000 grants, accumulating up to an incredible $350,000.
As well as the grant, the athletes receive a priceless merchandise pack as well one-on-one personal mentoring from SAHOF members that include a host of Australian sporting greats such as Adam Gilchrist AM and Cathy Freeman OAM.
The program’s success is well documented with 15 past recipients representing Australia at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and 17 at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games, while the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games saw the largest amount of graduates compete with 20 overall.
2009 scholarship graduate Annabel Smith received a Bronze medal during the Rio Olympic Games in 2014 in the women’s synchronized 3 metre springboard event.
“The scholarship was such an integral part of my career,” Smith explained.
“To be supported from that junior level when I was just going through the ranks, trying to break into the national level was so important.
“It was also special to know that with my mentor Debbie Watson OAM’s, support and guidance, I was able grow from a young 16-year-old junior athlete to represent Australia in three Commonwealth games and two Olympic games.”
Within the list of SAHOF graduates are two athletes in motor sport – motorcyclist Brad Shaw, who received the scholarship in 2013 and Caleb Grothues, who is now competing in Germany in Motocross after being awarded the scholarship 2017.
CAMS junior license holders are encouraged to apply for the scholarship to help grow their career in motor sport.