2023 Sports Hall of Fame Tier 1 Scholarship Holders Announced

2023 Sports Hall of Fame Tier 1 Scholarship Holders Announced

We are excited to be continuing our partnership with Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) as the official SAHOF Scholarship & Mentoring Program recovery equipment provider for 2023.

Six athletes have been selected in Tier 1 of the program and will receive $10,000 from SAHOF to go towards their training and competition, as well as one-on-one mentoring from some of the greats of Australian sport.

The Athletes:

The Tier 1 scholarship recipients are:

Claire Colwill (hockey) who won a silver medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Alyssa Polites (cycling) who was part of the Australian cycling squad in Birmingham.

Mackenzie Mielczarek (athletics – javelin)

Max Stagg (baseball)

Jesse Parkinson (snowboarding)

Stefan Elliott-Shircore (sailing).

These six athletes have each been allocated a mentor each who is a current member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, having been inducted for success in and contribution to their sport.

The 2023 mentors are:

Nat Cook (beach volleyball):
Two-time Olympic medallist, World and Olympic beach volleyball champion, 
Steve Waugh: 
Two-time ICC Cricket World Cup winner, former Australian captain and 2004 
Sharon Buchanan:
Triple Olympian and member of Australia’s first Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team.
Leisel Jones:
Three-time Olympic and 10-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and one of Australia’s most successful swimmers of all time, 
Luc Longley:
Three-time NBA Champion and 1989 Gaze Medallist.
Barton Lynch:
Former ASP World Champion, 1991 Rip Curl Pro winner and Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Member.

Scholarship Holders & Mentors have been paired with:

    • World Cup Hockey bronze medalist and Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Claire Colwill, 18, QLD with Nat Cook OAM.
    • U21 European Sailing Silver Medallist and youngest commercial pilot in Australia, Stefan Elliott-Shircore, 19, WA with Steve Waugh AO.
    • Five-time National Javelin Champion and Oceania Junior Record Holder, Mackenzie Mielczarek, 19, VIC with Sharon Buchanan OAM.
    • Australian Junior Snowboard Champion, from Queensland, Jesse Parkinson, 17, QLD with Barton Lynch.
    • Commonwealth Games representative and three-time National Cycling Record Holder, Alyssa Polites, 19, SA with Leisel Jones OAM.
    • Australian Baseball League player and first Australian to receive an invitation to attend the Perfect Game National Showcase, Max Stagg, 18, SA (Luc Longley AM).
Besides making sure the young athletes have access to premium recovery equipment, we will also actively contribute to building a sound understanding of the various recovery and self-care methods that can make all the difference throughout their sporting careers.
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