World Junior Rowing Champion Harrison ‘Harry’ Fox has been named a Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Scholarship holder for 2022.

Fox is one of 10 tier two scholarship holders and will receive a $5,000 sporting grant plus support and encouragement across the next 14 months from SAHOF and its esteemed member base.

“It’s a massive honour to be named as a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder,” Fox said.

“I’m extremely grateful to be given the resources and support from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and to be part of such an amazing program with so many great present former and current athletes,” he said.

Rowing Australia CEO, Ian Robson, said it was fantastic to see Harry recognised in this group of young athletes.

“As a World Junior Champion, and multiple Australian Rowing Team representative, Harry is developing a good understanding of what it takes to succeed at international level – this support will assist Harry in taking the next step in his sporting career as he aims for Paris 2024 and beyond,” Robson said.

“The whole of the Rowing Australia community is behind Harry, and our Pathway Network (Rowing Australia, Rowing Victoria and Melbourne University Boat Club) will work together to support Harry to help him achieve his goals. Thank you to the SAHOF for recognising Harry’s potential and supporting him on his journey,” he said.

The SAHOF is a leading sports scholarship program, which is supported by Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport. The program awards a total of 32 scholarships each year and provides $150,000 in funding to future stars to support them in their quest for excellence and success on the world stage.

The 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Tier 2 Scholarship Holders are:

Name Age State Sport
Hayden Cotter 20 QLD Surf Life Saving and Open Water Swimming
Natalia Drobot 15 NSW Canoe/Kayak
Harrison ‘Harry’ Fox 20 VIC Rowing
Nikita Hains 20 SA Diving
Amy Lawton 19 WA Hockey
Oceania Mackenzie 19 VIC Sport Climbing
Madeleine ‘Maddie’ McTernan 20 QLD Para-Swimming (S14)
Jake Rynne 18 QLD Lawn Bowls
Thilini ‘Imandi’ Seneviratne 19 VIC Karate
Kyle Willis 20 QLD Para-Cycling (C3)

Sport Australia Hall of Fame Chair John Bertrand AO said: “The Scholarship and Mentoring Program is an incredible opportunity for dream builders. Those young people who dream of higher, further, faster. Mentoring is a key factor in the development of young athletes. These Mentoring roles are not to coach or teach the Scholarship Holder about their sport but rather it is about encouraging a young athlete to take their performances to another level, about facing their fears on the world stage and provided by people who have been there and done it, members of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Sport Australia Hall of Fame, with thanks to Sport Australia and the AIS, since 2006, have been able to provide 141 Scholarships with a total of $650k accompanied with 63 of our Members volunteering their time. We are pleased to welcome an additional 32 athletes to our 2022 Program.

Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program Chair Sue Stanley OAM said: “The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program is now recognised among the most elite Scholarship Programs in Australia, if not the world. Its representation among 32 current and former Scholarship Holders at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021 is testament not only to the Program, but also to the calibre of athletes involved. It’s a program that assists athletes in building success in both life and sport and we are proud to welcome a further ten elite young Australian athletes to the Program, and to assist, motivate and inspire them to achieve their goals.”

The final 16 Scholarship Recipients in the 2022 SAHOF Scholarship and Mentoring Program will be announced next week with the naming of the Tier 3 Scholarship Holders.

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