Scholarship boost for SA’s rising stars

Three South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) athletes are among an outstanding group who will receive scholarships as part of this year’s Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Scholarship & Mentoring Program.

Cyclist Maeve Plouffe has been granted a Tier 2 Scholarship and will receive a $5,000 sporting grant, while hockey athlete Hattie Shand and shooting athlete Alex Hoberg have been named as successful recipients of a Tier 3 Scholarship worth $2,500.

These scholarships have been designed to help young Australian athletes reach the highest level of their sport by providing financial support and acknowledging the incredible efforts of junior athletes.

Speaking to her selection within the SAHOF Scholarship & Mentoring Program, Australian track endurance cyclist Maeve believes this will have a huge impact on her Olympic journey to Tokyo.

“It is an honour to join the list of high achieving and admirable past SAHOF Scholarship Holders,” Plouffe said.

“As a young athlete, SAHOF is helping me kickstart my career and will assist me immensely in working towards my dream of gold in the 2021 Olympic Games.”

Under 21 Jillaroos Co-Vice Captain Hattie said being supported financially will ease the load around working part-time to fund her sporting aspirations.

“Being a successful scholarship recipient means that I can continue to balance University study, inspire others and play the sport I love,” Shand said.

“I feel honoured to be recognised amongst other elite athletes from all around the country representing many different sports.

“With this assistance it means I can further develop as a hockey player and as a person, on and off the field.”

Tokyo Olympics bound Alex said being selected for the scholarship amongst other talented athletes has made him feel truly fortunate.

“To become a successful SAHOF scholarship recipient is something that cannot be taken away,” Hoberg said.

“Regardless of anything else that may be happening now or in the future, I will always be a part of the SAHOF family.

“The opportunity to receive funding directly to help with my sports needs is an opportunity second to none as this will be able to help me go above and beyond what could have been possible without the scholarship, and for this I feel truly fortunate.”

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.