Tayla Hanak 2016 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship

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Story by Surfing SA.

South Australia’s Tayla Hanak has long idolised seven-time surfing world champion Layne Beachley AO, and will now be guided through the next year by her childhood hero.

Beachley turned professional at the age of 16, and will be the perfect sounding board for 18-year-old Hanak.

“When I reflect on my career, I must admit, my strength and my point of difference was my mindset, and I’ve learned a lot from the mistakes that I’ve made and the victories that I’ve had,” Beachley said.

“I look forward to imparting that knowledge onto Tayla, to ensure that her journey to success, no matter that that looks like, is a lot more of a smoother ride than what I had.”

“I know she is a hard worker and a very committed athlete.”

The under 18 Australian surfing champion has just begun competing in the world qualifying series, as she chases her dream to follow in Beachley’s footsteps and make it onto the women’s championship tour.

“I’ve always looked up to her,” Hanak said.

“I’m at the start of the journey and she’s at the other end. I have so many things I need to overcome with my surfing to get where I need to be, and I think Layne is really going to be able to help me.“

Successful scholarship recipients will receive one-on-one personal mentoring by a current Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, in what is a unique and life changing experience. Recipients will also be awarded a $5,000 sporting expenses grant, as well as one international return economy flight thanks to Etihad Airways.

Five of Australia’s brightest young stars will receive mentoring from five of Australia’s greatest athletes, as part of the 2016 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program aims to help talented young Australians achieve at the highest level of sport, by providing support and funding for a period of 12 months.

Awarded annually as part of the 31st Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner – supported by Etihad Airways – the five successful recipients will be presented their scholarships by their respective mentors on Wednesday, 21st October 2015 at Palladium at Crown, Melbourne.

Since the introduction of the program in 2006, 58 young Australians have benefited from this once in a lifetime opportunity, with 17 former Scholarship holders representing Australia at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and 12 selected for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Notable graduates of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program are Patrick Mills (basketball), Lauren Mitchell (gymnastics), Jessicah Schipper (swimming), Dani Samuels (athletics), Caroline Buchanan (BMX), Dylan Alcott (wheelchair basketball/tennis), Jack Bobridge (cycling) to name a few.

About the Sport Australia Hall of Fame:

Established in 1985, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame plays a vital role in preserving and perpetuating Australia’s rich sporting heritage, whilst promoting the values of courage, sportsmanship, integrity, mateship, persistence, and excellence, all underpinned by generosity, modesty, pride and ambition.

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