Tuesday, March 7, 2023

A Tribute to Sport Access Foundation's Honour Roll #IWD

Sport Access Foundation

Happy #IWD2023

We are so privileged to share with you these 🙌 6 young girls who were awarded a Pathway to Paralympic grant, starting with our inaugural year of 2017 to 2022.

All have gone onto lead and inspire young girls in their own way. Within this list of 6, among their achievements including - three are now at University, one is hosting masterclasses on best practices in throwing for para-athletics, and two have debut at the Paralympics.


Ruby Sutherland, Para-Rowing - Ruby made history as the first Australian Para rower to compete in the UK at the Henley Women’s regatta in 2019.


Dayna Crees, Para-Athletics - Dayna set a record and won in her class for para-throwing event. She is now sharing her insights with her coach Gordon Talbot through masterclass workshops inspire others.


Jamieson Leeson, Boccia - Debut Paralympian Tokyo and 2022 World Champion. Jamieson was awarded the prestigious AIS Athlete Education Scholarship, supported by the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation. Now in her second year of Economics and training for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.


Keira Stephens, Para-Swimming - Debut Paralympian Tokyo and 2022 Commonwealth Games medallist. Keira is now balancing studying for a social work degree at University of Sunshine Coast with 10 swimming sessions and three gym sessions every week, as she seeks to qualify for the 2024 Paris Paralympic with all important qualifying races this year.


Layla Sharp, Para-Athletics - Compeat Performance supported athlete. Imagine if you were the athlete to break a 32 year old record! Well, that's what Layla Sharp did, what a performance! She took 36 seconds off the U15 able-bodied 3km run for her club.


Abbie Peet, Para-Athletics - Compeat Performance supported athlete. A tough year in 2021  for Abbie with the loss of her coach, mentor and friend, Wally Warner and the impacts of COVID-19. Still she won her hometown of Tamworth Junior Sports Star of the year with one of her biggest achievements is she now holds 3x Australian Para Under 15 records in Athletics


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