Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva wins Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship

Ahead of the sport’s Olympic debut at Paris 2024, 14-year-old break-dancer Jeff Dunne has been named as the youngest of 10 new recipients of a Tier 2 scholarship in Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s Scholarship & Mentoring Program.

The 10 athletes, who include three Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games medallists, will each receive a grant of $5,000 plus support from SAHOF and its esteemed member base over the next 15 months.

The 2023 Tier 2 scholarship recipients are Claudia Bailey (paddle), Jeff Dunne (breaking), Tenealle Fasala (water polo), Angus Hincksman (para-athletics), Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva (gymnastics – Birmingham gold and silver medallist), Yangzi Liu (table tennis – Birmingham bronze medallist), Lekeisha Pergoliti (boxing), Cameron Rogers (cycling), Alex Saffy (para-swimming – Birmingham silver medallist) and Dylan Soin (sport climbing).

The SAHOF Scholarship & Mentoring Program – the nation’s leading sports scholarship program – is backed by the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport.

The three-tiered program awards annual funding of $150,000 across 32 scholarships to support the next generation of Australia’s sporting stars on their journey to excellence and success in sport and in life.

Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program Chair Sue Stanley OAM said, "Each year I am amazed by the calibre of applicants for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.  It has been an exciting journey to see past and current scholarship holders compete especially with the success of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games and most recently the Commonwealth Games. It is a privilege to play a small part in assisting elite young Australian athletes by, motivating and inspiring them to achieve their goals."

"Being a successful SAHOF Scholarship recipient first of all is a great honour. I see it as a recognition and acknowledgement of my achievements up to date as an athlete, as well as an opportunity to gain assistance to excel in my sport. The SAHOF Scholarship is a pathway to connect to the Greats of All Time in Australian Sport. It is also a partnership where with SAHOF Scholarship assistance and though my successes I can inspire other athletes."
- Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva on being selected as a 2023 T2 Scholarship Holder.

"To be named as a recipient of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program is a great honour for any athlete and on behalf of the gymnastics in Australia community, I want to congratulate Alexandra for receiving this award. This scholarship reflects the years of hard work and dedication Alexandra has put into achieving her goals, both personally and professionally, culminating in her Gold Medal at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Thank you to Sport Australia Hall of Fame for making a genuine difference in the lives of our gymnasts and for supporting them on their journey."
- Gymnastics Australia Chief Executive Officer, Alexandra Ash.