Young Australian rower, Giorgia Patten, has been announced as one of five recipients of a Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship. The U23 Australian Rowing Team athlete was announced a recipient alongside Paralympic distance runner Jaryd Clifford, Olympic snowboarder Tess Coady, promising diver Cassiel Rousseau and motor racing prodigy Cameron Shields.
Now in its 12th year, the program is designed to help young Australians reach the highest levels of their sport, by providing encouragement and funding over a 14-month period.
With one month to go until the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner, the successful recipients will be presented their scholarships by their respective mentors on Thursday, 11th October 2018 at Palladium at Crown, Melbourne.
The dinner’s theme to ‘honour the past, celebrate the present, embrace the future’ suits the program perfectly as successful recipients receive one-on-one personal mentoring by a current member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Recipients will also be awarded a $5,000 sporting expenses grant.
West Australian rower Giorgia Patten has recently returned from the U23 World Rowing Championships where she placed 5th in the women’s pair final.
With a passion for competitive racing, Patten is currently studying full-time at Curtin University in Perth, for a Bachelor of Physiotherapy while also training at WAIS and the West Australian Rowing Club to achieve her rowing goals.
With the goal of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Patten will be mentored by Hockeyroos captain and three-time Olympic gold medallist Rechelle Hawkes.
Giorgia said, “I am very excited to receive this scholarship, it is an amazing opportunity to be mentored by an extremely successful athlete.
“I’m really looking forward to learning from Rechelle on being the best person I can be while balancing life as an elite athlete and studying physiotherapy. Support from a role model such as Rechelle will greatly assist me in many aspects of my life but most importantly to achieve my dreams as an athlete in the sport I love that is rowing.”
Patten’s mentor, Rechelle Hawkes AM added, “Giorgia is a 20-year-old on a mission. She is a rising star in the sport of rowing and whilst committing to her busy rowing schedule, she also finds the time to study physiotherapy and volunteer at her local rowing club. With this drive and commitment, she is already displaying at such a young age, I can’t wait to work with Giorgia, as she displays the type of qualities which are the building blocks to future success and I am very excited about her future prospects.”
Rowing Australia CEO, Ian Robson commented, “On behalf of all the rowing community, we would like to congratulate Giorgia on receiving a scholarship under the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
“It’s the first time since 2011 that a rower has been awarded a scholarship and we are all thrilled to see a developing athlete such as Giorgia be mentored by someone of Rechelle Hawkes’ calibre. I have no doubt that she will eagerly absorb any knowledge and advice shared with her and then transfer it into her rowing career.
“We’re also delighted to see Olympic gold medalist, Nick Green mentoring Tess Coady in the program.”