Sunshine Coast Surf Life Saver awarded Sports Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship
Surf Life Saving Australia is proud to announce that Maroochydore SLSC surf lifesaver Hayden Cotter has been granted a Sports Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship in surf lifesaving and swimming for 2022.
Cotter, 20, has been awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program. He will join nine other athletes across ten different sports who will all receive $5,000 as part of the Tier 2 sporting scholarship.
A talented ocean swimmer across varying distances, Cotter has multiple surf lifesaving titles and national swimming titles to his name.
In 2019, just one year after graduating high school, Hayden became a dual capped international athlete as part of both the Australian Surf Life Saving team and the Australian Dolphins Swim team.
Cotter made his debut on the Australian Lifesaving Team in Durban, South Africa at the 2019 International Surf Rescue Challenge and won Gold in the Open Male Surf Race.
Hayden also had a very successfully Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, where he won multiple events on his home beach of Maroochydore SLSC, earlier this year.
On being selected for a Tier 2 scholarship Cotter said, ‘what you put in, is what you get out’.
“To be a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship holder is something that means so much to me,” he said.
“I have seen the high calibre of successful athletes before me and what they have gone on to do in sport and life.
“Now to have SAHOF behind me, I know I will receive the help and mentoring to take the next step in my career.”
Surf Life Saving Australia CEO Adam Weir said that it is a huge honour for Hayden and Surf Life Saving to be among the best young athletes in the country selected for this scholarship and mentoring program.
“It is a fantastic honour for Hayden to be included in the group of athletes who have been selected to receive the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship for 2022,” Mr Weir said.
“Surf Life Saving Australia is immensely proud to have one of its athletes awarded this unique opportunity.
“Just a few months ago at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in April 2021, Hayden proved his prowess in swimming and surf lifesaving winning a national title in both the 2KM ocean swim and the prestigious Male Surf Belt race on his home beach of Maroochydore.
“Hayden’s dominance across multiple distances in the ocean, shines a light on the versatility and strength of Hayden as a swimmer also demonstrates just why he is such a worthy recipient of this honour.
“Surf Life Saving Australia looks forward to seeing Hayden’s career as a swimmer in the ocean continue to develop and opportunities such as this through the SAHOF will no doubt prove invaluable.”
The program is supported by Australian Government funding from Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and awards a total of 32 scholarships each year and provides $150,000 in funding to future stars to support them in their quest for excellence and success on the world stage.
To read more about Hayden’s achievements in both surf lifesaving and swimming and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship – Click Here.
- 2018: Pier to Pub – Champion
- 2018: National Open Water Championships – Champion, 5km
- 2019: Pier to Pub – Champion
- 2019: World Championships – 9th, 5km, Open Water Swimming
- 2019: World Championships – 5th, Team Event, Open Water Swimming
- 2019: 10km World Cup Taipei – 2nd
- 2020: Pier to Pub – Champion
- 2020: National Open Water Championships – 2nd, 10km
- 2020: National Open Junior Water Championships – 1st, 10km
- 2020: World Cup, Doha – 7th, 10km
- 2021: National Open Water Championships – 3rd, 10km
- 2021: Australian Surf Life Saving Championships – 1st, 2KM Ocean Swim
- 2021: Australian Surf Life Saving Championships – 1st, Open Male Belt Race
- 2021: Australian Surf Life Saving Championships – 1st, Open Male Surf Teams
- 2021: Australian Surf Life Saving Championships – 2nd, Open Male Surf Race
- 2021: Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, Open Ironman – Youngest male ironman competitor (Dean Mercer Perpetual Trophy)