Young Surf Lifesaver receives Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship
Half Moon Bay SLSC surf lifesaver, Brendon Smith has been awarded a Tier Three Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Smith, along with 32 other outstanding young athletes from across Australia will receive scholarships as part of this year’s Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship and mentoring Program.
Sixteen young athletes, from 7 states and territories, have been granted Tier 3 Scholarships and will each receive a $2,500 sporting grant.
The program is supported by Australian Government funding from Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and has grown from offering five Scholarships since it began in 2006 to offering a total of 32 funded Scholarships in 2021.
Brendon is a swimmer and surf lifesaver from Victoria who represented Australia in the Australian Youth Lifesaving Team at the 2018 World Lifesaving titles, where he went on to break two world records and win a total of five medals. He was the only Victorian selected in the squad of 16.
In 2018 Brendon also represented Australia at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships winning a silver and bronze medal and was the most successful Male Swimmer of the meet for Australia. Smith was also selected to represent Australia at the Junior Olympics.
In 2018 Brendon also took out Lifesaving Victoria’s Youth Athlete of the Year award at their annual Awards of Excellence.
At the Australian Open Swimming Championships in April 2019, Brendon did an amazing break out race in the 400m Individual medley breaking the 18 under Australian record by 1.5 seconds. This time was under the Australian Olympic qualifying time.
2019 saw Brendon continue with success as he won a bronze medal as a member of the Australian team at the World Uni games in July and in November, he was selected in the inaugural International Swimming League (ISL) as a member of the New York Breakers team.
Brendon has been selected for ISL season two (2020) in Budapest Hungary where he will again be competing for the New York Breakers. Smith said, “I’m looking forward to competing against the best swimmers in the world.”
Upon receiving the news that he had received a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship, Brendon said that he was extremely honoured.
“It means I become a part of a very select group of extremely talented athletes across many sports to be honoured by such a prestigious award,” he said.
“This scholarship makes me feel like I am getting recognised for the hard work and dedication to both my swimming and lifesaving sports, it will assist me to continue to focus on improving myself in and out of the water.
“I believe that this is just the start of a promising sporting career. Thank you for this opportunity.”
Surf Life Saving Australia congratulates Brendon on this prestigious scholarship and his determination and commitment to surf lifesaving and swimming.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
2019: World University Games, Italy – Bronze
2019: USA Open Swimming Championships – Gold
2019 & 2020: New York Breakers – Selected (Swimming)
2018: Junior Pan Pacific Championships – Representative
2019: Australian Open Swimming Championships: Silver (400m IM)
2019 & 2018: Victorian Rob Woodhouse Award for the highest Fina ranked Medley Swimmer Male or Female for the Season
2018: Victorian Youth Athlete of the Year
2018: World Life Saving Championships, Australian Youth Lifesaving Team – Broke two World Junior Records
2017: Commonwealth Championships: Overall Individual Champion for Development Team