Cricket Australia (CA) today congratulated Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars fast bowler Holly Ferling on being selected for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Scholarship and Mentoring Program for 2014.
The 17-year-old is the first cricket player to receive a SAHOF Scholarship, which is valued at over $10,000. As part of the Program Ferling will be mentored by Kieren Perkins OAM. Perkins is a SAHOF member and is also on the Board. He is arguably one of the most successful swimmers Australia has ever produced, with 11 world records, two Olympic gold medals, two Olympic silver medals and more than a dozen Commonwealth and World Championship medals to his name.
The SAHOF Scholarship and Mentoring Program aims to help young Australian athletes achieve their potential in sport and in life and is awarded to five athletes under the age of 21 each year.
CA’s Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said: “We are delighted that Holly has been accepted for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program for 2014.
“The Program will provide Holly with a great opportunity to develop as an athlete and as an individual. She has had great success in her international career to date and she is a role model for young cricketers across Australia.
“Holly will be able to tap into the valued experience and knowledge of Kieren Perkins, who I’m sure she will learn a great deal from about succeeding at the elite level in sport.
“Women and girls now account for 19% or 180,000 of Australia’s 950,000 cricket participants and the growth in participation among girls and women has exceeded all expectations. The increase in numbers can be attributed in part to the success of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars as well as CA’s junior participation programs MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast.”
Speaking about her scholarship Ferling said: “I’m really excited by the opportunities that this scholarship will provide for me in the coming 12 months.
“I am looking forward to working with Kieren Perkins and learning as much as I can about his experience as an athlete. It will be a great opportunity for me to gain a new perspective from an athlete who has excelled at the elite level in a sport other than cricket.”
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First Posted 24 September, 2013 9:58AM AEDT