The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) is investing in our athletes of the future, naming 10 emerging stars who will receive Tier 2 scholarships in its 2024 Scholarship and Mentoring Program. Thrill-seeking schoolgirl Maya Stasiuk, 15, is taking Australia to new heights. She started indoor climbing at the age of four after her parents decided that climbing up doorframes and six-metre trees was too dangerous. Now she's hoping to qualify for Paris 2024.
"I am so grateful and honoured to receive a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship. This scholarship will provide me with support from a network of extraordinary Australian athletes. These are people who have been, or are still, on the same journey as myself. As a young athlete in an emerging sport, it is vital to have the support necessary to travel, compete and train so that I can stand amongst the best in the world.”
– Maya Stasiuk on being selected as a 2024 Tier 2 Scholarship Holder
"Sport Climbing Australia congratulates Maya for her selection to the 2023 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program. Maya's exceptional performance in the 2022 Open Boulder National Championships, securing first position, reflects her outstanding talent and dedication. Her commendable participation in IFSC World Cups and recent Youth World Championships, achieving 23rd and 26th positions in Lead and Bouldering respectively, highlights her potential at just 15 years old. With her remarkable achievements and dedication to her sport, we are confident that Maya will achieve great things in the climbing world.”
– Sport Climbing Australia Chair, Philip Goebel