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Tania Dalton Foundation names 2019 recipients

Tania Dalton Foundation, created in honour of the sporting legend, has named the second year intake of deserving recipients for its Scholarship Programme.

The Foundation exists to inspire young people to be the best they can be through sport, by coordinating a range of programmes aimed at making a positive and measurable impact.

The main initiative for the Foundation, launched in March last year, is the Scholarship Programme which honours Tania’s passion for supporting young women in sport.

Founder and husband, Duane Dalton, says the programme supports talented young sportswomen from all kinds of circumstances or those who will benefit from the unique and valuable support the Foundation can provide.

“The programme wraps a pastoral blanket around these incredible young women, so that they can make the right decisions now for their future. They have such great potential, and these really are the crucial years to ensure they make the most of that.

“Following Tania’s footsteps, we’re encouraging these girls to see themselves as future role models and leaders in their communities, finding ways to work alongside and inspire them to realise their ultimate dreams. And we’ve had great success in our first year, with two of our original scholarship recipients making the selections for the Black Ferns Sevens development squad.”

Duane says that there’s a huge engine of support behind the Foundation – namely with some of Tania’s closest friends and former team mates. But there’s one key driver that has a major advisory role and that is their brave daughter, Tayla Dalton.

“Tayla has really played a huge role in developing the offering of these programmes and been really involved in our workshop sessions. We go through so many processes with different mentors, including dream mapping, personality assessments, career advisories and reputation management. Being of the same age as a number of these young scholarship recipients, she knows the best way to inspire and influence the group.

“It fills me with great pride seeing Tay stand in front of her peers and share the vision of her incredible mother, our T. Tania’s legacy lives on every day through three beautiful children, and it’s a constant reminder that we’re doing right by her and all that she aspired to achieve.”

Looking to the year ahead, Duane sees incredible promise in the next wave of recipients and is looking forward to getting underway with the workshops and programme.

About the scholarship recipients ‘Class of 2019’:

Princess Elliott
Sporting code: Touch, Rugby 7’s
Region: Auckland

Taneisha Fifita
Sporting code: Netball
Region: Oamaru

Tenaija Fletcher
Sporting code: Rugby
Region: Warkworth

Quantelle Hira-Kapua
Sporting code: Netball
Region: Christchurch

Briana Irving
Sporting code: Surf Life Saving
Region: Gisborne

Waiata Jennings
Sporting code: Basketball
Region: Rotorua

Zaaliyah Kalaihi-Fulu
Sporting code: Basketball
Region: Auckland

Vika Koloto
Sporting code: Netball
Region: Auckland

Paris Lokotui
Sporting code: Netball
Region: Wellington

Caterina Poletti
Sporting code: Rugby
Region: Waitaki

Amy Rule
Sporting code: Rugby
Region: Riverton

Quaye Walker-Eketone
Sporting code: Basketball
Region: Raglan