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Tania Dalton Foundation names scholarship recipients

Tania Dalton Foundation, created in honour of the sporting legend, has named the third-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.

Four Netballers have been named for 2020 including Ivari Christie (Morrinsville), Khiarna Williams (Whakatane), Fiapalagi Lai Kong (Christchurch) and Parris Mason (Taranaki).

The main initiative for the Foundation, launched two years ago, 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.

“We’re in our third year now, with the 2018 scholarship recipients in their final year of the programme. I am proud, as would Tania, of the impact these girls are having in their respective sport and community,” says Duane.

The programme provides girls opportunities to connect with like-minded athletes and with experienced mentors. The support from these mentors, scholarship funders and the community is testament to the incredible person Tania was.

“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’re looking forward to helping our 2020 scholarship recipients achieve success just as we have in previous years.”

Scholarship Recipients Class of 2020:

Ivari Christie (Netball) - Morrinsville
Khiarna Williams (Netball) - Whakatane
Fiapalagi Lai Kong (Netball) - Christchurch
Parris Mason (Netball) - Inglewood, Taranaki
Maama Vaipalu (Volleyball) - Papatoetoe, Auckland
Tara Turner (Touch Rugby) - Whangarei
Mile Naime (Athletics) - Manurewa, Auckland
Alana Paewai (Basketball) - Hamilton
Patricia Maliepo (Rugby) - Panmure, Auckland
K’Lee Begbie (Rugby) - Putaruru
Terri MacDonald (Water Polo) - Hamilton
Kenya Watene (Rugby) - Kaitaia