After a thorough application process, Middleton Grange year 13 student Fia Lai Kong has been selected as one of 12 recipients of the Tania Dalton Foundation Scholarships for 2020. Lai Kong, selected as one of four netballers, plays as a goal shoot or goal attack for the Senior A school team, and has been part of the Netball NZ Development programme for the past two seasons.
She is also a talented basketballer, and helped Middleton Grange qualify for the national secondary school championships in 2019, while holds school records in Athletics and was part of the Senior 4x100m relay team who won the South Island title in record breaking time last year.
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 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,” adds Duane.
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