Year 13 student Paris Lokotui is one of the 12 young women from throughout New Zealand to be accepted into the Tania Dalton Foundation Scholarship Programme.
She is the only student from Wellington to be selected.
The Tania Dalton Foundation exists to inspire young people to be the best they can through sport. The Scholarship Programme supports talented young sportswomen, from all kinds of circumstances and at different stages of their development or/who will benefit from the unique and valuable support the Foundation can provide.
The Scholarship Programme sees to the support of 12 recipients over a three-year period in the second induction and signs new recruits each year. Eventually, the goal is to see these young women working back to inspire and support others in their communities.
Mentors involved in the Scholarship Programme include well-known and respected friends and colleagues of Tania’s from a range of disciplines including sports, business, finance and media industries.
The recipients are involved with sports that Tania and her family had a strong bond with, including netball, tennis, rugby, touch, rugby sevens, Surf Lifesaving and basketball.
Paris has been chosen for the programme for her success and aspirations in netball.
Founder and husband of Tania Dalton, Duane Dalton, says one of the main goals of the programme is for the young women to then contribute back to their communities and continue the legacy for future generations.
“Helping young people was a passion of Tania’s and through the work of the Foundation, we have the ability to honour her memory in a way she would have been proud of,” Duane says.
“The Foundation strives to make a real impact and the calibre of young women selected is extremely high – not just in terms of ability, but also in the potential to really help these girls. Tania would be bursting with pride.”