Jyordanna Davey Awarded Tania Dalton Foundation Scholarship

Jyordanna Davey Awarded Scholarship

Sacred Heart College student Jyordanna Davey has been awarded a Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship. Tania Dalton Foundation Scholarship 

"Tania Dalton Foundation aims to award 12 scholarships each year. The Scholarships will support the recipients over a three-year period providing financial assistance, one-on-one mentoring support and personal development opportunities."  

The following announcement from Basketball New Zealand on 21 April 2021 can also be viewed here.

"Tania Dalton Foundation (TDF), created in honour of the sporting legend, last week named the fourth-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 four years ago, is the Scholarship Programme which honours Tania’s passion for supporting young women in sport.

Since the inception, Basketball New Zealand’s High-Performance team has worked with the Foundation by nominating players who are eligible. This is done through a committee appointed by BBNZ, which is currently Mel Downer, Jody Cameron and Shay Haira.

Founder, 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 fourth year now, with the 2018 scholarship recipients becoming alumni.  I am proud, as would Tania, of the impact these girls are having in their respective sport and community,” says Duane.

Melika and Jyordanna Davey become the seventh and eighth basketballers to receive support from the Tania Dalton Foundation Scholarship Programme, which in 2021 has nominated a total of thirteen young female athletes to receive support for the three-year duration of the scholarship.

Basketball New Zealand’s Head of High Performance Leonard King is proud that Basketball has had a strong association with the cause.

“We see the Tania Dalton Foundation as an inspiring ally for young women who aspire to represent New Zealand in their chosen sport and who seek to have a positive impact on their community.

“Not only does the Foundation make financial contributions to help fund the girls to play sport, they also make significant investments in the holistic development of each athlete and provides them mentorship opportunities – in some cases these last beyond the three year programme.

“Basketball New Zealand values our partnership with the Foundation and we are incredibly supportive of the work they do with junior female athletes.”

Despite the Covid pandemic curtailing a lot of basketball both Melika and Jyordanna enjoyed an extremely successful 2021. Both players are looking to pursue American collegiate careers once they have finished high school."


Scholarship recipients ‘Class of 2021:

Sylvia Brunt - Rugby (Auckland)
Zoe Crawford - Surf Life Saving (Auckland)
Kimberley Curry - Netball (Nelson)
Jyordanna Davey - Basketball (Lower Hutt)
Marama Downes - Cricket (Auckland)
Sade Kaipara-Morrison - Netball (Cambridge)
Veisinia Mahutariki-Fakalelu - Touch (Hamilton)
Mia McCausland - Touch (Auckland)
Bree McCowatt - Surf Life Saving (Ngatea)
Melika Samia - Basketball (Tauranga)
Ruby Tawa - Rugby (Tauranga)
Luisa Togotogorua - Rugby (Auckland)
Sera Ta’ei - Netball (Cambridge)

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