Schol­ar­ships of­fered for high-per­form­ing ath­letes

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

THE Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast is giv­ing high-achiev­ing stu­dent ath­letes a new sport­ing chance in the form of five SportS­mart Schol­ar­ships.

These schol­ar­ships, worth $5000 each, are avail­able for first-year stu­dents who are el­i­gi­ble for the High Per­for­mance Stu­dent Ath­lete pro­gram that last year at­tracted stu­dents like Light­ning goal shooter Caitlin Bas­sett and cham­pion swim­mer Tay­lor McKe­own.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for these schol­ar­ships for Se­mes­ter 1, 2018, are open un­til Jan­uary 26.

HPSA pro­gram director Pro­fes­sor Bren­dan Bur­kett said the schol­ar­ships would build on USC’s grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for of­fer­ing a holis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence to stu­dents, from ath­let­ics to academia.

“USC is fast be­com­ing a national leader in high-per­for­mance sport but a broad fo­cus on the full stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence can make a real im­pact,” Pro­fes­sor Bur­kett said.

“It’s not just about ac­cess to world-class train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, but a range of other ser­vices such as aca­demic sup­port, sport psy­chol­ogy and me­dia train­ing,” he said.

“We have swim­mers from the Swim­ming Aus­tralia team here, the Light­ning netball team and the Aus­tralian Cy­cling Acad­emy and over 25 different sports.

“Stu­dents are study­ing along­side like-minded ath­letes who are also fac­ing the stresses of train­ing and mak­ing a team, so peer sup­port is a great com­po­nent.

Pro­fes­sor Bur­kett is a for­mer Par­a­lympian who would have ap­pre­ci­ated a sim­i­lar pro­gram while he was study­ing.

High per­for­mance on the sports field of­ten trans­lates to high per­for­mance in the class­room, and vice versa, he said.

The pro­gram of­fers ac­cess to USC’s na­tion­ally-ac­cred­ited fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing the gym­na­sium, in­door sports sta­dium, Olympic-stan­dard swim­ming pool, In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions-stan­dard ath­let­ics track, out­door hard courts and play­ing fields.

It also of­fers ac­cess to men­tors and aca­demic and ca­reer plan­ning sup­port, work­shops by sport in­dus­try spe­cial­ists and ac­cess to train­ing for me­dia in­ter­views, en­trepreneur­ship, time man­age­ment, nutri­tion, re­cov­ery, peak­ing, sports psy­chol­ogy, skill ac­qui­si­tion, biome­chan­ics, drug and al­co­hol ed­u­ca­tion, and se­cur­ing spon­sor­ship.

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