Elite athletes on their marks for USC study program

A program that helps elite athletes achieve their sporting and academic goals at the same time will have its 2019 launch on Monday 18 February as part of USC’s orientation activities.

USC’s High Performance Student Athlete (HPSA) program first started in 2017 and has so far assisted more than 150 athletes, including champion swimmers Jake Packard and Braedan Jason, netballers Peace Proscovia and Bella Sorby, and sprinter Jane Larkin.

These athletes will be among the guest speakers at the launch event, from 2-3pm at Lecture Theatre 7, that will also include the presentation of sport-related scholarships to nine student athletes, including five recent school leavers. Media are welcome to attend.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the HPSA program provided benefits and services that allowed athletes to balance the demands of their training and competition schedules with their study commitments.

Professor Hill said USC was fast becoming a national leader in high performance sport and a university that ensures its athletes are well placed for continued success during their competitive careers and beyond.

“We’re building the ultimate environment where high performance and emerging athletes can flourish supported by world leaders in coaching, performance development and sport and exercise science research,” he said.

Among those attending the launch will be USC’s High Performance Sport Director Professor Brendan Burkett and High Performance Sport administration officer and world ironwoman champion Kristy Ellis.

There will also be representatives from Sunshine Coast Council, Australian University Sport, Pro Racing Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Lightning and the USC Spartans swimming club.

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