Elite athlete scholarships and sponsorships announced at LEAP launch

The latest intake of student athletes were welcomed into the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP) by Acting Vice-Chancellor Keith Nugent at the 2018 LEAP Launch at John Scott Meeting House yesterday.

Over 30 new athletes, who compete in sports ranging from athletics to swimming to aerial skiing, will all receive a range of benefits such as academic support and access to funding as part of their membership to the program.

La Trobe Sport Development Manager Renee Frizzell said LEAP allows students to balance their sport and studies in order to navigate their busy schedules.

“La Trobe University is committed to helping athletes transition into a meaningful career once they have completed their sporting pursuits,” said Frizzell.

“We provide dedicated academic case management; assistance with enrolment, priority timetabling, offer students apparel, professional development opportunities and more through the program.”

The major naming rights sponsor of the La Trobe Vice-Chancellor’s Golf Day, which donates its proceeds towards LEAP, TechnologyOne was also acknowledged for their ongoing support of the event and program.

The new ‘TechnologyOne High Performance Sport Scholarship’ was announced to support two new high performance athletes at La Trobe succeed in their sporting and academic pursuits.

The inaugural scholarship recipients; Emma Hubball (Aerial Skiing) and Theodore Benehoutsos (Swimming) will receive $5,000 for 3 years through the scholarship.

CEO of UniSport Australia Don Knapp was among the distinguished guests in attendance, presenting LEAP alumni Hannah MacDougall with the UniSport Australia ‘2017 Most Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Athlete with a Disability’ Award.

Professional services firm PwC and apparel provider S-Trend Sportswear were also announced as new sponsors to the program.

La Trobe Accommodation Services will also continue their ongoing support by providing on-campus residence for the recipients of the Elite Athlete Housing Scholarship.

As a member of LEAP, student athletes get access to benefits to support them to be able to continue studying, whilst competing in elite sport.

Please visit the Elite Athlete Program website to find out more or discover if you’re eligible.

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