The La Trobe Elite Athlete Program provides elite athlete students assistance and support to work towards a university degree while continuing their sporting pursuits.
The launch saw 40 athletes welcomed into the program by Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar, who was on hand to present their LEAP apparel.
The event also saw the presentation of a number of athlete-specific scholarships, with the TechnologyOne High Performance Sport Scholarship awarded to Brendon Smith and Emily Beecroft (Swimming), while Michael Malthouse Elite Sport Scholarships were presented to Louis Mott (Judo) and Nathan Foote (Swimming). The recipients of the Elite Athlete Housing Scholarship for 2019 were Benjamin Considine (Surfing) and Patrick Crisp (Water Skiing).
La Trobe Sport Senior Coordinator, Athlete and Education Engagement Renee Frizzell said she was delighted to see the program expand further in 2019.
“La Trobe University is proud to be able to support our athletes in their dual-career aspirations and working towards the next stage in their lives post-sport,” Frizzell said.
“Over my past three years at La Trobe, I have seen the program grow from strength-to-strength, and I am extremely proud to say that we are now one of the leading universities in Australia with the support that we offer our elite athletes.”
La Trobe University now has over 100 students registered in the Elite Athlete Program. Our athletes are competing at a national and international level across 33 different sports; including AFL and AFLW, Soccer, Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming and Netball.
For more information on the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program, head to the LEAP website.