La Trobe Elite Athlete Program signs off on successful year

The La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP) has capped off a wonderful year of achievements with some major career milestones both on and off the sporting field.

From national selection to graduations and record breaking feats, LEAP athletes have made their mark in what was a successful final quarter to round out 2023.

The LEAP program is proudly supported by TechnologyOne, and helps to identify, promote and support the needs of elite athletes studying at university by providing them with assistance and support to successfully combine their academic and sporting pursuits . The value of combining sport and higher education is well recognised across the university and sporting sectors, which is why La Trobe is committed to helping elite athletes undertaking study with the University.

View the full list of LEAP athlete achievements in the fourth quarter of 2023 below:

  • Amy Lawton - Won the 2XU Rising Star at the Victorian Institute of Sport's Award of Excellence.
  • Caitlin Parker - Won 2XU Coach Award for Boxing at the Victorian Institute of Sport's Award of Excellence.
  • Daniel McGrath and Matt Beattie - Represented Australia at the Asian Baseball Classic.
  • Alana Bellman - Represented Australia at the Sport Aerobics World Championships.
  • Amy Bachmann - Received the prestigious Remi Stud Scholarship.
  • Emma Berg - Broke her own Vic Country shot put record.
  • Liam Park - Represented Australia at the Oceania Judo Open.
  • James Calabro - Set to represent Victoria at the National Water Polo Championships.

The end of 2023 also marks an exciting period for 16 LEAP members who will soon graduate from La Trobe University. On behalf of the University community, La Trobe Sport congratulates our student athletes on successfully completing their academic studies and wishes them all the best for their future endeavours.

2023 La Trobe Elite Athlete Program Graduates:

Daniel McGrath (Baseball): Bachelor of Commerce

Katerina Paul (Snow Skiing): Bachelor of Business (Sport Management)

Michaela-Ann Warwick (Weightlifiting): Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Jorja Adams (Equestrian): Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Aris Patsouras (Athletics): Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Katia Jomini (Cricket): Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Sarah Sansonetti (Australian Rules Football): Bachelor of Science

Cooper Goulding (Judo): Bachelor of Exercise Science

Sophie Kurzman (Lawn Bowls): Bachelor of Exercise Science

Jade Sciacca (Dance): Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Marija Lukic (Volleyball): Bachelor of Criminology

Yazmin Hayes (Athletics): Bachelor of Exercise Science

Georgia Bissicks (Equestrian): Bachelor of Nursing

Xavier Kendall (Tennis): Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical)

Alana Bellman (Sport Aerobics): Diploma of Sport Coaching and Development

Cosimo Cirillo (Para Football): Bachelor of Accounting

Check out our 2023 LEAP quarterly recaps here - Q1, Q2 & Q3.

Main Image: Bendigo student and La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP) member Yazmin Hayes is one of a cohort of 16 student athletes graduating from La Trobe University.