ELITE ATHLETE AND PERFORMERS SCHEME APPLICATION

To apply as an Elite Athlete please complete the Western Sydney University Elite Athletes or Performers Scheme Application Form.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • A personal statement detailing your performance and training commitments and how these commitments have impacted on your studies.                                                                                                                              
  • An educational impact statement completed by a responsible person who has personal knowledge of your performance and training commitments and their impact on your studies. Responsible persons may include your coach/trainer, the Director of a performance body (such as the Director of a theatre group or the Director of an institute of sport) or the chair of a committee responsible for organising a competitive event.                        
  • Certified copies of supporting documentation with your application. Documents should include such things as training/practice schedules, programs of competitions in which you have participated, or written notification of your nomination to participate at a state/national/international level.

 

ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Elite Athlete and Performer Scheme applications are reviewed monthly between January and October to ensure that any student athlete, whose circumstances change throughout the year does not miss out.

Whilst the majority of elite athletes will be on scholarships within the Australian Institute of Sport or the network of state institutes and academies of sport, there are many athletes that may fall outside of this cohort. The following strategies are therefore suggested for identifying elite athletes studying at universities within Australia.

For athletes to access the support identified within the guiding principles outlined above, they must be identified and recognised by one of the following organisations as an elite athlete:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport (e.g. New South Wales Institute of Sport, NSWIS)
  • Australian Cricketers’ Association
  • AFL Players' Association
  • Union Players' Association
  • League Professionals’ Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers’ Association
  • National senior squad members from Athlete Career Education (ACE) supported sports

If an athlete falls outside of these organisations, they may submit an application for consideration to the University. The National CACE manager will act as a representative from the Australian Sports Commission to investigate, verify and make a recommendation to the University. Please note that this verification process can take up to four weeks.

 

ONCE VERIFIED AND PROCESSED

NSWIS Athletes:

Organise a meeting with an Athlete Career, Education & Professional Development (ACE/PD) Consultant. The ACE/PD Unit assists athletes to achieve their sporting objectives. ACE/PD provides individualised career planning, resume building, interview skills, assistance with study options, timetabling and support in various areas of professional development including off-field life skills, nutrition, media skills and money matters.

Other Athletes:

Organise a meeting with the University Elite Athlete Support Officer. The University Elite Athlete Support Officer (EASO) supports elite student-athletes within the University, including:

  • Advice and guidance to student-athletes on academic planning
  • Support in negotiating necessary flexibility to meet academic requirements
  • Advocacy for the student-athlete within the university environment
  • Support in negotiating and/or implementing student cross-institutional study or credit transfer arrangements
  • Provision of advice and support to a local Athlete Career & Education Adviser or related personnel

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Contact your Sport Officer:

Email : unisport@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone : 0418285467

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