Incoming elite athletes beginning studies at Griffith University in 2016 will have the chance to benefit from a new scholarship linked with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The prestigious Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Scholarships will offer National Sporting Organisation-recognised athletes an opportunity to be part of the Games delivery and experience Australia’s largest sporting event from a special perspective.
Griffith Sports College Manager, and former Olympian, Duncan Free OAM said it would be a unique experience to be involved in the delivery of the games, particularly if students have their sights set on competing at GC2018 as well.
“Competing at a home Games is amazing. I had the opportunity to do it in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics,” he said.
“Your home crowd, your home environment, your home training facility it is really good. The whole city gets behind you.
“For some of our students to have this experience combined with a scholarship will be an incredible opportunity.”
Griffith is one of Australia’s leading sporting Universities and supports elite athletes through the Griffith Sports College, which currently has 400 members.
“We take pride in supporting athletes to achieve not only their sporting success but also their academic success as well,” Mr Free said.
The other scholarship category is open to students like Louisa Marmion, who is in her first year of studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Pre-physio). Other study areas eligible for this scholarship include sports science and technology, tourism, major events management or broadcast sports journalism.
Louisa said any new student lucky enough to be selected to receive a scholarship which offered such a range of exciting opportunities would be setting themselves up for amazing success.
“As an aspiring physiotherapist I can see how this would be a perfect opportunity for any student, their resume and their future career,” she said.
“To have the opportunity to put their studies into practice is one thing but to do this at an international sporting event with athletes, trainers and health staff from around the world would be unbelievable.
“No other university could offer this.”