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Patrick Rebakis
Nov 23, 2016

EAPP Athlete of the Month - Alana King

Nov 23, 2016 by Patrick Rebakis

Health Sport and Wellbeing

ACU student athlete Alana King gives us a fascinating insight on how she is balancing her study and sport commitments and how the EAPP has helped her achieve this.

A reminder that applications for 2017 EAPP close on 25 November 2016. Current students should re-apply by online using this application form.

1. What sport do you play? Cricket (Victorian Spirit and Melbourne Stars)

2. Where do you train? MCG

3. What is the worst thing about your sport? It’s a weather dependent sport. Normally at the start of each season the 1st round is always washed out as clubs are not able to prepare a pitch. Also, that you only get one chance to bat!

4. How has the Women’s Big Bash League changed women’s cricket and Australian women’s sport in general? It’s an exciting time for women’s sport in Australia. A lot of money is being invested, especially in cricket, and this is providing some wonderful opportunities. Australia’s leading female cricketers representing the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are now the best paid of any women’s team sport in the country. The exposure for women's cricket increased significantly with the success of the Women’s Big Bash League and TV ratings were outstanding last season with ratings overtaking the A-league and the NBL.

5. What degree you are studying? I am a 2nd year Exercise and Health Science student at Melbourne

6. Future plans, life after sport? I want to be a Physical Education and Outdoor Education Teacher in Secondary Schools.

7. What do you love about being a part of ACU's EAPP program? The flexibility you have when you are studying as well as competing in a sport at an elite level. Early access to timetabling helps me plan my Uni times around training and other commitments that my sport asks of me.

8. What advice would you give to future ACU EAPP students? If you are competing in a sport at the elite level, ensure you apply for the EAPP as it makes university a lot easier to manage. The EAPP staff are there to help you and are willing to reschedule due dates and exams so you are able to compete in your sport. Having the reassurance of competing in your sport first before university really is a massive relief as you can concentrate on preparing well for your upcoming tournament.

9. What is something that people don’t know about you? I have played competitive tennis (since I was 5 years old) longer than cricket and still compete in tennis tournaments.

10. Who is your doppelgänger? I have been told I have a combination of Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and a touch of Whoopi Goldberg!

11. What coffee do you drink? Skinny Cappuccino or Chai Latte