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Patrick Rebakis
Nov 23, 2016

ACU Elite Athlete Hits Home Run on the World Stage

Nov 23, 2016 by Patrick Rebakis

Jacob Younis, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science student at Strathfield, has made history in the under-23 Baseball World Cup. Australia claimed silver in Mexico earlier this month after a loss to world number one ranked Japan.

Jacob, a member of the Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP), was one of the best players of the tournament, hitting the most runs (17) which sub sequentially landed him a spot in the All-World team.

A Penrith local, Younis collected a total of 25 bases which has raised his profile on the world stage of baseball. Even Jacob himself was amazed, “I was lucky enough to walk away with the leading hitter (.571), most runs scored and the All-World Team short stop. I surprised myself and it all felt surreal”.

Jacob with his collection of trophies from the U23 Baseball World Cup.

Jacob has praised ACU’s Elite Athlete and Performer Program: “It has helped me significantly in ensuring my schooling life fits around my baseball commitments, making studying more beneficial to me”. Away from baseball, one day he hopes to open up his own exercise rehabilitation clinic.

During the regular season Jacob is a valuable utility player for the Australian Baseball League’s, Sydney Blue Sox. Astoundingly at age 16 he was signed by the Minnesota Twins and spent two years playing in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Younis’ performance and Australia’s dominance sets a great scene for Australian baseball ahead of its return to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “It was an honour to represent my country and an amazing feeling to walk away from the tournament with a silver medal” he said.

Younis hitting one of his 17 runs during the tournament. 

More than 300 students are part of the EAPP, with the program designed to support and encourage students in managing their study and athletic commitments to ensure that elite student athletes achieve their goals. Through the EAPP students are eligible for academic and financial support, ranging from flexibility for timetables and assessments, to access to scholarships and subsidies.To find out more about eligibility requirements and the benefits of the Elite Athlete and Performer Program visit the website at