ACU Welcomes Our Elite Athletes and Performers
Mar 15, 2017 by Patrick Rebakis
We would like to send a warm welcome to the 160 new members of the Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP). This brings the EAPP to a total of 360 student athletes and performers across more than 70 disciplines. ACU is excited to acknowledge our outstanding athletes and performers at the 2017 EAPP Launches held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney campuses later this month.
The EAPP helps balance the demands of being an athlete with academic pursuits to excel both on and off the field. Upon successful application into the EAPP, you will have access to academic support, early timetabling and financial support, among other sporting or performing arts related opportunities.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our new student athletes such as: Australian Olympic High Jumper Brandon Starc, AFL Footballer Tom Mitchell, WNBL player Lara McSpadden and NRL player Scott Schulte. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of these high achievers and wish them all the best for sporting and academic success in 2016!
Several of ACU’s athletes have experienced great success over the last few months:
- Melbourne student Jarryn Geary (Bachelor Commerce) was announced as the new captain of AFL club St. Kilda.
- Melbourne student Kate Moloney (Bachelor Education) was named as the captain of the Melbourne Vixens in the inaugural season of the Super Netball.
- Triple Paralympian and Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science student, Ellie Cole capped off 2016 by taking out Australian University Sport’s Most Outstanding Performance by an Athlete with a Disability. The Strathfield student took out a whopping 6 medals in the pool at the 2016 Rio Paralympics (two gold, three silver and one bronze), which takes her career tally to 15 Paralympic medals, including an astonishing six gold.
- Three ACU Melbourne students have played a role in the successful inaugural season of the AFLW league:
- Nat Exon #15 for Carlton (Bachelor of Commerce/Law)
- Tahni Nestor #20 for Carlton (Masters Clinical Nursing)
- Jasmine Grierson #19 for Melbourne (Bachelor Exercise & Sports Science)