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Patrick Rebakis
Jul 24, 2018

ACU athletes make an impact on the world stage

Jul 24, 2018 by Patrick Rebakis

A record number of nine ACU students have been named in the national squad for International University Sports Federation World University Championships. While other students are enjoying their break from studies, these students are competing at the highest level in university sport on the international stage. This year ACU has sent more to the Championships than any other year, which speaks volumes of the quality of student-athletes and the Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP).

These students are supported by ACU through the Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) which helps balance the demands of being an athlete or performer with academic pursuits, to excel at both university and their chosen sporting or performing field.

Ceran Nilsen, ACU’s EAPP Officer, reflected on the incredible achievements of these student athletes in making the Australian squad, “many of these student athletes continue to study while they are competing at the championship events, showing commitment, determination and tenacity in achieving their study and sporting goals, it’s a huge credit to these young rising sports stars”.

The Championship events help athletes prepare for large scale international events and compete for a spot at The World University Games which runs every second year. ACU had some outstanding results last year in Taipei with Kyle Cranston winning the gold in the Men’s Decathlon and Alysha Burnett claiming silver in the Women’s Heptathlon. 

In winning gold, Kyle Cranston set four new PBs to become Australia's first ever medalist in the Decathlon at World University Games.  The result earned Kyle a spot in Australia's Commonwealth Games team, where he finished an impressive fifth.  

ACU boasts over 400 student athletes and performers across more than 70 disciplines. Members of the EAPP have access to academic support, early timetabling and financial support, among other sporting or performing arts related opportunities. You can follow the progress of these athletes on the ACU Sport Facebook and Instagram pages.

For more information about the program contact ACU’s EAPP team at  

Photo: Title- Jordan Parsonage representing Rugby 7's for Australia in Namibia 
In body- Ryan and Mitchell representing Baseball for Australia in Taiwan 

Full ACU athlete list:

  • Ryan Woodrow - Baseball
  • Mitchell Gyles - Baseball
  • Domingo Vithana - Squash
  • Aidan Dawson - Orienteering
  • Brydie Parker - Rugby Union 7s
  • Rose Dzirnis Beasley - Rowing
  • Daniel Tielen - Karate
  • Sascha  Bondarenko-Edwards - Cycling
  • Jordan Parsonage - Rugby 7s