27 September 2023

Education program a win for athletes

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The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has announced a new round of applications for its Athlete Education Scholarship Program.

Now in its second year, the Program has already supported 77 athletes in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports with grants of up to $5,000 to support their education.

Director of the AIS, Matti Clements said athletes could now apply for another round of grants, with $100,000 available and applications to close on 18 April.

Ms Clements thanked the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation for its continuing support of the Program and commitment to athlete education.

“The AIS wants athletes to be successful in sport and life and that’s a vision shared by John and Myriam Wylie, who have driven the outcomes for this Program and have been long-term supporters of Australian sport,” she said.

“Athletes can be very focused on their sporting ambitions and consumed by game plans, but this is about supporting athletes to develop life plans beyond sport.”

Ms Clements said education and sport could be a winning mix.

“It can bring balance during an athlete’s sporting career and it can create purpose beyond the sporting arena,” she said.

“The AIS created the Elite Athlete Education Network ( EAEN) so that athletes have more options to manage their sporting careers with education.”

She said the AIS education scholarships were open to categorised athletes who were studying at any of the EAEN-aligned tertiary institutions around Australia.

“Our Elite Athlete Education Network now comprises more than 40 universities and 12 TAFEs around the country, giving athletes greater choice and flexibility with their education support,” Ms Clements said.

Information on how to apply for the AIS Athlete Education Scholarship Program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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