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College Creates Meaningful Pathways For Student-Athletes

A recent collaboration between the Elite Sports Academy at St Columban’s College, Caboolture and the University of Sunshine Coast, provided an opportunity for college student-athletes to hear from Dr Mark Sayers, Director of the University of Sunshine Coasts’ High Performance (HP) Student Athlete Program.

The HP Student Athlete Program assists university students to achieve excellence in both sport and study.

On Thursday, 2 November, Dr Sayers, along with two current program participants, spoke to college elite athlete-students about the benefits of the HP Student Athlete Program.

Head of the college’s sporting excellence program and Sports Development Officer, Mr Hayden Reed is passionate about creating a pathway for elite student-athletes to achieve their goals.

“Seeing the kids’ eyes light up when hearing about the real-life opportunities this program creates for elite and emerging athletes was fantastic,” Mr Reed said.

“All the students had a chance to share where they are in their journey and where they plan to be in the future.

“It was inspiring and motivating for the students to see that such opportunities are available so close to home.”

Students interacted with world-class athletes and engaged in meaningful discussions about how to achieve their sporting goals and aspirations once they graduate from St Columban’s.

Jonte Connolly, one of the college’s elite athlete-students, attended the session and remarked that: “The experience was a real eye-opener to the wider world of education, and it showed me that I can balance my sporting life and still study towards a university degree.”

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