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Elite Athletes

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Elite Athletes

JCU students can access support to successfully combine their academic aspirations and elite sport ambitions.

JCU has been part of the Elite Athlete Education Network since 2013. This network provides support and flexibility for formally identified elite athlete students. Flexible options may include support with academic study loads and assessment deadlines. JCU aims to help students achieve success both on the sporting field and in the classroom. From business through to sports and exercise science, students can study a range of courses at JCU.

JCU welcomes athletes and coaches from a range of organisations and sports. To be eligible, students must be recognised as an elite athlete or coach by one of the following organisations:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players’ Association
  • Australian Cricketers’ Association
  • Rugby Union Players’ Association
  • Rugby League Professionals Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers’ Association
  • National senior squad members from National Athlete Career and Education Network (NACE) supported sports
  • Senior/head coaches from state and territory institutes/academies of sport, national senior teams or participating professional sports

If you're an elite-standard athlete or coach but not currently recognised by one of these organisations, contact JCU's Elite Athlete Student Coordinator to discuss  your options.

Juggling study with training, competition and travel can be difficult for elite athletes. Through the Elite Athlete Education Network, JCU can help students ensure they can meet both study and sporting requirements by providing support and flexibility where possible.

Assistance may include:

  • Enrolment requirements
  • Tutorial and practical class timetabling
  • Assessment deadlines based on sporting-related travel commitments
  • Cross-institutional enrolment study options
  • Recognition of credit achieved at other universities both internationally and interstate, towards study options at JCU
  • Sitting exams externally under exam conditions

Elite athlete students are advised to make contact with the respective subject coordinator/lecturer or administration staff first to discuss subject or enrolment matters before approaching network representatives.


Please contact JCU's Elite Athlete Student Coordinator or representative to register your details.

Mr Wade Sinclair
Senior Lecturer - Sport and Exercise Science
JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas
Location: Building DB043; Room 124
Telephone: (07) 4781 6066