With the Elite Athlete Scholarship Benson will be able to complete his university qualification without compromising his sporting opportunities. The scholarship provides up to $30,000 to JCU students in Queensland over the duration of their undergraduate course.
“Travelling for sport can be very expensive, but the funding I’ll receive from the scholarship will let me manage university around major tournaments that I might have had to otherwise miss because of financial and academic pressures,” he says.
“I feel honoured that JCU is willing to support my endeavours in volleyball. The Elite Athlete Scholarship will allow me to prioritise both my study and my sport.”
JCU Elite Athlete Scholarship recipient Benson Emery
Benson hopes that his passion, motivation and skill will see him representing Australia one day.
“My biggest goal is to eventually play for Volleyball Australia, as it has been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the Olympics,” he says.
For now, Benson is enjoying the excitement of working towards two achievements at once.
“In the next few years I’m aiming to succeed in uni and hone my skills as a volleyball player. I want to climb through the rankings in beach volleyball by playing in tournaments, and indoor volleyball by continuing to make junior state teams,” he says.
Benson hopes to see volleyball grow in rural and regional parts of Australia in the coming years. Sport brings communities together by promoting social interaction and physical activity, and Benson’s success highlights the importance of nurturing regional talent.
“I’m passionate about seeing volleyball develop in areas such as North Queensland. I get really excited when regional teams are able to compete against teams from larger cities and urban areas,” he says. “Volleyball is a very accessible and social sport — you only need 3 friends and a ball.”
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