Meet the athletes
Sport: Women’s Rugby Sevens Degree: Bachelor of Educational Studies Hometown: Bulli Result in Rio: Gold medal Nicole is a master at time management as a mum, university student and professional Women’s Rugby Sevens player. She is one of the most competitive members of the Australian Squad, and in 2016 became both a World and Olympic champion.
Ben St Lawrence
Sport: Athletics – 10,000m Degree: Bachelor of Human Movement / Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (2005) Hometown: Penrith Result in Rio: 28th in the 10,000m Watching his contemporaries from the stands at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Victoria was enough inspiration for Ben to get back into running after a long hiatus. He is now the fastest Australian to run 10,000m.
Sport: Women’s Rugby Sevens Degree: Bachelor of Physiotherapy Hometown: Wagga Wagga Result in Rio: Gold medal A former Australian Touch Football player, ‘Quirky’ took up Rugby Sevens just three years ago and is now a key member and one of the fittest players in the Australian women’s team. 2016 was a big year for Alicia who was crowned a World Champion in May, won an Olympic Gold in August and then graduated in December.
Sport: Cycling – Road Team Degree: University Certificate in Business (2008) Hometown: Penrith Result in Rio: 15th in the Road Race A 2012 Olympic road race team member, Amanda had a great start to the season winning the 2016 Australian Championships. Amanda spends nine months of the year living and racing in Europe, and continues to study while training and competing.
Sport: Athletics Degree: Bachelor of Human Movement / Bachelor of Teaching (2005) Hometown: Carcoar Result in Rio: Silver medal in the marathon; Bronze medal in the 5000m; 5th in the 1500m; also competed in the 4x400m Three-time Paralympic gold medallist and five-time Paralympian, Kurt had the honour of being co-captain of this year’s Australian Paralympic Team. In between his training and competing commitments, Kurt is a high school PE teacher and Pro Chancellor of Charles Sturt University Northern. Kurt now holds a record 13 Paralympic Games medals.
Sport: Equestrian - Dressage Degree: Bachelor of Business (2006) Hometown: Sydney Result in Rio: 9th in Team Event; 36th in Individual Event Based in Europe, Lyndal is an Australian equestrian dressage competitor who made her Olympic debut in London in 2012. Lyndal was twice named Australian Champion and subsequently nominated for the Young Australian of the Year. She decided to pursue dressage after watching her cousin Kristy Oatley compete at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Catering for elite athletes
CSU understands that life as a student athlete can be challenging. Combining study while pursuing a sporting career offers a counterbalance away from training and competition, and can help elite athletes plan for life after sport. CSU wants its student athletes to achieve just as much in their sport as in their studies and, as an Elite Athlete Friendly University, has committed to supporting our student athletes by offering flexibility, such as assignment extensions and deferred exams, study plans, online study options and access to a dedicated elite athlete coordinator that understands your training and competition commitments. For more information on CSU’s Elite Athlete program, please visit athletes.csu.edu.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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