Elite Athlete Program student-athletes excel on the academic front

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They always receive praise and accolades for what they achieve on the sporting field, but the Elite Athlete Program’s talented student-athletes should also get the credit they deserve for what they accomplish off it.

With sporting commitments impacted heavily by the COVID-19 pandemic and studying being moved completely online, Semester 1, 2020 posed both great challenges and opportunities on the academic front for the 300 student-athletes enrolled at The University of Sydney who attempted a total of 1121 units.

Overall, EAP student members performed strongly across the board with 94% earning a satisfactory academic level of achievement (obtaining a pass mark or higher), comparative to 91% in Semester 2, 2019 and 87% in Semester 1, 2019.

Impressively, 108 undergraduate students completed the Semester with a Distinction Semester Average Mark (SAM), a major improvement from 49 in Semester 2, 2019, and 79 in Semester 1, 2019, while 22 remarkably finished with a High Distinction SAM. – an uptick from 18 and 11 in the previous two Semesters.

In total, the undergraduate cohort of 270 people reeled in an impressive 300 distinctions and 193 high distinctions. Student-athletes featured mainly in Arts and Social Sciences (63), Science (60) and Business (50).

Post-graduate students boast similar success, with a commendable 100% achieving a satisfactory academic performance, which had not been done in the previous two Semesters. The criteria for a satisfactory academic performance is that new EAP members must pass all subjects or achieve a SAM of 55, while returning members must pass all subjects and achieve a SAM of 60. Of the 29 postgraduate coursework students, 10 reached a Distinction Semester Average Mark. The post-graduate group obtained a total of 25 distinctions and 13 high distinctions.

We would like to congratulate those student-athletes that have completed their studies and wish them the very best for the future.

Stevie Donougher (Athletics) -Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

Ned Reinhard (Aussie Rules) – Bachelor of Media (Comms & Journalism) – UNSW

Darcy Baron-Hay (Aussie Rules) – Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)

Hayden Kerr (Cricket) – Master of Physiotherapy

Georgia Miansarow (Cycling) – Bachelor of Business – Swinburne University of Technology

Nick Champion de Crespigny (Rugby) – Bachelor of Economics

James Kane (Rugby) – Bachelor of Arts

Clare Wheeler (Soccer) – Bachelor of Commerce

Clare Woods (Soccer) – Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce

By Michael Di Lonardo