Elite Athlete and Performer Support

As a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network, we know you're committed to your training and competition schedule. We recognise your focus and dedication, and these are qualities that we value in our students.

We can give you the support you need to balance your sporting career with your study.

Who we support

We support a range of elite athletes and support staff, including:

  • Australian Olympians
  • professional sportspeople
  • emerging elite athletes
  • coaches
  • referees
  • elite performers

If you want to check that you're eligible or if you have any questions, please email us.

Alicia Quirk

Alicia Quirk
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Australian Women's Rugby Sevens

"Charles Sturt University has helped me by providing extensions and support for assessments while always encouraging me to do well throughout."

How we can support you

Our dedicated staff can support you while you study as part of the Elite Athlete Program. Many of our members can:

  • study their course online
  • get flexibility in their studies, sit exams elsewhere or get assignment extensions
  • get subsidised on-campus accommodation support
  • access tailored study plans and academic support
  • use our gyms and sporting facilities
  • get free Canterbury International sporting apparel
  • apply for sports travel grants

Applying for special consideration for admission

We know that your sporting commitments can impact on your preparation for uni. Please upload the Elite Athlete Program Special Consideration for Admission Form and supporting documentation when you apply for your course online.

Kaarle McCulloch

Kaarle McCulloch
Bachelor of Education
Olympic Track Cyclist

"Charles Sturt University has helped me develop a study plan and also recognised that my training and racing are my first priorities."

Course requirements

Some courses are unable to offer flexibility or have reduced flexibility. Check your course info or email us about meeting the requirements.

Phil Bellingham

Phil Bellingham
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Olympic Cross Country Skier

"Charles Sturt's Elite Athlete Coordinator helped me tailor my course around my training and competing, as well as offering me financial assistance for events like the World University Games."