UNE to launch Sport Academy for elite athletes

The University of New England’s top sporting students have some exciting times ahead, with the University set to launch its UNE Sports Academy at next Friday’s annual Open Day. 

The Sports Academy has been established due to growing numbers of elite athletes choosing to complete their studies at UNE. Director of UNE Life, Mr David Schmude, said the academy will assist athletes to balance their studies whilst meeting the high demands of representative level sport.

“UNE has a rich history of students achieving sporting success, most recently with UNE Student, Gillian Backhouse, winning Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

“With a high performance facility that is the envy of most regional sporting centres, the timing is right to establish an academy to assist our aspiring sporting athletes to achieve success both on and off the field.

“UNE Sports Academy will be working closely with our UNE Exercise and Sports Science staff and National Sporting Organisations to provide individualised strength and conditioning programs specific to our athlete’s needs.”

“A major focus of the Academy will also be providing academic support, leadership, personal branding and mental health education, with the intention of guiding our athletes towards success” Mr Schmude said.

The UNE Sports Academy already has the support of some well-known elite athletes, with UNE alumni and national cricket star, Erin Osbourne, travelling to UNE next Friday for the academy launch. Erin has represented Australia in all forms of Australian Cricket and is a member of the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League. Erin is excited at the possibilities this academy can provide students studying in Armidale.

“It is a game changer, with the University providing a supportive pathway for aspiring athletes in the country. The Sport UNE facilities are exemplary and UNE students are lucky to have them right on their doorstep.”   

The UNE Sports Academy launch will be held on campus at the UNE Open Day Main Stage, TC Lamble Building courtyard at 12pm.

Image: Gillian Backhouse pictured with Vice-Chancellor Annabelle Duncan shortly after winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.