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2014 information booklet

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Tim Anderson Handball Bachelor of Management in Sports and Exercise


Contents 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16

Introduction About the programs Benefits and services EAFU Network Specials admissions scheme Partner programs and scholarships How to apply Testimonials

IMPORTANT DATES

2013

2014

31 OCTOBER 2013

2 DECEMBER 2013

31 JANUARY 2014

28 FEBRUARY 2014

2014 Elite Athlete and Performers Special Admissions Scheme Applications CLOSE. Make sure you don’t miss out – apply now!

UTS Elite Athlete Program Housing Scholarship applications OPEN. Remember to include your personal statement!

UTS Elite Athlete Program Housing Scholarship applications CLOSE. Good luck!

UTS Elite and Emerging Athlete Program Scholarship applications CLOSE. Good luck!

Applicants will be notified if they are successful in earlyFebruary 2014.

Applicants will be notified if they are successful by midMarch 2014.

Applicants will be notified in earlyFebruary 2014.

UTS Elite and Emerging Athlete Program Scholarship applications OPEN.

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Achieving success in sport and education For over 20 years, UTS Union has been committed to assisting athletes in their desire to combine high-performance sport participation with a tertiary education. Over the years UTS Union has specialised in providing invaluable sports scholarships to Olympians, World and National Champions. In 2013, UTS Union supported the largest number of athletes to date, providing scholarships to 160 elite and emerging athletes across 35 different sports, including numerous Olympic, World Champion, World University Games and National representatives. Following the principles of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Network, our programs have an overriding objective to assist our student athletes in combining high performance sport and a tertiary education.

Pat Cummins Cricket Bachelor of Business

Our experience in this field means that we understand pursuing both successful sporting and academic goals can be difficult to balance. With the right support and encouragement we know this can be successfully achieved. UTS Sport, via the UTS Elite Athlete Program can help you achieve this, providing enrolment flexibility, crossinstitutional study options, guidance in negotiating with lecturers and in arranging leave of absence for representative travel commitments. In order to assist students with this balancing act, a funding program established by UTS Union provides support to high achievers in a wide range of sporting pursuits. UTS Union has two programs to support athletes in their chosen academic and sporting pursuits: the Elite Athlete Program and the Emerging Athlete Program.

In 2014, UTS Union, in conjunction with UTS Housing, will again be offering two additional scholarships that provide free accommodation at UTS Housing for one university year, to further assist participants in achieving their sporting and academic pursuits. Program members can take advantage of a wide range of benefits, which may include: financial assistance, free UTS Fitness Centre membership (including consultation and programming), grants towards intervarsity sporting tournaments, assistance with academic matters and travel grants for international representation. If you are an elite athlete wanting to find the perfect balance and achieve your academic and sporting goals, then the UTS Elite and Emerging Athlete Program is for you.

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About the Program UTS Union has three programs available to support athletes of UTS: ƒƒ Elite Athlete Program ƒƒ Emerging Athlete Program ƒƒ Elite Athlete Program Housing Scholarship Elite Athlete Program Each student in the Elite Athlete Program will receive:   Financial assistance in the form of a cash grant of up to $4000 (depending on performance level)    Free use of the UTS Fitness Centre (Broadway or Kuring-gai) and consultation and programming services    Access to tailored strength and conditioning training programs    Subsidised fees when competing for UTS in university sporting competitions    Assistance with academic matters via the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network (see page 9) Emerging Athlete Program

Each student in the Emerging Athlete Program will receive:   A grant towards each annual university games    Free use of the UTS Fitness Centre (Broadway or Kuring-gai) and consultation and programming services    Access to tailored strength and conditioning training programs

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  Assistance with academic matters via the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network (see page 9)

Note: Athletes holding a scholarship with another Australian university will not be considered for the UTS Sports program.

Eligibility criteria for 2014   Any enrolled UTS student is eligible to apply for a sports scholarship    The student may be enrolled either full-time or part-time    The student will only receive their entitlements in the semester in which they are enrolled    The student must be a representative of the University Games Team (if relevant)    The student must be a member of a UTS Sporting Club for the sport in which they seek the scholarship (this is subject to the calibre of sports clubs offered by UTS. If you wish to discuss this further, please contact the UTS Union Sport and Recreation Manager)    The UTS Union Board reserves the right in special circumstances to grant a scholarship to students who do not meet the above eligibility criteria

2014 Elite Athlete Program Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria: Elite Athlete Program: Athletes who participate in their sport at a state, national or international level Emerging Athlete Program: Athletes who do not fulfil the above criteria will be considered for an Emerging Athlete Scholarship Scholarship selection is at the discretion of the Sports Management Committee. Applications open: 2 December 2013 Applications close: 28 February 2014 How to apply: The application form can be found on the UTS Union website www.utsunion.com.au under ‘Scholarships’. Instructions on how to apply can be found on page 14. Applicants will be notified if they are successful by mid-March 2014.


Trudi Stout Water Skiing Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Learning

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Benefits and Services As members of the UTS Elite and Emerging Athlete Programs, scholarship holders may receive: Financial assistance (Elite Athlete Scholarship holders only) UTS Elite Athletes receive financial assistance in the form of a cash grant of up to $4000 to assist with their academic and sporting pursuits (depending on their level of competition). This is paid in two instalments, one in each semester. Access to facilities Elite and Emerging Program scholarship holders are offered FREE membership to the UTS Fitness Centre, or the UTS Kuring-gai Gym, along with access to consultation and programming services to assist with their training regime while on campus.

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Tailored training Scholarship holders are eligible to take part in tailored strength and conditioning training sessions at UTS’ state-of-theart training facilities in Broadway (available only to Elite and Emerging Athlete Program participants). University Games grants All Elite and Emerging Program scholarship holders are eligible for subsidised fees when competing for UTS in intervarsity sporting competitions, such as the Eastern and Australian University Games.

Academic assistance Participants receive assistance and support in balancing their study and sport commitments from the Elite Athlete Program Manager, via the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Network (see page 9). This may include assisting student athletes with subject selection; ensuring UTS policies and procedures are followed; and in liaison with UTS academic staff regarding flexibility for sporting commitments. Travel Assistance To assist with associated travel costs (such as accommodation, airfares and registration fees), financial assistance of up to $1500 may be provided to student athletes who are selected in a national team and are required to travel overseas for competition.


Bianca Mercuri Water Polo Bachelor of Business and International Studies

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Emma Hunt Athletics Bachelor of Management in Sport and Exercise

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Elite Athlete Friendly University Network UTS is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network (EAFU), which means elite athletes have access to appropriate support services, helping facilitate their academic success.  As a member of the EAFU Network, UTS has made a commitment to assist athletes in the following areas (where possible and if required):    Enrolment assistance    Timetable/study planning - helping to find the best fit for sporting and academic commitments

  Lecture flexibility – assistance negotiating alternate attendance if there is a clash of schedules.    Assessment – assistance with assignment extension requests and defer exam requests

  Examinations – assistance negotiating location and supervision arrangements For more information on the EAFU Network please contact the UTS Union Sports and Recreation Manager.

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The UTS Elite Athletes and Performers Special Admission Scheme

(Application for additional five ATAR Points)

UTS offers a special entry scheme for undergraduate applicants whose education has been affected by elite level training, or performing commitments, during study relevant for entry to UTS. This scheme affords state or national level athletes the opportunity to gain five extra ATAR points on the standard ATAR cut-off for their course. Eligibility An applicant will be considered an elite athlete if they have officially represented their school, or state, at national level competition during Years 11 and 12, or during other studies relevant to their application. UAC application All Special Admission Elite Athletes and Performers applicants are also required to submit a UAC application for university admission (as per normal practice). They may also be required to fulfil

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other requirements such as completing a personal statement. Please ensure that the UTS section of the UAC guide is checked for any requirements related to the courses in the application. In addition to applying for admission through UAC, an application form must be completed and submitted to UTS along with supporting documentation from coaches, national sporting bodies and the athlete’s educational institution. Applications close: 31 October 2013

How to apply: Send completed application with supporting documentation to: UTS Student Centre, Building 1, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW 2007. Applicants will be informed of the outcome in early-February 2014. Alternatively, the application form can be found on the UTS website: www.equity.uts.edu.au/ admission/special/elite.html Please note, should the student wish to apply for the UTS Elite Athlete program, this must be completed separately and only once they have been accepted into a course at UTS.


Katie Harrison Touch Football Bachelor of Human Movement

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UTS Sports Partner Programs and Scholarships UTS Sport has established a number of scholarships with key partners as part of the UTS Elite Athlete Program. UTS Elite Athlete Program Housing Scholarship A funding program has been established by UTS Union and UTS Housing to provide two housing scholarships to support two members of the UTS Elite Athlete Program in their sporting and academic pursuits. These highly soughtafter and prestigious scholarships provide each recipient with a single room in an apartment at UTS Housing accommodation for the period of one university year. UTS Housing enables students to become part of the housing community, which provides an environment that is conducive to academic, social and personal growth. The atmosphere and spirit within UTS Housing gives students a great support network while living away from home; and importantly enabling the recipient immediate access to the city campus, UTS Fitness Centre and training facilities, ensuring they achieve the right balance. Eligibility criteria for 2014:   The student must be enrolled either full-time or part-time at UTS    The student must be eligible for the UTS Elite Athlete Program, and compete at a state, national or international level in their sport

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Please note: Athletes holding a sporting scholarship with another Australian university will not be considered for this scholarship. Applications open: 2 December 2013 Applications close: 31 January 2014 How to apply: The application form can be found on the UTS Union website at www.utsunion.com.au/sport/ scholarships. Instructions on how to apply for the EAP can be found on page 14. Application forms must be submitted with supporting documents and a one-page statement stating how a UTS Elite Athlete Program Housing Scholarship would assist their sporting and academic pursuits. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application in early-February 2014. Gordon UTS Scholarship UTS and Gordon Rugby Club have partnered to create the UTS and Gordon Academy, an academic pathway for talented rugby players. The Gordon UTS Scholarship is an application-based program where talented rugby players will receive:   The opportunity to apply for five additional ATAR points

towards university entry (applications must be submitted before 31 October 2013)   A funding grant towards study costs    Automatic entrance into the Gordon Extended Development System    Specialised coaching    Game analysis and technical feedback    Specialised training programs    A position on the FastTrack Pathway (opportunities to play higher grades)    Free use of the UTS Fitness Centre; or reciprocal membership to the Kuring-gai campus gym For enquiries, or to apply, please email generalmanager@ gordonrugby.com.au or phone 02 9413 8468. UTS Fencing Club Scholarship The UTS Fencing Club (UTSFC) has partnered with UTS Union to create a unique opportunity for talented fencers enrolled, or intending to study, at UTS. The scholarship aims to help students realise their leadership and sporting potential. Recipients will receive:    A funding grant towards study costs    Subsidies for lessons by a UTSFC coach at our training venues in his/her chosen discipline


Victoria Low Netball Bachelor of Human Movement

  Subsidies for state and national competition entry fees    Subsidies for Australian University Games participation    UTSFC training programs and squads For enquiries, or to apply, please contact the UTS Union Sport and Recreation Manager UTS Norths Athletic Club Scholarship UTS Norths, one of Australia’s premier athletics clubs is offering several scholarships to young athletes to assist them in achieving both their sporting and academic goals. For enquiries please email frazerdowling@yahoo.com or phone 0412 395 902. UTS Tennis Club Scholarship A UTS Tennis scholarship is one of a kind. The scholarship not only provides talented young players with the support and encouragement they need to achieve their sporting and academic goals, but also the opportunity to play in one of most innovative tennis tournaments in the world – the Asia-Pacific Tennis League.  

For enquiries please email Fudge.Atshan@uts.edu.au or phone 0423 382 672. UTS Netball Club Scholarship UTS Netball is one of the most successful university netball clubs in Australia. In 2014, UTS Netball is offering scholarships to athletes to assist them in achieving both their sporting and academic goals. For enquiries please email Fudge.Atshan@uts.edu.au or phone 0423 382 672. UTS has several high profile sports clubs competing at an elite level. To be eligible for financial assistance in the Elite Athlete Program Scholarship, student athletes must become a member of these clubs (if relevant to their sport):   UTS Norths Athletics    UTS Fencing Club    UTS Gridiron Club    UTS Hockey Club    UTS Kendo Club    UTS Rowing Club    Gordon Rugby Football Club    UTS Volleyball Club    Balmain Water Polo Club

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EAP Testimonials

Chris Dyson, Water Polo Bachelor of Human Movement

Hayder Shkara, Taekwondo

I was introduced to the Elite Athlete Program through the Balmain Water Polo Club. I applied for a number of reasons, but most significantly, the access to services assisting me in managing my academic workloads and balancing those demands with those of my sport (tournaments and competitions). Ultimately, the financial assistance (and other benefits including access to the UTS Fitness Centre) this scholarship provides me with, enables me to have a greater focus on my training and studies, meaning I need less time to work.

While researching universities as part of my university selection, I came across the Elite Athlete Program at UTS. I decided to apply for the program because I thought that free access to the UTS Fitness Centre at uni would be very practical, allowing me to go the gym in between classes. Also the support provided by UTS staff that allowed me to travel and rearrange my assessments seemed beneficial.

The whole experience with the Elite Athlete Program has been phenomenal. I had not expected the amount of support UTS provides for the Elite Athlete Program students. I am constantly thankful for being a part of this program, particularly during challenging times when I am given short notice of team selection and interstate requirements. The program managers are able to assist me with rescheduling classes so that I can attend sporting requirements and still not miss any classes. For me, this is invaluable. The support provided through the program has allowed me to simultaneously study and represent the university, all the while supporting me in achieving my goals. To date my greatest achievement, which is testament to the Elite Athlete Program, has been my selection as team captain for the Mens Water Polo team as part of the Australian Uniroos, competing at the World University Games in July 2013 in Kazan, Russia.

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Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Journalism

Being involved in the Elite Athlete Program has definitely made my studies a lot easier, especially knowing that the support I receive from UTS is fantastic – there is always someone on my side. Being able to travel when required, while continuing my studies has been great. Also, the additional support of the program managers in assisting with negotiating with my tutors, as well as the financial support from the program has eased a huge burden, enabling me to focus on my studies and sporting achievements. The program has helped me achieve a number of highlights in my sporting career: three consecutive World Championships; Australian National Team Member since 2009; 2009 UTS Sportsman of the Year; Australian Olympic Team Trainer/Training Partner.


Strategic Partners

Lucinda Whitty, Sailing Bachelor of Business I first heard about the Elite Athlete Program at my very first open/information day. I thought having the extra support during my studies through the program would really help with trying to manage my studies along with my sporting commitments. The whole experience has been fantastic! I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have without the program. The support is amazing and is absolutely required by athletes to balance their many commitments.  Personally, the program has allowed me to be flexible with my study program when I was required to train or compete overseas. Most importantly, the program provided much needed support when training for the 2012 London Olympics, where I won Silver in my chosen sport, Sailing.

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UTS Union Sport and Recreation Manager Aimee Purcell P 02 9514 2832 E Aimee.Purcell@uts.edu.au

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