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Newy star Fisher receives AIS Education Scholarship


Thirty-seven athletes, including Newcastle’s Aimee Fisher, have been awarded more than $100,000 in AIS Education Scholarships.

The program, which will cover 19 sports and 21 tertiary institutions, is designed to support the individual to be successful in sport, education and life.

A key feature of this year’s expanded initiative is assisting athletes with their schooling needs earlier in their high-performance sporting careers.

More than three-quarters of the recipients in this round are categorised as “developing” or “emerging”, the first two steps on their journey to becoming an international medallist.

“Sport and education are a winning mix,” former chair of the Australian Sports Commission John Wylie said.

“Every athlete goes into competition with a game-plan.

“So, this program with the AIS is about helping more Australian athletes to pursue education as part of their broader life plan.

“Every athlete receiving one of these grants has talents beyond the sporting arena, just look at the breadth of education courses they’re undertaking.

“There’s health education like paramedics, speech pathology, sonography and medicine, through to diverse areas such as science, commerce, design, engineering and so much more.

“Our message to athletes is sporting success doesn’t have to be at the sacrifice of other ambitions, especially education and career pathways.

“If we can encourage more athletes to engage with education at the start of their sporting careers, we’ll no doubt have more successful leaders emerging from sport and into their communities.”

Fisher suffered a spinal injury as a gymnast in 2017 but re-imagined her sport and education goals when she sat in a racing wheelchair alongside Paralympic champion Madi de Rozario just six weeks after her accident.

Now, the 20-year-old is aiming to complete her Bachelor of Medical Sonography in 2023 while also training towards a Paralympic debut in Paris 2024.

“Since I was four, I dreamt of doing X-rays as a career, so I’ve decided to focus on ultrasound,” Fisher said.

“For me, there is a sense of purpose and fulfilment in balancing these facets of my life [sport and education) and seeing the results of hard work and determination put into striving towards lifelong dreams and goals set along the way.”

The AIS has prioritised athlete education and created more specialised support by building its Elite Athlete Education Network (EAEN) across the country, too.

“The AIS now has formal links with more than 40 universities and 12 TAFEs, giving Australian athletes greater choice and flexibility with their education support,” CEO Peter Conde said.

“Our priority is to support those athletes who demonstrate a genuine commitment to study and can use their own experiences to inspire and benefit others, in sport and the broader community.”

AIS Education Scholarship recipients

  • Abby Andrews: Water Polo Australia, The University of Queensland, Bachelor Advanced Finance and Economics, QLD
  • Abigail Paduch: Judo Australia, Australian Catholic University, Bachelor High Performance Sport, NSW
  • Aimee Fisher: Athletics Australia, Central Queensland University, B. Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma Medical Sonography, NSW
  • Alec Paterson: Rowing Australia, The University of South Australia, Bachelor Construction Management, TAS
  • Alexander English: Australian Fencing Federation, Deakin University, Bachelor Sport and Exercise Science, VIC
  • Alexander Rossi: Rowing Australia, Notre Dame, Bachelor Biomedical Science, WA
  • Alyssa West: Water Polo Australia, Flinders University, Bachelor Health Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy, SA
  • Amelia Quinlan: Australian Sailing, The University of New South Wales, Bachelor Actuarial Studies (Co-op), NSW
  • Caitlin Bettenay: Volleyball Australia, The University of Queensland, Masters of Physiotherapy Studies, QLD
  • Caitlin Webber: Paddle Australia, Flinders University, Bachelor Education (Secondary)/B Health Science, SA
  • Cameron Girdlestone: Rowing Australia, University of Western Sydney, Graduate Diploma in Property Investment, ACT
  • Catriona Bisset: Athletics Australia, The University of Melbourne, Master of Architecture, VIC
  • Hayden Beltz: Hockey Australia, Curtin University, Bachelor of Science, WA
  • Jack Lunn: Athletics Australia, Monash University, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science, VIC
  • Jana Milutinovic: Volleyball Australia, Australian National University, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), SA
  • Jayshaan Randhawa: Hockey Australia, RMIT, Master of Biotechnology, VIC
  • Jessica Borg: Australian Taekwondo, Griffith University, Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Law Honors, QLD
  • Joseph Wilson: Rowing Australia, University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Science (Hons), TAS
  • Kaarle McCulloch: AusCycling, Charles Sturt University, Bachelor of Education Health and Physical Education, NSW
  • Katerina Paul: Snow Australia, La Trobe University, Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), VIC
  • Kira Ward: Gymnastics Australia, Australian College of Physical Education, B. Education (Physical & Health), NSW
  • Kristina Bates: Hockey Australia, Deakin University, Bachelor of Laws, VIC
  • Kristy Harris: Boxing Australia, Deakin University, Bachelor of Psychological Science, VIC
  • Liam Twomey: Triathlon Australia, Deakin University, Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science, VIC
  • Luke Bate: Triathlon Australia, The University of South Australia, Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition and Exercise), NSW
  • Mackenzie Mielczarek: Athletics Australia, Deakin University, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, VIC
  • Matthew Graham: Snow Australia, University of Newcastle, Bachelor Civil Engineering (Honours)/B of Business, NSW
  • Nathan Katz: Judo Australia, Charles Sturt University, Bachelor of Sports Media, NSW
  • Olivia O’Rourke: Diving Australia, University of Technology Sydney Bachelor of Construction Project Management, NSW
  • Remashree Muniandy: Squash Australia, Flinders University, Bachelor of Paramedic Science, SA
  • Seve de Campo: Snow Australia, Australian National University, Bachelor Engineering (Hons) / Commerce, ACT
  • Stacey Hymer: Australian Taekwondo, RMIT, Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition, VIC
  • Tahlia Blanshard: Swimming Australia, Australian College of Physical Education, B. Health Science (Exercise), NSW
  • Tess Lloyd: Australian Sailing, Monash University, Bachelor of Arts, VIC
  • Victoria Rossiter: Shooting Australia, Flinders University, Bachelor of Speech Pathology, SA
  • Will Thompson: Athletics Australia, Australian Catholic University, Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, VIC
  • Zoe Cuthbert: AusCycling, Australian National University, Bachelor of Design, ACT

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