The ANU Sport Dinner, held on Friday 18 November 2016 at the National Museum of Australia, provided a memorable forum through which the establishment of a sports scholarship program at The ANU was announced. Guest speaker at this dinner, Rio Gold medallist Kim Brennan, spoke of the struggle to balance study and sport, and how “sport brings hope”.
Kim joined a guest panel, which included Paralympian road cyclist Susan Powell, ANU Sports Star of the Year Justin James and pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard B, in discussing the role that sport plays as part of a holistic university experience. Master of Ceremonies Tim Gavel, a noted ABC Sport commentator, involved the audience in a lively conversation.
The philosophy for the scholarship program is to foster and maintain sustainable pathways for talented sportspersons who are undertaking studies at The ANU. These pathways will enable scholarship recipients to balance their academic and athletic aspirations, and assist their direction into the workplace after university life. Inspired graduates with a holistic university development can re-invest their experiences, leadership and skills to benefit their workplace and community.
The funding mechanisms for contributions to ANU Sport Scholarships will be two-fold:
1. Through The ANU Fund to build a principal, from which the interest earned will support a range of scholarships in perpetuity; and
2. Through the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF), which can track contributions to nominated sports clubs affiliated with ANU Sport.
The contributions sites will be live shortly, with discussions to be finalised with those affiliated clubs interested in partaking of the program. This is an exciting step for ANU Sport, with sports scholarships being established to supplement the wide range of academic scholarships already on offer at The ANU.