Student Athlete Profile - Adelaide Dennis

Adelaide Dennis



What is your Sport? 

Ultimate Frisbee


What degree are you studying at ANU?

I'm doing a PhD on malaria parasite membrane physiology


How many hours per week do you spend training/competing?

At least 10 hours per week...often more


How do you juggle the committments of ice hockey and studying?

I’m lucky that post-graduate study is so flexible. I’ll take time off to practice throwing, or go to the gym, but then you’ll find me at ANU doing experiments on the weekend to make the time up


Does sport assist you in your academic pursuits?

Absolutely. I wouldn’t be able to deal with the pressure of doing a PhD without taking the time out to be completely immersed in sport. 


Greatest sporting achievement?

Greatest achievement was being a part of the winning team at the US Open for the mixed division in 2015. One of my proudest moments was coming 6th at AUGs with the ANU women’s team in 2015.  


What is your long-term sporting goal?

Jump higher, run faster. Always. 


Who has had the greatest influence on your sporting career thus far?

Most recently the biggest influence on my ultimate career has been the Australian women’s team head coach John Horan. He has amazing insight into how to play good ultimate, and my game has really improved since he’s been coaching me. 


Who is your sporting idol and why?

Pat Rafter. What a hottie!


Do you have any supersititions or unusual game day preparations?

I used to always tie the drawstring on my Skins in a certain way. But then I accidently bought a pair that didn’t have a drawstring, so I had to ditch that… 


Tell us something about you people may not know?

I’ve been growing my hair for the length of my PhD. It’s like the girl equivalent of a PhD beard. It’s really long now. When I submit my thesis, I’m going to dye it red so I can live my true dream of being the mermaid Ariel.