Program support

To assist with supporting the study-sport balance, Elite Athletes are expected to plan for known commitments well in advance and consult the Elite Athlete Program Manager (Interim) with dates.

The UOW Elite Athlete program offers students the following:

Athletes are supported during their education journey at UOW through the following: 

  • Advice and guidance to student-athletes on academic planning
  • Support in negotiating necessary flexibility to meet academic requirements
  • Advocacy for the student-athlete within the university environment
  • Support in negotiating and/or implementing student cross institutional study or credit transfer arrangements
  • Provision of advice and support.
  • Recognition of elite athlete status and progress through appropriate communication channels within UOW and the program.

 Continuous cycle of advice on career pathways and programs available throughout the study journey

  • Individual career development planning and guidance
  • Resume & LinkedIn guidance and review
  • Support and guidance around graduate recruitment processes; psychometric testing; interview practice etc.
  • Academic support tailored to assist with study workloads


UOW will use their best endeavours to support student athlete needs highlighted below:

  • Assessment related needs:
    • Ability to negotiate assessment deadlines based on sporting related travel commitments
    • Ability to sit exams externally under exam conditions within the athlete’s environment (eg whilst travelling, in their hotel etc)
    • The minimum attendance at lectures, tutorials or practicals waived or rescheduled where the student-athlete is unavailable due to sporting commitments.
  • Enrolment related needs:
    • Ability to:
      • tailor academic study load to integrate with sporting commitments, available for first year students as well
      • negotiate lecture, tutorial and practical timetables to accommodate sporting commitments
      • extend minimum time to complete course due to periods of decreased study load
      • take several leaves of absence where required due to increased sporting commitments (eg Olympic Games year)
      • complete cross institutional study options with interstate universities, and flexibility within this policy provided for student athletes (eg first year students eligible, increase number of subjects able to be completed by cross institutional study
  • Provision of summer study alternatives and/or ability to swap between distance education mode and on campus mode, depending on sporting commitments and depending upon the university course requirements undertaken.


  • Recognition of credit achieved at interstate universities or overseas higher education institutions where possible.
  •  Course related needs:
    • Access to online education materials where possible, and/or class notes for missed lectures, tutorials or practicals.



  • Networking opportunities with relevant industries
  • Q & A Panels a range of interactive panel events exploring industries and the current job market
  • Opportunities for site visits to relevant organisations
  • Personalised invitation to attend interactive “Masterclasses” run by professionals to assist student athletes acquire the knowledge and skills needed to transition successfully.
  • As a part of the Elite Athlete’s program, you may be called upon to participate in media promotions where appropriate.
  • Introduce elite athletes to the UOW PASS program
  • UOW Mentoring Program currently being developed - Students in their final years of study, the program will help you build employability skills, increase your confidence before entering the workforce and raise your awareness about the range of job opportunities available in your field.