• Griffith Sports College Director Duncan Free OAM welcomes new manager Naomi McCarthy OAM to the team. Photo credit: Griffith UniversityGriffith Sports College Director Duncan Free OAM welcomes new manager Naomi McCarthy OAM to the team. Photo credit: Griffith University

Griffith named a top uni choice by elite athletes

A new research study conducted by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has revealed that Griffith University is one of the top two choices for elite athletes choosing a university.

Griffith Sports College Director and Olympic rower, Duncan Free OAM said this recognition by tier one elite athletes reaffirms Griffith’s position as one of Australia’s leading sporting universities.

"Griffith has a strong commitment to sporting excellence through its partnership with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, innovative research, teaching, sports scholarships and promoting healthy lifestyles," Duncan said.

Griffith currently has 45 students registered as tier one elite athletes with the AIS, and more than 400 students who are members of the Griffith Sports College. In the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Griffith students and alumni took home 10 gold medals, five silver and seven bronze.  Now, with the 2018 Commonwealth Games coming to the Gold Coast, there will be even more sporting facilities opening on and around the campus for the benefit of elite athletes.

Bachelor of Sports Development student Domonic Bedggood, who won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in diving, said the Griffith Sports College had given him more support throughout his journey than he ever could have imagined: "The Sports College is always willing to go that extra mile to make sure I’m on top of everything,” he said. “It’s great because it is one less stress I have to worry about when I am at the peak of my training and competing."

If you are interested in finding out more about studying in Australia as an elite athlete, or are interested in studying sport in general, you can find out more about Griffith University here, or contact Study Options for more details.

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