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CQUni elite athletes awarded sporting scholarships

Published:15 May 2019

TOP: CEO of North Queensland Sports Foundation Stephen Farrell with CQUni student and elite swimmer Jack Hendy. BELOW: CQUni Associate Vice-Chancellor Cairns Region Jodie Duignan-George with Aussie hockey player Haylee Brodin and Mr Farrell.

Two CQUni students who are elite athletes have this week been awarded scholarships from the North Queensland Sports Foundation (NQSF).

Cairns-based Australian hockey player Haylee Brodin and Townsville-based Queensland swimmer Jack Hendy were both presented with the inaugural study scholarships that will allow them to continue participating in their competitive sports while undertaking study.

The scholarships are each valued at $10 000.

NQSF CEO Stephen Farrell said he was pleased to present both students with their scholarships.

“Many of our elite athletes from North Queensland relocate to the South East to pursue their sporting careers and further their education,” Mr Farrell explained.

“Our scholarship program is designed to encourage our elite athletes to remain in North Queensland whilst developing their sporting careers and further education, resulting in better outcomes," he said.

“Sports such as athletics, swimming, hockey, netball, basketball and rugby league have the resources to develop our athletes in North Queensland, whilst CQUniversity has the capacity to advance their education.”

Mr Farrell said both Ms Brodin, a Bachelor of Paramedic Science student, and Mr Hendy, a Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology) student, would benefit greatly from the assistance provided by the scholarship program.

CQUniversity Deputy Director of Development and Alumni Relations Francois Gallais said scholarships such as the ones presented by NQSF allowed sportspeople to follow their passions without affecting their university studies.

“CQUniversity is proud to be able to support professional sportspeople through such scholarships, encouraging them to remain living in their regions while still pursuing their sporting dreams,” Mr Gallais said.

Mr Gallais thanked the NQSF for its generous contribution.

“I commend and thank Steve for this scholarship which has created a wonderful opportunity for both Haylee and Jack,” Mr Gallais said.

“Scholarships are particularly important as they help ease financial pressures associated with study and make coming to University a possibility for students who might otherwise not have the financial means to do so,” he said.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship for study at CQUniversity should visit cqu.edu.au/scholarships to find out more about available opportunities and eligibility requirements.