Career Planning Support

Elite Athlete Friendly University

The Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Network has been established to identify and promote universities who have responded to the specific needs of elite student athletes by developing new, or promoting existing policies and practices which assist elite student athletes to undertake sporting opportunities whilst pursuing and achieving academic excellence.

The value of combining both sport and higher education to achieve greater life success is well recognised across the university and sporting sectors as is recognised within Gymnastics Australia as being an important balance for the wellbeing of the athlete.

There are 41 universities across Australia that are part of the EAFU network. Each of these universities have a contact person to support elite athletes within their university.

The guiding principles of the EAFU include:

  • Provide advice and guidance on academic planning around the athletes training and competition schedule.
  • Assist with applications into universities
  • Assist with negotiating flexibility to meet academic requirements
  • Tailoring academic study loads to integrate sporting commitments

For more information, visit Sport Aus – Elite Athlete Friendly University Program

Career Practitioner Referral Network

This network is available to all categorised athletes and coaches (on a case by case basis) to provide a range of tailored and bespoke career development planning and career decision making advice and support. This service covers up-to 4 AIS funded sessions.

High quality specialists based across Australia are available to support elite athletes in career development and education choices during and after their time in elite sport.

To register your interest in speaking to Professional Career Practitioners, contact Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager, Stephanie Moorhouse at smoorhouse@gymnastics.org.au or email careerandeducation@ausport.gov.au