Our elite athlete program helps you successfully complete your studies while training and competing at an elite level.

We recognise the challenges of combining elite sport with an academic workload and provide the support you need to be successful, on and off the field.

Our student athletes have competed at major local and international events, including the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the World University Games.

Leaders in sport

Victoria University is ranked number 12 in the world in sport science (Shanghai rankings, 2018–19).

As a leader in sport education, we offer the largest number of sport-related courses in Australia, spanning all areas of sport, exercise science and active living.

With more than 40 sport-related programs at TAFE, undergraduate and postgraduate levels we can help you achieve your goals.

Elite students can take advantage of our $68 million Sport and Learning Precinct at Footscray Park Campus which boasts the latest technology and sport & fitness equipment.

World-class research

Our human movement and sport science research received the highest rating of 5 in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia assessment.

Support for elite student athletes

VU is a member of the Australian Sports Commission's Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Network and recognises the challenges students face when combining elite sport with an academic workload.

Our athlete support program gives you access to support and special study arrangements so you can balance your study with your training and competition demands.

Special arrangements can include:

  • alternative exams
  • assessment deadline negotiations
  • timetabling assistance
  • cross-institutional study assistance.

The generous support provided by our Elite Athlete Support Program and scholarships has made it possible for many students to balance study, training and life.

"VU was so supportive – allowing me to manage training and uni at the same time."

Olympian and Bachelor of Business student, Renuga Veeran.

Sport scholarships

We have three sport scholarships available to current students:

Our sport scholarships assist outstanding VU athletes and emerging student athletes in their aim to participate in elite level sport.

They help with financial and in-kind support for competition and training fees, international travel and University representation, as well as access to fitness centres and health clinics.

If you would like to support the scholarships program, you can make an online donation today.


To be recognised as an elite student athlete, and receive special support, you must be a member of at least one of these sporting organisations or teams:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players' Association
  • Australian Cricketers' Association
  • Rugby Union Players' Association
  • Rugby League Professionals' Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers' Association
  • State or National squad and league members from Australian Sports Commission (ASC) supported sports (including athletes who have qualified for national championships).

VU provided an environment and facilities to prepare marathon runner and student, Liam Adams, for the Rio Olympics.

Read Liam's story.

Apply for the elite student athlete program

To be recognised as one of our elite student athletes, please take the following steps:

  1. Complete an Elite Athlete support application form

    Applications must include supporting documentation from a relevant state or national sporting organisation, or an endorsement from an Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) member. You will automatically be considered for available Sport Scholarship support.

  2. Meet with the University's Elite Athlete Contact Officer, Scott Cashmere.

    Where: VU Sport Office, Room L011, building L, Level 0 Footscray Park Campus.
    Email: eliteathletes@vu.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 9919 4433.

  3. Identify any potential clashes with your study and sporting commitments

    Read each of your course unit outlines carefully. Speak with your coaches and/or institute ACE Advisors about existing and upcoming (including potential) sporting commitments.

  4. Meet with your course coordinator to communicate any potential study and sporting clashes

    Introduce yourself to lecturers, tutors and teachers. Be proactive and identify any academic and sporting clashes for the semester. Potential clashes must be identified in advance. Special study arrangements may not be possible after the event.

Dual Paralympian and Diploma of Remedial Massage graduate, Todd Hodgetts, competed in major shotput competitions while on an elite athlete scholarship at VU.

ATAR adjustment for high performance sport participants

Current Year 12 students can receive an adjustment of 5 ATAR points if they:

To be eligible for the high performance sport bonus you must be involved in an Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised sport. You must also be:

  • recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) or professional player's association; or
  • a member of a national senior squad from a Performance Excellence (PE) support sport; or
  • in a state or national level squad in open or age level competition; or
  • in a state or national level development squad; or
  • a coach or referee within state, national or international level competitions.

  1. Complete the High Performance Sport Adjustment application form.
  2. Supply evidence of your high performance sporting involvement (e.g. documents, references or certificates).
  3. Email your application to high.performance.sport@vu.edu.au by 20 December 2018.

Contact us

Scott Cashmere
Sport Services Manager
Phone: +61 3 9919 4433
Email: eliteathletes@vu.edu.au