A matter of balance
It can be difficult to find the right balance in a modern sporting world that demands a high level of commitment from its athletes.
A new University of Adelaide scheme established earlier this year aims to help its current and future student-athletes achieve excellence in both fields of endeavour.
The Elite Athlete Support and Information Service is designed to identify and help elite athletes trying to balance their sporting commitments with their studies, as well as promote the University to prospective student-athletes.
The project officer for the scheme is world champion and Olympic rower Amber Halliday, who also has two degrees from the University of Adelaide.
Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha says the EASIS program continues the University's strong history of providing an environment where students are encouraged to enjoy the total university experience, which includes playing sport.
"For example, we have produced 98 Rhodes Scholars who have all excelled in their studies and their sport," he says.
"This program is designed not only to help those student-athletes who are already here, but also to promote the University to future students as a place to get the best out of yourself in both academic and sporting pursuits."