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The Elite Student-Athlete Pathway (ESAP) program, launched in 2014 is a joint partnership between the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Australian University Sport (AUS). The ESAP program works closely with AUS member universities, national sporting organisations (NSOs), national institute network (NIN), elite student-athletes and other stakeholders in support of Australia's Winning Edge 2012-2022 strategy.

A key focus of the ESAP program, is to enhance the alignment and coordination of the university and high performance sport sectors.  The ESAP program provides leadership and direction to establish and deliver strategies to build capacity and foster collaboration between the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) and national institute network (NIN) to identify, monitor and support elite student athletes.





29 January           VU - Understanding Race, Racism and Whiteness within Sporting Organisations, Melbourne

6 February           QAS - Load Management in Elite Adolescent Athletes Symposium, Brisbane

23 March             AUS - Empowering Athletes through Engagement and Ownership Workshop, Melbourne

20 April                AUS - Empowering Athletes through Engagement and Ownership Workshop, Perth


15 August             AIS Sports Draft Testing, Brisbane

22 August             AIS Sports Draft Testing, Perth and Sydney

29 August             AIS Sports Draft Testing, Melbourne and Adelaide

6 September         AIS Sports Draft Testing, Canberra

9 September         AUS - Empowering Athletes through Engagement and Ownership Workshop, Brisbane

29-30 September  AIS Sports Draft Testing, Gold Coast

29-30 October       AIS - Elite Athlete Friendly University Conference, Melbourne

7 December          AUS - Empowering Athletes through Engagement and Ownership Workshop, Sydney

High Performance Partnerships

Australian universities have extensive resources, capabilities and cuting edge technologies.  Through the cultivation of key partnerships between universities and high performance sport, long term synergetic relationships can be developed to enhance performance outcomes on the sporting field, in academia, commercially and for students and student-athletes.  

Australian universities are:

  • geographical diverse: 42 universities with over 200 campus located throughout Australia
  • resourceful:
    • human - student (volunteers, interns, researchers), technical experts
    • financial - commercial, VIK, grants, scholarships
    • educational - courses, research, academic findings
    • physcial - sporting facilities, laboratories, meeting rooms, lecture theatres, function centres, office space
  • technologically equiped

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