The outstanding academic achievements of some leading Australian Dolphins have been celebrated as part of the Australian Catholic University’s Sport and Performer Awards.
The ceremony at Melbourne Cathedral Hall recognised the achievements of ACU’s student athletes who succeeded at the top of their fields while meeting and exceeding academic standards.
Australia’s most decorated Paralympian Ellie Cole along with fellow Dolphins Brenden Hall, Alex Perkins and Bronte Job were all recipients of ACU’s inaugural round of Blues, the highest sporting honour awarded within tertiary institutions.
A Blue is awarded in recognition of a student athlete or Alumni that has represented Australia at an international event such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games or World Championships, while maintaining their academic studies
Swimming Australia Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager, Linley Frame, congratulated the athletes on their awards, describing them as deserved recognition for their commitment to their studies.
“Maintaining your studies while training and competing for your country on the international stage requires a discipline and determination that deserves to be celebrated,” Frame said.
“We are incredibly proud of all four athletes, not only for their achievement in the water but particularly for the commitment they show in furthering their opportunities beyond the pool.”
Perkins was also one of only three recipients of the Elite Athlete and Performer Program Academic Excellence Award.