Elite Athlete and Performer program

Training, performing, or competitive sporting commitments can be challenging and may require additional flexibility.  We can support you while you balance your sporting career and study commitments.

This is a SSAF funded initiative

How we can support you

Our dedicated staff can support you while you study as part of the Elite Athlete and Performer program. Many of our members can:

  • study their course online
  • get special consideration for admission
  • apply for elite athlete and performer program scholarships
  • get flexibility in their studies, sit exams elsewhere or get assignment extensions
  • get subsidised on-campus accommodation support
  • access tailored study plans and academic support
  • use our gyms and sporting facilities
  • get free Charles Sturt Elite Athlete and Performer Program apparel
  • get Uni Nationals representation subsidies.

Charles Sturt University is a member of the Australian Institute of Sports Elite Athlete Education Network, and UniSport Australia’s Elite Student Athlete Pathway Program.


We have four categories in our program.

Athletes participating at the highest level of their sport or activity. The University will grant Elite Athlete status to athletes who are:

  • national representatives
  • selected to participate in international sporting (or cultural) events
  • and are identified and recognised by a national supporting body or association.

Other representation will be considered on an individual basis.

Athletes that have been recognised for their potential to attain high honours in their selected sport.

Recognition accepted from a:

  • regional academy
  • state/national sporting organisation
  • or the associated pathway for the chosen sport.

Support people involved at the highest level of their sport or sports related activity.

This includes:

  • referees
  • coaches
  • officials
  • and support staff with the same travel and training commitments as Elite Athletes.
Someone who has been identified as having performed successfully in extended or significant productions/performing arts at a state, national or international level.

How to apply

  • Go to the Student Portal and submit the Elite Athlete form
  • You can check the status of your request on your Student Portal

Contact us

Kate Staniforth

Student Liaison Officer (Elite Athletes and Sports)

Division of Student Success

Tel/Fax: 02 6365 7838

Email: eliteathletes@csu.edu.au

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