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Deakin University is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network. The network consists of the Australian Institute of Sport and State Based Institute of Sport and five professional sports. Deakin University has signed an agreement with the Australian Sports Commission to support the integration of Australian elite athletes' sporting and academic aspirations. Deakin University, as one of Australia's foremost sport universities, is dedicated to supporting elite athletes in their quest to integrate academic success with the demands of training and competition.
Read profiles of Deakin students who are part of the Elite Athlete Friendly University agreement.
The EAFU agreement provides a specific definition of an elite athlete. For the purposes of this agreement, elite athletes attached to the network of institutes and academies of sport across Australia are on the list of registered elite athletes. This definition extends to athletes and coaches contracted to those sports and entities shown in the list below.
To ensure integration of studies with competition demands, elite athletes are encouraged to communicate directly with the course coordinators and unit lecturers at the commencement of each trimester. Establishing dialogue with staff early in the trimester and outlining training and playing schedules will enhance the opportunity for staff to take advantage of Deakin's flexible and innovative approach to its teaching. In the event that problems arise when trying to plan a schedule of attendance, assignment submission and exam completion with course coordinators and lecturers in the first instance, elite athletes should contact Professor David Shilbury to discuss the issues.
Professor David Shilbury
Chair, Sport Management
School of Management and Marketing
03 9244 6164