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Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Science), majoring in psychology and exercise behaviour, 2007
Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Kate Doughty, an Australian equestrian champion, completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Science) in 2007, majoring in psychology and exercise behaviour. Given the challenges of combining study with national and international competitions, Kate took five years to complete her undergraduate degree. Kate deferred her studies as required in response to the demands of overseas travel and competition. As travelling to uni was a two hour round trip, she studied part time in off-campus mode maximising the flexible study options available to elite athletes studying at Deakin University, allowing more training and study time. Kate was also able to sit some exams while training in Holland, in 2007.
After a year off studies, Kate spent the year working and training, aiming to make the Beijing team. Unfortunately, Kate just missed out, however in 2008 she worked for an organisation involved in sports psychology. In 2009 Kate returned to Deakin after being accepted into a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Once again studying part time, Kate worked with her course coordinators to organise her studies around her equestrian commitments. Kate says, 'The staff were very helpful and supportive, as I was away at Nationals when assignments were due and exam revision began. Extensions and special consideration were all available to me as support if required.'
Kate subsequently won the Nationals, which she says 'was great. And having the pressure off from being granted extensions while I was competing was a significant contributor in allowing me to focus on my training and competition for those few weeks. I now have qualifiers commencing for the World Championships in December. If I make the team they will be held in Kentucky, USA. Then hopefully I will compete at London 2012.'
Kate acknowledges that she has to be very well organised and plan her weeks when it comes to combining study and training/competitions, but without the support of Deakin she says, 'it would have not been possible to do both. I now hope to complete my thesis and then apply to commence a doctorate in the coming years.'