Charles Sturt University third-year Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science student in the School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences Mr Will Hodges is grateful for receiving University backing to pursue his academic and sporting dreams.
Will is from Greenthorpe, a small town 30 minutes from Cowra in the Central West.
With a love for cycling, he often had to travel state-wide for competitions to pursue his sporting vision. He now competes at the national level for cycling and hopes to continue at his peak while completing his degree this year at Charles Sturt in Bathurst.
Thanks to the financial support of a Charles Sturt University Sports Council Scholarship, Will believes he can achieve both goals.
“I am extremely grateful for the investment and belief Charles Sturt University has shown in me,” Will said.
“It will go a long way in helping me maintain my commitment to elite sport while I continue studying to get my degree.”
Will said that the scholarship will be utilised to support both pursuits.
“The funding will help pay for textbooks and other study materials along with the costs associated with racing,” he said.
“This scholarship has provided the backbone for me to give my all on the track, and in supporting other athletes by becoming a practitioner in the exercise and sports science world.”
It is the second time that Will has been awarded the Charles Sturt University Sports Council Scholarship.
“I am honoured to have received this scholarship for the second year running,” Will said.
“The Sports Council do a great job supporting student athletes. I definitely made the right choice in picking Charles Sturt for my higher education.”
CEO of the Charles Sturt University Foundation Ms Sarah Ansell said, “Charles Sturt University is proud to support the academic, cultural and sporting goals of our students.
“Our Elite Athlete and Performer Program allows students to continue to develop themselves in the sporting realm, while also pursuing their chosen course.
“We have a long list of former students who have competed at elite levels, including the eight athletes who participated in this year’s Tokyo Olympics, and Para Olympian gold-medallist Kurt Fearnley.”
Will thanked the Charles Sturt University Sports Council for putting their faith in him.
There are currently more than 150 scholarships offered through Charles Sturt University. A full list of scholarships is available on the Charles Sturt website.