Elite Sport Program

About the program

Bond University is a member of the Australian Sport Commission's Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Program, which provides flexible study loads and requirements for athletes.

Bond University will support elite athletes in the balanced pursuit of their academic and sporting goals through providing flexible academic regulations for students-athletes of an elite level.

Bond's Elite Sport Program (BESP) is a two-tiered program; 

Tier one status will be granted to an athlete that currently competes at a national / international level in their chosen sport.

Tier two status will be granted to an athlete that represents at a state level. 

Please note each application is judged on its individual merits in consultation with the relevant National Sporting organisation. Applicants will be granted BESP status if they are a member of one of the following organisations:

  • Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players' Association
  • Australian Cricketer's Association
  • Rugby Union Players' Association
  • Rugby League Professionals' Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers' Association
  • National squad and league members from Australian Sports Commission (ASC) supported sports

*note applicants that do not fall under one of the above organisations may still apply.   

The benefits of BESP include:

  • Academic Flexibility
  • Priority timetabling
  • Access to Bond’s Elite Athlete Fund (up to $2000 per year) (Tier 1 only)
  • Exclusive access and discounted rate to Bond Physiotherapy Program
  • Free registration for Australian University Games and Championships (in the nominated elite sport) 
  • Free ticket to Bond’s annual Blues Awards
  • Free access to Bond’s Resident tutoring program

To attain the status of an elite athlete, students must register with, and be approved by, the Bond Sport Office.


To apply for the Elite Sport Program at Bond university, please complete the Elite Athlete Program application form.

A reference letter from your coach is also required. Please email the letter to [email protected] or deliver it to the Bond Sport Office (Building 9, level 2).

Elite Athlete Fund

Bond’s Elite Athlete Fund assists BESP members with funding for a sporting event or competition. Up to $2000 will be available to support events ranging from World University Games and Championships through to National and State Championships.

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Bond Elite Sport Program Current members - Tier 1

Sophie Walker

Distance Running

Bachelor of Communication

Campbell McDonald

Surf Life Saving

Doctor of Physiotherapy 

Mathew Belcher


Master of Valuation and Property Development

Mitchell Wade

Rugby Union

Bachelor of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

Benjamin Hunt

Rugby Union

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Samuel Clifton

Rugby Union

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Jemma Heran


Bachelor of Business

Madeline Groves Swimming Bachelor of Social Science
Alexander Graham Swimming Bachelor of Sports Management
Jordan Harrison Swimming Bachelor of Business
Alekiso Mafi Rugby Union Bachelor of Laws
PJ Van den Berg Rugby Union Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Daniel Self Sailing Bachelor of Actuarial Science
Jack Van Stekelenburg Triathlon Bachelor of Laws
Suzanne Ryan Swimming Bachelor of Journalism

Nakisa Djamshidi


Bachelor of Laws

Scott Daruda Rugby Union Bachelor of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying
Sebastian Fahey AFL Bachelor of Property
Harry Nucifora Rugby Union Bachelor of Property
Solomon Wright Swimming Bachelor of Laws
Matthew Kuhnemann Cricket Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning 

Bailey Rowland

Wheelchair Basketball

Bachelor of Commerce / Laws
Samuel Young Swimming Bachelor of Interactive Media and Design
Amy Forrester Swimming Bachelor of Journalism
Dylan Riley Rugby Union Bachelor of Sports Management
Gavin Luka Rugby Union Bachelor of Commerce
Ella Bond Swimming Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Joel Kuchel Rugby Union Diploma of Business
Hamish Stewart Rugby Union Bachelor of Sports Management
Daniel Coleman Triathlon Bachelor of Business
Emily-Claire Bass Rugby 7's Diploma of Sports Management
Sophia Huntley Antippa Triathlon Bachelor of Medicine / Surgery
Nicola Ferguson Athletics Bachelor of Medical Studies
Samantha McKenna Swimming Bachelor of International Relations / Laws
Calum Ball Rugby Union Bachelor of International Relations /  Laws
Ashleigh Keefe Netball Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
Jenna Strauch Swimming Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Laura Taylor Swimming Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
Samuel Wendt Swimming Bachelor of Commerce
Angus Blyth Rugby Union Bachelor of Commerce
Olivia Jeffrey Triathlon Bachelor of Business
Jamie Cosier Cycling Bachelor of International Relations / Laws
Erin Blanch Kayaking Bachelor of Psychological Science
Danielle Oppermann Softball Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Clara Dahlenburg Handball Bachelor of Medical Studies
Melinda Sun Badminton Bachelor of Medical Studies