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 AUS Nationals (formally 'Uni 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

Mathew Belcher


Master of Valuation and Property Development

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
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
Harry Nucifora Rugby Union Bachelor of Property
Solomon Wright Swimming Bachelor of Laws
Matthew Kuhnemann Cricket Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning 
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
Hamish Stewart Rugby Union Bachelor of Sports Management
Daniel Coleman Triathlon Bachelor of Business
Emily-Claire Bass Rugby 7's Bachelor of Sports Management
Sophia Huntley Antippa Triathlon Bachelor of Medical Studies
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 Sports Managament
Jamie Cosier Cycling Bachelor of International Relations / Laws
Erin Blanch Kayaking Bachelor of Psychological Science
Clara Dahlenburg Handball Bachelor of Medical Studies
Melinda Sun Badminton Bachelor of Medical Studies
Millie Boyle Rugby 7's Bond College Pathway Program
Alessandra Colombini Swimming Bachelor of Sports Management
Arianna Clarke AFL Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
Edward Delany AFL Bachelor of Laws
Lachlan Connors Rugby Union Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
Maxwell Dowd Rugby Union Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Daisy Fielding Equestrian Bachelor of Sports Management
Lauren Bella AFL Diploma of Sports Management
Katelyn Grimmett Rugby 7's Diploma of Communication
Jean Van Der Westhuyzen Kayaking Bachelor of Business
Alessandro Noseda Golf Bachelor of Business
Madison Eggert Squash Bachelor of Laws
Benjamin Quin Triathlon Bachelor of Commerce
Rachael Tilly Surfing Bachelor of Sport Management
Shannon Eckstein Surf Life Saving Graduate Certificate of Valuation and Property Development
Alexandra Britton Surf Life Saving Bachelor of Journalism
Stephanie Rutherford Rugby 7's Bachelor of Laws