Elite Sport Program

About the program

Bond University is a member of the Australian Institute of Sport's Elite Athlete University Network (EAUN) 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 an open age group in their chosen sport.

Tier two status will be granted to an athlete that represents at a state level or national level in an age group in their chosen sport.

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 UniSport Nationals and championships (in the nominated elite sport) 
  • Free ticket to Bond’s annual Blues Awards
  • Free access to Bond’s Resident tutoring program
  • Gain Beyond Bond points for reflections on BESP experience and sporting achievements

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 (Tier 1 only)

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

Jemma Heran


Bachelor of Business

Alexander Graham Swimming Master of Business Administration
Suzanne Ryan Swimming Bachelor of Journalism
Matthew Kuhnemann Cricket Bachelor of Property 
Daniel Coleman Triathlon Bachelor of Business
Ashleigh Keefe Netball Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice
Laura Taylor Swimming Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
Angus Blyth Rugby Bachelor of Commerce
Clara Dahlenburg Handball Bachelor of Medical Studies
Melinda Sun Badminton Bachelor of Medical Studies
Alessandra Colombini Swimming Bachelor of Sports Management
Daisy Fielding Equestrian Bachelor of Sports Management
Benjamin (Charlie) Quin Triathlon Bachelor of Commerce
Abigail Schoorl Swimming Bachelor of Laws
Jack Winchester Rugby Bachelor of Laws
Spencer Jeans Rugby Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
Matthew Minogue Rugby Union Bachelor of Property
Connor Simms Swimming Bachelor of Film and Television
Flynn Baildon Swimming Bachelor of Business
Tyrell Kopua Rugby Bachelor of Business
Ronan Kapi Rugby Bachelor of Sport Management
Tristan Bullen Swimming Bachelor of Commerce
Bree Masters Surf Life Saving Bachelor of Communication
Madeleine Gough Swimming Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Joel Luca Squash Bachelor of Commerce
Sara Seagrave Equestrian Doctor of Physiotherapy
Mackenzie Evans AFL Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
Laura Ernst AFL Doctor of Physiotherapy
Ryan James Rugby League Master of Business Administration
Wilson Blyth Rugby Bachelor of Commerce
Isabelle Mason Swimming Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
Max McCarthy Tennis Bachelor of Medical Studies
Keegan Hipgrave Rugby League Master of Business Administration
Hollie-Kate Melia Gymnastics Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws
Rylee Burns Netball Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
Zane Nonggorr Rugby Bachelor of Laws
Miah O'Sullivan Rugby Diploma of Communication
Caitlyn Costello Rugby Diploma of Business
Mia Smith Equestrian Bachelor of Project Management
Zoe Clarke Surfing Diploma of Arts
Kirijana Petreski Tennis Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws
Jake Upfield Rugby Master of Business Administration
Mikayla Pauga AFL Bachelor of Psychological Science
Harrison Ireland AFL Bachelor of Sport Management
Tom Hauck Swimming Bachelor of Actuarial Science
Maddison Ridley Netball Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
Claire Dooley Skiing Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Ava Black Netball Diploma of Business
Alex Kirchner Swimming Bachelor of Business \ Bachelor of Laws
Cory Taylor Surf Life Saving Master of Finance