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Elite Athlete Development Program

Elite Athlete Development Program


UniSport Australia is excited to be working on a new program of monthly webinars for student athletes within member Elite Athlete Programs. In support of performance and personal development, the webinars will cover topics such as time management, mental agility, leveraging work experience and financial health, and will also provide attendees with a live Q&A opportunity with our presenters. 

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Self-reflection, evaluation and planning
with Emily Burrows
Tuesday 30 November 12pm AEST (1pm AEDT)

Emily has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters of Counselling, and is passionate about athlete welfare, performance psychology and team culture.


During her time at university, Emily was a member of Australia’s Junior Hockey Squad, as well as the Queensland Academy of Sport. Emily also interrupted her studies to compete in the Scottish Hockey League.


She is highly experienced in helping student-athletes balance their university and sporting commitments.

Emily will draw on her experience both as an elite athlete and from her work with student athletes to provide some practical steps to help review your year and goals and identify learnings to help refine and improve goals and plans leading into 2022. 

Optimising performance health and general health and wellness 
with Dr Kathy Yu
Tuesday 26 October 12:30pm AEDT

Dr Kathy Yu is highly experienced in all aspects of sports medicine  She is a keen biomechanist, who honed her skills coaching gymnastics. She recently travelled to the Olympics in Tokyo as part of the Australian medical team. 

With a wealth of experience working with performers and athletes from a wide variety of sports and disciplines, Dr Yu is going to discuss preventative measures to optimise performance health as well as advice for optimising general health and wellness. 

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Financial wellbeing 
with Kyla Morgan (ASIC)
Tuesday 21 September 1pm AEST

Kyla Morgan is a Senior Content Designer for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), with  over 15 years' experience working in digital communications and media.

Kyla's role at ASIC is to produce jargon-free, user-centric content and tools for the Moneysmart website. Kyla is passionate about providing easy to digest, actionable information so Australians of all ages can take control of their financial lives.

The webinar will cover important topics such as budget management, super, scams and plenty of handy financial tips and tricks to set up your financial goals.  

Managing motivation, stress and anxiety
with David Shillington
Tuesday 31 August 1pm AEST

David Shillington is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative prop forward, he previously played for the Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders.


As the CEO of Wellbeing Code, David takes pride in supporting the wellbeing, performance, and leadership development of the groups he works with. Engagement and relatability are his strengths as he draws on his experience as a former QLD Maroon and mental health knowledge to leave a practical and long-lasting impact.


Through this webinar David will provide information and advice on managing motivation and stress/ anxiety as well as suggestions for self-care to help optimise mental health and wellbeing.

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The power of social media
with Catherine Webber
Tuesday 27 July 1pm AEST

Cath Webber is the National Co-Chair of Women In Media (WIM) Australia. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years, appears on Channel 7's Sunrise as a commentator and is a founding member of the Queensland WIM committee. Cath is Bond University’s Strategic Communications Advisor and prior to that was Editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin - its first female editor in 130 years.

Cath was assistant editor across The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, deputy editor at the Townsville Bulletin and deputy features editor at the Irish Examiner, a national broadsheet in Ireland.

She is also passionate about digital, having worked as website editor for  

Cath grew up on the Gold Coast and went straight from school to the newsroom when she won the Bond University/Gold Coast Bulletin cadetship scholarship. She has a degree in journalism and film and television. 

This workshop will focus on the pros and cons of social media, guide you on how to make the most of opportunities and ideas to help your brand both on and off the winning dais and why media is so important no matter what shape your career takes. 

Optimising sleep
with Prof. Shona Halson
Wednesday 9 June 12pm-12:45pm AEST

Professor Shona Halson is from the Australian Catholic University’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. Prior to this, she was the Head Recovery Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for over 15 years and has been a part of three Olympic campaigns with the Australian Olympic Committee.


Her research focuses on sleep, recovery and fatigue, and she has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and multiple book chapters. Shona is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and also provides consultancy services to the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and Nike as part of both the Nike Performance Council and Nike Sports Research Advisory Group. Shona also consults to a number of international professional sporting teams and Defence organisations.

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How to leverage work experience for future success
with Reuben Williams (SportsGrad)
Wednesday 12 May 12:30pm-1:15pm AEST

Reuben is the Founder of SportsGrad, and Co-Host of the #1 'Careers' Podcast - The SportsGrad Podcast. After Covid-19 took Reuben's dream job at Cricket Australia, he turned his attention to helping others break into the sports industry. Since June 2020, SportsGrad has evolved to help students all over the world in every degree, apply their talents to the sports industry. Hear more about Reuben and his experience here.

If you are interested in attending this webinar, please contact your Elite Athlete coordinator at your university to find out how to register.

Nutrition for performance, health and wellbeing
with Dr Gregory Cox PhD APD
Wednesday 14 April 12pm-12:45pm AEST

Gregory Cox is a Fellow of Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) and an Accredited Practising Dietitian. He worked at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1998-2018, facilitating world class nutrition support to sports including Gymnastics, Boxing, Netball, Water Polo, Diving, Canoe, Triathlon and Surf Life Saving.


Currently, Greg is an Associate Professor at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia and is the Nutrition Lead for Triathlon Australia. He was the Nutrition Lead for the Australian Olympic Committee for the 2016 Rio Olympics and has attended Beijing and London Olympics as a support staff team member. He is a Level 3 ISAK accredited anthropometrist.


Greg earned a Ph.D in Nutrition at Deakin University, Melbourne titled Carbohydrate intake strategies to enhance endurance exercise performance and has completed degrees in Physiology and Nutrition. His research interests include, iron metabolism, post-exercise fluid intake recommendations, dietary intake habits of endurance athletes and dietary manipulations to enhance endurance exercise performance. He has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, 5 books including The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance, numerous book chapters and sports nutrition periodicals. He was the course co-ordinator for the 4-day SDA Sports Nutrition Course from 2005-2020.


He has stayed competitive in endurance sports throughout his lifetime and holds World and Australian age-group titles in Triathlon and Surf Life Saving.

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Preparing for the year ahead:
Planning, self management and goal setting
with Tamsin Cook OLY
Wednesday 10 March 12:30pm-1:15pm AEDT

You may know Tamsin as the youngest swimmer selected onto the Australian Olympic Team for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. She won silver alongside her teammates for the 4x200m freestyle relay 

at just 17 years of age. Cook took a break from swimming in 2018 to focus on her studies in Communications and Media with a pathway to postgraduate Law Studies at the University of Western Australia. She currently trains with the WAIS High Performance Swimming Program. 

If you are interested in attending this webinar, please contact your Elite Athlete coordinator at university to find out how to register.

Elite Athlete University Contact List

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