Meet the students:

Georgia Griffith - Athletics (800m and 1500m) 


Georgia is completing her final year of a Design and Business degree whilst also competing as a middle distance runner. She competes in 800m and 1500m events and has represented Australia at the last two World Championships (London 2017, Doha 2019), as well as the Commonwealth Games (2018 - Gold Coast) where she placed 5th in the 1500m. In 2017 Geogia represented Monash and Australia at the World University Games where she focussed on the 800m and finished fourth in the final, only 0.3 seconds away from a medal. This year she is doing her best to try and qualify for the Olympics — both her fingers and toes are crossed that it goes ahead!

 
"Not only have TeamMONASH been a constant support, but have helped me to organise timetables around training and overseas competitions. This has enabled me to find a great balance between my studies ." 
 

Max King - Australian Rules Football (AFL)
 


Max is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and is an up and coming AFL superstar at the St Kilda Saints Football Club. A goal kicking machine, Max was selected by St Kilda with pick No. 4 in the 2018 National Draft but suffered debilitating injuries in 2019. He finally made his debut for the Saints to the sounds of an empty stadium in Round 1 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Max enjoys the challenges of University and sees it as a great distraction from his life as an AFL footballer and says that "Monash's Elite Student Performer Scheme has assisted me in balancing my sport and study commitments and I'm very grateful for their help." 


Jack Gerrard - Swimming 

Jack Gerrard graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 2020 after seven years at Monash. In 2018 Jack represented Monash at the Australian University Nationals (Division 1) claiming three Games records! Now, aside from his day job as an intern at Monash Health, Jack still swims at a National level, his goal for this year — to make Australia's 2021 Olympic swimming squad! 
 

Jack said of his time at Monash: "When liaising with my faculty, being a member of the ESPS provided the reassurance of being associated with a legitimate university program and enabled Team Monash to advocate on my behalf if I ever had trouble reaching a positive solution. The ESPS also assisted me with international travel grants and the chance to meet like-minded students at Monash who shared similar passions." 


Gabi Ash - Freestyle Aerial Skiing

Gabi is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and is an athlete at the Olympic Winter Institute of Sport (OWIA) for freestyle aerial skiing. Starting the sport in 2016, Gabi became a contracted athlete at the OWIA by 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, travelling for international competitions has been a challenge, so she has not been able to participate in all the events that were planned before the pandemic. However, she recently competed at the FIS freestyle World Cup in Deer Valley, Utah, where she made it into her first finals and finished 7th overall. She plans to go to Almaty, Kazakhstan to compete in the World Championship in March this year followed by her first World Cup circuit.
 

Being on the road all the time is hard when juggling tertiary studies, so Gabi says: "The ESPS has been a huge help in assisting me to balance my sporting commitments with my studies. Training for aerial skiing requires a lot of time to be spent overseas/interstate in order to maximise training opportunities, making it difficult to manage my study whilst training. Thanks to the help of the ESPS, I have been able to be flexible with my study whilst being away, allowing me to pursue both my sporting and study goals." 



Scott England - Musical Theatre Performer and Singer Songwriter


Scott is currently studying a double degree in Science (Biochemistry) and Music (Performance). The budding performer recently appeared in Mamma Mia with CLOC Musical Theatre — one of Australia's largest and most successful non-professional music theatre companies — and is set to appear again in their mid-year show, Priscilla. But this isn't his first time in the spotlight, Scott also starred as the Tinman in the Wizard of Oz with the Young Australia Broadway Chorus in 2019 amongst numerous other shows such as The Wedding Singer
 

"The Elite Student Performer Scheme has helped by allowing me the flexibility I need for performing alongside my studies. The access to sporting facilities and staff to keep fit has also helped to keep me performance ready!" 
 

Jessica Au - Futsal 



Jess graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 2020. When she’s not interning as a junior doctor at The Alfred Hospital, Jess can be found on the field pursuing her other passion; professional Futsal. She is due to represent Australia in New Zealand at the World Futsal Championships later this year. 

 

"Team Monash have been so pivotal to my success. They taught me the ins and outs of structuring my timetable, the importance of time management, offered me scholarships and introduced me to sporting mentors and fellow athletes. But most of all, they instilled confidence in me to pursue my aspirations." 

Celebrating 60 years of community spirit for our Monash Blues Football Club

Celebrating 60 years of community spirit for our Monash Blues Football Club

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Monash Olympian Bec Henderson is back on Aussie shores and thriving

Monash Olympian Bec Henderson is back on Aussie shores and thriving

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