Two of Australia’s rising sports stars; a world champion and an Australian record holder, have been recognised for outstanding contributions to their sport with the UWA Sport Excellence Scholarship.
The scholarship recognises two outstanding athletes each year for their sporting achieving in the previous years with a minimum of three years of study remaining at UWA.
The scholarship is worth $5,000 per year for three years provided the individuals athletic and academic standards remain at a good standing.
Zac Littlewood is yachting superstar who made his mark by becoming Australia’s youngest open-class world champion at just 17.
Specialising in the Laser Radial category, the WAIS athlete had little time to celebrate as he balanced international competition with Year 12 studies.
The Junior Australian Sailor of the Year will now look to start his first year at UWA, studying a Bachelor of Commerce.
Declan Tingay has already become a household name in race-walking as the Sports Science student continues to break records on his way to the top.
In July, Tingay produced the best performance of all time by an Australian junior, setting a new 10,000-metre Australian junior record.
The record previously belonged to current Commonwealth Games champion and Olympic bronze medallist Dane Bird-Smith.
After both enjoying a stellar 2018, the two WAIS athletes also have aspirations of Tokyo 2020 Olympics on the horizon.
In the meantime, they will continue their dual career aspirations between sport and study support from the UWA Student Athlete Development Program.
The program exposes student athletes to development opportunities, financial support, and provides them with the support networks necessary to balance an already busy schedule of academic work with elite sport.
UWA students looking to apply for the program can find more information here.
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