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Anna Segal - Freestyle Skiing

Anna is studying a double degree in arts and communications. She is a freestyle skier and was the 2011 World Champion, after winning the gold medal at the 2011 World Slopestyle Championships. Anna finished 4th at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, recording Australia's first fourth place finish in Winter Olympic history.

"Monash University's sport program has helped me coordinate my sporting and university commitments. For example, if I have a mid-semester test scheduled at the same time as a competition or training camp, TeamMONASH gives me greater flexibility to reschedule the assessment, enabling me to do both."

Jack Watts - AFL football

Jack is working on a degree in business. He plays AFL Football and is in his sixth year at the Melbourne Football Club after debuting in 2009. Jack was the number one draft pick in the 2008 National AFL Draft and was awarded the 2008 Larke Medal as the best player in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Having played over 100 games for Melbourne, Jack finished 10th in Melbourne's 2014 Best and Fairest.

"It's very important for me to keep my mind busy and to continue to develop skills that will help me going forward. The support I receive from the ESPS program makes that a smooth and enjoyable process."

Paige Nash-Ferry - Dance

Paige is currently studying for a degree in occupational therapy. She has represented Australia in dance at the World Cheerleading Championships in the USA in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Paige came 2nd in the Open Coed Pom competition at the 2013 Dance World Championships in Florida, USA.

"TeamMONASH's programs have provided me with guidance and support in managing my university workload around my international travel for dance throughout the years. They have allowed me the opportunity to pursue my sporting ambitions as well as meet the demands of my degree. I am incredibly grateful."

Brenton Rickard - Swimming

Brenton graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2006 and a Masters of Business Management in 2011. He is a swimmer who competes in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. He represented Australia at the 2009 FINA world championships in Rome where he won Gold and broke the world record in the 100m breaststroke. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Brenton won the Silver Medal in the 200m breaststroke and the 4x100m medley, and set Australian, Commonwealth and Oceanic records.

Brenton says the assistance and encouragement he received as a student at Monash, both from his faculties and TeamMONASH, was invaluable.

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