Murdoch students amongst AFL elite

July 28, 2016

Chelsea Randall (right) was one of two Murdoch students selected as marque players. Picture: Twitter/ @randall_chelsea

Chelsea Randall (right) was one of two Murdoch students selected as a marque player. Picture: Twitter/ @randall_chelsea

Two Murdoch students involved in the University’s Elite Athlete Program (EAP) have been selected as inaugural marquee players in the new AFL national women’s league.

Yesterday’s AFL announcement saw Chelsea Randall and AFL multicultural ambassador Sabrina Frederick-Traub named among the league’s 16 marquee footballers, with the students recruited by the Adelaide and Brisbane franchises respectively.

Chelsea described the announcement as the most significant moment in her sporting career.

“I’m ecstatic and feel so honoured and privileged to be a part of the national women's league, as well as be named a marquee for such a supportive club,” she said.

“For me personally, it's by far one of the biggest and proudest moments of my career, and on a bigger scale it means young female footballers now have elite AFL women's players to aspire to across the country.”

Associate Professor Corinne Reid is the Chair of Murdoch University’s EAP and was elated with the announcement, saying the University was proud to be a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University network, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Sport.

“We have developed an Elite Athlete Program to assist athletes competing at a national or international level to achieve their academic goals, while meeting the demands of an often-vigorous training and competition regime,” she said.

“Along with our students and staff heading to the Rio Olympics, we are thrilled to see Sabrina and Chelsea chosen as marque players in the national women’s league.”

Chelsea is studying a Bachelor of Education degree at Murdoch and said the support offered through Murdoch’s EAP had greatly assisted her in managing her study and sporting commitments.

“The Elite Athlete Program at Murdoch has been very helpful to me, especially being able to juggle my current training, work and study commitments,” added Chelsea.

Members of Murdoch University’s EAP are supported by student liaison officer Jason Rickersey, who said elite athletes need help balancing sport with training and playing commitments, as well as planning their enrolment around sport.

“My role involves facilitating assignment extensions, negotiating preferred classes to fit around training, as well as facilitating deferred exams when their sporting commitments clash with exams,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to assist athletes manage a dual career and help them achieve a qualification for their post sporting career.”

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