Next Wednesday’s Volvo RUPA Awards 20th Anniversary Lunch represents a wonderful opportunity to recognise the success of our members, both on and off the field.
The Academic Achievement Award, presented by Kaplan Education, is awarded to the player who has undertaken and excelled in any level of education, personal or professional development.
Finalists are put forward by the RUPA Player Development Managers who guide and support their players throughout the year with their academic and professional development, and the winner is decided by the RUPA Board. In 2014, Jeremy Tilse (Waratahs) was adjudged the winner.
RUPA 2015 Academic Excellence Finalists
Ben Alexander – Brumbies
In 2015, Wallaby and Brumbies prop Ben Alexander graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Media.
As well as graduating from his B Sports Media, he also completed a Diploma of Business through the Australian Vocational Training Academy. As a small business owner, Ben was a keen participant of the LinkedIn professional presentation course conducted at the Brumbies this year.
Ben Daley – Reds
2015 saw Wallaby and Reds prop Ben Daley complete his Bachelor of Laws at Bond University, where he specialised in Corporate and Commercial Law.
In his final year of study, Ben finished with five distinctions and a credit average as well as placing first in one of his units of study. With his theory work completed, Ben is now in the process of completing his practical legal training.
Greg Jeloudev – Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens
Greg completed his Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science at Sydney University in semester one of 2015, and immediately began his Juris Doctor at Macquarie University in semester two.
This outstanding achievement was matched by the jubilation of the Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens team qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Ian Prior – Force
In 2015, Western Force scrumhalf Ian Prior completed his Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science remotely through the University of Queensland.
Results of a credit average in semester one, as well as a Distinction for a unit of study in semester two, have allowed Ian to begin his bridging study that will enable him to study physiotherapy after Rugby.
Junior Rasolea – Force
Western Force centre Junior Rasolea was given an overwhelmingly positive report for his dedication to study as he completed his Diploma of Management, with his attention to detail separating him from the pack.
Renowned by his Course Co-Ordinator for his teamwork and leadership skills, Junior’s diligence was complimented as he completed his first form of study since finishing high school.
The winners of the 2015 RUPA Community Service Award and Academic Excellence Award will be announced at the Volvo RUPA Awards 20th Anniversary Lunch, to be held on Wednesday December 9th.