Business School student chases double dream
30 May 2012
University of Sydney Business School student Alix Kennedy is pursuing two sports and two degrees concurrently, and has marked her debut into the international sporting arena with a silver medal last week in Taiwan.
A member of the Australian U21 athletics team, Alix competed by invitation at the Open Taiwan National Championship and was narrowly beaten by the national record holder in the women's discus competition. Beating her personal best by an astonishing two metres, her 54.38 metre throw exceeded the B qualifier for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
"Wearing the green and gold is something every athlete dreams of," Alix says. "The Commonwealth Games are something I've had my sights set on for some time, and my first international performance has made it seem like a very achievable reality. Late next year will be the World University Games in Russia, which I am on track to qualify for as well. It would be a perfect stepping stone in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and eventually the Olympics."
A Bachelor of Commerce/Law student, Alix is currently undertaking a finance major in conjunction with studies of law, all alongside a gruelling training regime for both discus and state netball. She is convinced that managing the demands of study and sport comes down to motivation and organisation.
"I train for one or the other every day and it can be pretty full on. I've found that when you have more to do, you are made to be productive and efficient with what little time you have. I don't make 'sacrifices' but see my decisions as choices," she said. "Studying Finance is often challenging, especially with my responsibilities as captain of the Sydney Uni Waratah Netball team and now with my athletics training for the international circuit."
Now in her third year at university, Alix emphasises that her passion for studying business remains steady in the face of significant pressures surrounding her sport. Not only does she aspire to be one of an exclusive rank of Australian athletes who compete in the international arena for two sports, she also has high hopes for a successful career in finance.
"My finance subjects are practical and relevant, and provide me with prospects beyond sport," she said. "I originally liked the idea of investment banking, but I think commercial banking will perfectly accommodate my sporting endeavours while allowing me to work in a field which is both interesting and dynamic."
Alix is currently a scholarship recipient of the Elite Athlete Program, which provides services and support to outstanding and talented athletes at the University of Sydney and is offered through Sydney Uni Sports and Fitness, of which the University of Sydney Business School is a strategic partner.