Pathways for Elite Athletes at Knox (PEAK)

Our PEAK program has been designed to support and assist high performing student-athletes considering a career in elite sport to achieve excellence in their chosen sport, while achieving their best academically.

BENEFITS

Students who are part of the PEAK Program are supported through initiatives including:

  • Individual mentoring – personalised one-on-one mentoring by Knox high performance coaches with international and elite domestic level playing and coaching experience.
  • Specialised support – including the development of Individual Performance Plan (IPP) tailored to the student’s individual needs and the demands of their sport. This includes support with goal-setting, external program and pathway benchmarking and support with overall wellbeing.
  • Keynote speakers – Subject matter experts will speak to students a number of times each term on topics including academic, physical, personal development and social-emotional wellbeing
  • Workshops – regular small-group workshops to further enhance each student-athlete’s skills and learning capabilities.

ELIGIBILITY

Applications for the PEAK program are open to students currently attending or planning to attend the School, who have demonstrated potential for a career in professional sport, representation Australia at the Commonwealth, Olympic or Paralympic Games or a sport scholarship at a tertiary institution (both domestic and international.)

To be eligible for PEAK, students need to have been selected in state teams or won state championships in higher-participation sports (Tier 1) or been selected in national teams or medalled at national championships for lower participation sports (Tier 2). Places are strictly limited, with applications twice a year. All applications are assessed against specific eligibility criteria. For more information, please see the PEAK flyer.

APPLICATIONS

Apply for the PEAK Program

For more information, contact peak@knox.nsw.edu.au

Meet our student athletes

Branden Tse, Year 7

Branden Tse, Year 7

How did you first get involved in archery and what do you love about archery?

I got involved in my sport when my optometrist commented that I have very good vision and told my parents to let me try shooting sports. I started with archery and fell in love with it. What I love about my sport is that it helps me to learn to focus on and to repeat what I do well. I get to make friends from all different archery clubs in Australia and overseas.

What has been your best sporting achievement to date?

My best sporting achievement has been being selected for the Australian team and competing in Auckland, New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Archery Championship, where I won one individual gold and two team silvers. I have also attained a total of 15 records for the state and Australian records.

What is your career ambition with archery?

My immediate ambition is to get into the Australian team for next year’s Oceania Archery Championship 2020 in Suva, Fiji. Ultimately I hope to be able to participate in the Youth Olympics and then compete for Australia in the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.

What has been your biggest learning from the PEAK program?

Learning about nutrition, what food I should be eating and which foods I can eat after and before a competition. I learnt about what I can do to rest and relax and the importance of improving my sleep. Overall, PEAK has taught me that I need to achieve balance in my sport and academics.

Kale Gabila, Year 12

Kale Gabila, Year 12

How did you first get involved in AFL and what do you love about playing AFL?
I got involved in AFL through school sport and I love how you could do everything you can do in rugby, like tackling, and running, but in a much more free and open environment.

What has been your best sporting achievement to date?
Making the NSW/ACT Rams team in U16 and U17s or winning a grand final every year that I’ve played AFL!

What is your career ambition with AFL?
To get drafted!

What has been your biggest learning from the PEAK program?
The different small things that add up to become big things! The things that are needed to make a career through sport, whether it be managing the media or managing your own internal thought process.