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Caitlin on the starting blocks for university


Zuleika Henderson
28 January 2009
For Caitlin Braithwaite, 2009 will be the year she follows her passion for sport all the way to university.

The former Shearwater Steiner school student will next month begin a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at Southern Cross University.

Caitlin said she had always had a keen interest in fitness and health.

“At school we studied personal development, health and physical education, which I found fascinating,” said Caitlin.

“I loved learning about health and disease, human anatomy and the importance of fitness. I’m looking forward to taking my studies to the next level – everything about the course really interests me.

“I haven’t settled on a specific career yet, but I know there will be a few options open to me once I have completed the course. I’m interested in personal training and I may even consider specialising and going into sports physiotherapy.”

The Mullumbimby-based student completed her HSC studies despite battling glandular fever during her trial exams.

Caitlin said it had been a challenging but interesting time.

“Shearwater students sit their exams at Mullumbimby High School which is much bigger and very different to what I’m used to,” she said.

“It was a bit daunting but kind of cool at the same time. I’m excited about getting into life at the University.

“I love playing sport – especially basketball – so I’m looking forward to being able to represent the University in different sports.”

School leavers like Caitlin as well as mature age students still have time to apply for a place at Southern Cross University as offers will be made throughout January and early February.

Students can study full-time on campus, at home by distance education, part-time while working, or tailor an individual study plan from any of these options.

For further information on course details and how to apply go to Email your questions to [email protected] or phone 1800 626 481.

Photo: Caitlin Braithwaite (high resolution image available on request)