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Local fitness trainer weighs in on $15,000 Open Day scholarship


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20 November 2022
Scholarship recipient Jasmine Bleakley outside her Clunes Bootcamp JBPTRC Fitness facility.

Jasmine Bleakley has been awarded a $15,000 Open Day scholarship to pursue a new direction in March 2023, starting with a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science at Lismore campus.

The mum-of-three and Clunes personal trainer couldn’t believe it when she received the phone call that she had won, admitting she just ‘winged’ the application video. 

“I was really shocked when I got the phone call, I cried.. and I never cry! It was incredible,” said Mrs Bleakley.  

Jasmine is used to making people sweat, but now she’s ready to help with recovery after witnessing the inspiring difference it makes for her clients.

“I’ve had clients that start going to physio and I see new quality of life that they get, it's so rewarding to see the results of something that’s been so debilitating for them for so long,” she said.

“Besides, I can't get beaten up at boxing for the rest of my life,” she joked. 

Life is busy with three children, but Jasmine’s advice for parents contemplating study later in life aligns with her positive can-do attitude. 

“Life's always going to be busy, if you're passionate about something, you'll find the time to make it happen,” she said.

It’s not only academia she’s looking forward to, already switching gym memberships to the Lismore SCU Fitness centre, with plans to join the University’s volleyball team.

“I’ve dreamed of playing volleyball for ages – I can’t wait,” she said.

“I also can’t wait to just be in a class with people to bounce ideas around, get inspired, and gain a deeper knowledge,” she said.

When asked her secret to staying fit, Jasmine said the key is consistency. “The only bad session is the one you didn’t go to,” she said. “Results don’t work unless you do.”

Jasmine will undoubtedly apply the same dedication and motivation to her studies (and volleyball) next year at Southern Cross University Lismore campus.

Watch Jasmine's winning Open Day scholarship application video:

Hi my name is Jasmine. I run group fitness and personal training in Clunes. This is my beautiful at home space. I guess the question is why am I doing this video? It's because I would really love to start furthering my career um and would love to be considered for a scholarship in 2023 for your sports science course. um I have three children between the ages of 12 and 15 that are growing up really quickly and I think I need to start thinking more towards the future and how I can provide not only financially but have more time for them really as they transition into adulthood. I've been coaching for about 10 years and I've done a range of classes along the way however um I would really love to further that education into more of a career pathway so this course will provide that pathway for me to eventually move into physio because let's face it everyone's got injuries and everybody everybody always needs a physio. So please consider me for a scholarship for your sports science course in 2023 and I look forward to hearing back from you bye


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