Bowled over by success
UTS Business School graduate Pat Cummins and UTS Science student Alyssa Healy took out top honours at the 2019 Australian Cricket Awards ceremony on February 11, winning the prestigious Allan Border and Belinda Clark medals respectively.
It was a big night for the former UTS Elite Athlete Program scholars with Healy winning the Womens ODI Player of the Year and Womens T20I Player of the Year in addition to the Belinda Clark medal for best female cricketer of the year, and Cummins taking home the highly coveted Allan Border medal for top player in the country.
“Pat and Alyssa embody everything we could ever hope for in graduates from our Elite Athlete Program,” says Elizabeth Morgan-Brett, CEO of Activate UTS. “Determined and committed students, talented and successful athletes and amazing ambassadors for UTS and Australian sport.”
2015 UTS Sportsman of the Year Cummins – who has quickly ascended to the top of Australian cricket and will likely become one of the top-ranked bowlers in the world – graduated with a Bachelor of Business from UTS in 2017. In an interview with All Homes in late 2018, he spoke about balancing his budding cricket career with completing his university studies.
“For me, it [studying] was a really good release from cricket,” said Cummins. “It took me six years to do a three-year course – I think each year I felt like I wasn’t making much headway, but at the end of the six years you kind of look back and it’s something I am really proud to have achieved.”
Healy started her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology degree at UTS in 2010 and was twice named UTS Sportswoman of the Year – in 2014 and 2015. She has recently taken a break from her studies to focus on her sporting career, which has seen her catapult to the top of Australian women’s cricket.
“BC (Belinda Clark) has been one of my biggest supports for a long period of time, so to walk up and accept the award from her is something incredibly special,” said Healy of her big win. “She’s the one who kept telling me to believe and that I was talented enough, and good enough, if it wanted it. To finally sit here and feel like I am good enough is perfect.”
Healy has spoken previously about her excitement at the growing visibility and popularity of women’s sport in Australia, and her appreciation of the support offered throughout her studies by UTS.
“I’m very privileged to be a part of this era of women’s sport and especially women’s cricket, when it’s really growing and booming”, said Healy. “I feel really lucky to be a part of that and to be a part of this university, which has allowed me to go and chase my dreams and still be able to study on the side.”
The UTS Elite Athlete Program supports emerging and elite athletes with their studies by offering academic support, study flexibility and a benefit and services program, which includes access to the fitness centre, tutoring and physiotherapists on campus.
UTS is delighted to count these exceptional athletes as part of the UTS community, and congratulate both Cummins and Healy on this industry recognition of their incredible sporting prowess.