Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
Eight students of Sydney’s own ACPE have made the trip to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games and, already, to the winner’s podium. As the second week of competition begins, Jacob Groth, 4x100m Mens’ Relay, is definitely one to watch.

An Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) student became its first medal-winner for the Delhi Commonwealth Games only a couple of days into the competition: Kaarle McCullough, currently studying to be a PD/H/PE teacher, won Silver in the 500m Women’s Cycling time trial event on Day 3 and topped it off with a Day 4 Gold medal with Anna Meares in the Women’s track team sprint event.

This evening and tomorrow, sprinter Jacob Groth, 25, will contest the 4x100m Relay, and everyone is set to watch him succeed. Jacob is capping off a year in which he has recorded personal best times in both the 100m and 200m events and placed 3rd (100m) and 4th (200m) in the 2010 Australian Championships.

Sydney-born in 1985, Jacob grew up in Port Macquarie and started Little Athletics when he was eight. Jacob is studying to become a physical education teacher and said, “I hope I can share amazing experiences like this to inspire other young people wherever they are from – just do your best and stick to your dreams.”

Warren Jacobson, Chief Executive Officer of ACPE, said, “We are delighted to see students fully engaged in higher education able to compete in sport at this level. As an Elite Athlete Friendly institution we are committed to delivering sport stars with the flexibility and support needed to balance the competing interests of professional sport and education.

“It is a privilege and responsibility to prepare our Australian sport stars for ‘life after competition’. We apply this same commitment to offering career opportunities to anyone passionate about sport, dance and physical activity.”

Located at Sydney Olympic Park ACPE’s students have access to world-class sporting facilities. ACPE’s extensive academic, personal and professional experience support programs ensure academic success, personal development and job readiness. This is reflected in the number and diversity of professional athletes in its student cohort.

Three of the ACPE students competing at Delhi are just 20 years old including Alyce Solaese, who will represent Samoa in the Womens’ Netball; Kevin Moore, part of the Australian 4x400m Relay Team and Ashlee Ankudinoff competing in the Women’s Endurance Cycling.

The team also boasts Kate Hollywood, a member of the Hockeyroos; Andrew Lees, a rugby sevens referee; Cheryl Webb, who will compete in the 20km walk and Jacob Groth, part of the 4 x 100m Relay Team.

“I am fortunate too that ACPE will provide me with an opportunity to continue to contribute and inspire others once I hang up my spikes,” Jacob Groth said.

ACPE representatives
• Alyce Solaese – Women’s Netball (Samoa)
• Andrew Lees – Rugby Union 7’s (Australian Referee)
• Ashlee Ankudinoff – Placed 17th in the Women’s Endurance Cycling (Australia)
• Cheryl Webb – Placed 5th in the 20km Race Walk, Athletics (Australia). Cheryl trains full time at the Australian Institute of Sport but maintains study at ACPE via a flexible study program and support.
• Jacob Groth – 4 x 100m Relay, Athletics (Australia)
• Kaarle McCulloch – Women’s Track Sprint Cycling (Australia) and double medallist at these games. Kaarle chose to transfer to ACPE due to the flexible study options and support for elite athletes.
• Kate Hollywood – Women’s Hockey (Australia). Kate recently overcame a hand injury to be selected in the squad.
• Kevin Moore – 4 x 400m Relay, Athletics (Australia)

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ACPE - Australian College of Physical Education

The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is a specialist, independent Higher Education Provider, founded in 1917 and based at Sydney’s Olympic Park precinct. The College caters for graduates pursuing a variety of sports related careers, offering a full degree programs in physical education, sports business, sports coaching, dance education and applied fitness Students are assured access to world class sporting facilities, individual academic and personal support and access to the latest teaching techniques.
Michael Crump, Marketing and Business Development Manager, ACPE
P: 02 9739 3342
M: 0432 004 828


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