World champion waterski star Jacinta Carroll won the Athlete Career Education Award sponsored by William Angliss Institute at the Victorian Institute of Sport 2014 Awards of Excellence.
Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and William Angliss Institute have fostered a strong a partnership over the past 14 years.
William Angliss Institute offers VIS students the opportunity to study at the Institute while pursuing their sport.
Over the years many William Angliss Institute students have benefited from inspirational seminars by a number of VIS world champion athletes.
William Angliss Associate Director VET Dan Mabilia said the Institute was proud to support Victorian athletes in this way, helping them to obtain important employment skills to complement their sports achievements.
“Jacinta won this award as recognition of her consistently high level of achievement in both her sport and studies,” he said.
Jacinta is currently ranked number one in the world after winning the world championship in December last year just a few months after taking out the U21 world title. This medal is Australia’s first world championship gold medal in a decade.
In 2011 Jacinta was awarded a VIS Future Talent scholarship. In the same year she became the U21 world record holder, then defended her titles in 2012 and 2013 despite being ruled out for most of the 2012 season with an injured ankle.
In 2013 Jacinta was the U21 world champion, world record holder and ranked number one in the world. In May this year Jacinta jumped 182 feet to successfully defend her US Masters Jump Championship title at Callaway Gardens and extend her winning streak to 14 months.
Despite the demands of her sport, Jacinta has been able to balance her sport and studies to complete her university course full-time over the past three years, receiving high distinctions in every subject in her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science studies.
Her plan going forward is more study, pursuing a career in physiotherapy, with her sporting goal to win the 2015 World Championships in Milan, Italy.
Jacinta has also completed a Certificate III in Hospitality at William Angliss Institute.
While undertaking her undergraduate degree Jacinta has worked three part-time jobs to pay for all her expenses and completed 150 hours of work placement at the VIS in the Sports Science department.
She is also involved in a mentor/ambassador role at the Barwon Sports Academy taking training sessions as well as mentor-based questions and discussions with the athletes.
Jacinta also volunteers on Vision Australia Radio once a term with Gary Rawlins.