The University's On Track
program launched on Monday 10 December, with 18 high school students participating in their first training session with 2016 Olympian Peter Bol.
The program is designed for high school students of African descent who demonstrate an interest in athletics and in pursuing tertiary education.
"As a whole, the goal of the program is to inspire and support participants to pursue tertiary education, and highlight the benefits of physical exercise and belonging to a community for our overall wellbeing," said project coordinator Kylie Italiano from Melbourne University Sport.
On Track participants will be coached on a weekly basis by the Melbourne University Athletics Club
(MUAC), with the chance to compete in local and state competitions through Athletics Victoria.
They will also be mentored by University of Melbourne students, as well as attending a variety of pre-tertiary classes and receiving advice on subject selection and requirements for specific courses.
Bridgid Junot, Melbourne University Sport's Leadership Manager, said that "we hope that On Track participants will feel part of a community where they can excel in athletics, learn about pathway opportunities into university and be inspired to reach for the stars both on the track and in the classroom."
"On Track is an incredible opportunity for participants to learn about University pathways, form new friendships and be part of a community that is dedicated to excellence both on and off the track (and field)."
The program will run for the duration of the 2018-19 athletics track and field season.
Images from the first On Track session on the Rawlinson Track. Photos by Tobias Titz