On Track

On Track is for African Australian High School students who enjoy athletics and want to study at university.

The University of Melbourne has partnered with the Melbourne University Athletics Club to create this development program for students in years 10, 11 and 12 who aspire to participate in athletics and engage in tertiary study at university.

Through the On Track program, participants will receive mentoring and pre-tertiary educational experiences with University of Melbourne Staff and Students along with support in finding out how to pursue a University education.

The Melbourne University Athletics Club will assist in providing weekly coaching and athletics mentorship, which also included a FREE membership to Melbourne University Athletics Club and Athletics Victoria, allowing you to train and compete in Athletics plus a Melbourne University Athletics Club uniform.


By participating in the program, participants will:

  • Be inspired to successfully complete secondary school and pursue further education
  • Gain knowledge and skills to pursue tertiary education pathways
  • Gain knowledge and skills in track and field athletics
  • Be mentored by current elite athletes
  • Connect with University staff and students
  • Establish links with other students so they can share knowledge and experience
  • Meet new friends
  • Have fun!
Key Selection Criteria

Up to 30 participants will be selected to participate in the On Track program. Participants must meet the selection criteria outlined below:

  • Be of African descent
  • Be in Years 10, 11 or 12
  • Demonstrated interest in school and in pursuing further education beyond secondary school
  • Demonstrated interest in the sport of athletics
Program Details

Three University experience days including;

  • Pre-Tertiary classes in a variety of the university’s faculties
  • University familiarisation tours
  • Advise on subject selection and requirements for specific university courses
  • Mentoring from University of Melbourne students

Track and Field Coaching

  • Melbourne University Athletics Club coaches will offer coaching for all participants on a weekly basis
  • Participants will choose their favourite events to be coached in and work with their coach in that area
  • Train side by side with athletes of all levels including athletes who have competed for Australia

Track and Field Competitions

  • Participants will be registered with Melbourne University Athletics Club and Athletics Victoria and be able to compete together with other club members at local and state competitions
  • Participants will receive the Melbourne University Athletics Club uniform through the program

Family involvement

  • Families are welcome to come and watch and encourage the participants
  • A family BBQ will be held in early December to officially welcome all participants to the program


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