When ACPE thinks of all the elite athletes we are proud of, Charlotte Anneveld comes straight to our minds. Charlotte has smashed it as a cricket player, playing for both the ACT and NSW teams. In her overseas career, Charlotte played one day cricket for English teams Hampshire Women, Lancashire Women and Kent Women. Charlotte is now keeping busy as the Player Development Manager for the NSW Waratahs at Rugby Union Players’ Association. Charlotte’s post cricket success can be attributed to the work and effort she put into her studies during her sporting career. Charlotte reflects on that time below.
- Did you enjoy being a part of the program?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at ACPE. The opportunity to study in a small and unique environment meant I was not just another number. The staff genuinely care about each student and provide so many opportunities in the classroom, and outside of it.
- What made you choose ACPE and why should other student athletes do the same?
The unique learning environment and small class numbers made it a no brainer to study at ACPE. There are by far more opportunities for those that want to get into the professional sporting world by offering practical experiences in the set up and teaching at sporting related schools. The partnerships that ACPE has and the broad network of former students/alumni made it the first and only choice for me.
- What skills did your degree provide you with?
Some of the skills I acquired from studying at ACPE were how to network, teamwork, gaining confident to speak in front of an audience, in this case kids, and widening my friendship group with like-minded individuals.
- What sets ACPE apart from other universities/ educational institutions?
The support from staff, lecturers and fellow students sets ACPE apart from all other institutions, in particular attending an educational institution with all like-minded individuals who are mostly competing at a high level and gain a real insight into a high-performance sporting back room. I would not have been able to continue or balance my studies while competing and playing around the world if I was studying elsewhere and not at ACPE. Other institutions are still catching up and It’s clear ACPE continues to lead in this space. The access to first class facilities in the home of sports – Sydney Olympic Park truly makes ACPE unique.