Charles Darwin University (CDU) student Dominique Carbone has taken the next step in her footballing journey, having just signed with Hawthorn as the AFLW season kicks off.
The talented 20-year-old Territorian is receiving support from the university’s Elite Athlete program while she completes her Bachelor of Health Science/ Master of Occupational Therapy degree at CDU.
The Elite Athlete Support Program provides personalised support for elite athletes for the duration of their academic program at CDU by supporting flexible study arrangements at CDU.
Born in Darwin and growing up in Alice Springs, Ms Carbone is the fourth player to be signed to the Hawks ahead of the season.
“Playing the AFL has been my dream. I’ve worked really hard as a student athlete, and balancing studies and training has been difficult, but the program at CDU has supported me in achieving my goals,” Ms Carbone said.
“I’ve managed to work closely with the lecturers and find the best time to study that suits my schedule, which makes sure I can perform as a professional athlete while also completing my studies.”
CDU Occupational Therapy Course Coordinator Nicole O'Reilly said CDU was keen to support Ms Carbone with her studies while she follows her dreams of playing football at a professional level.
“We’re excited to have Dominique’s dedication to football recognised through this opportunity with the club,” Ms O’Reilly said.
“It is a great opportunity to support Dominique follow her two dreams.”
Ms O’Reilly said CDU is providing flexibility in the study plan to support Ms Carbone in meeting her football career and planning for her longer-term career as an Occupational Therapist.
“The Master of Occupational Therapy offered by CDU is one of the few occupational therapy programs available for external study,” she said.
“This has meant Dominique has been able to move to Melbourne to follow her football dreams and stay engaged in her learning with CDU.”
Learn more about CDU’s Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy degree.