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Jane Watson, former netball scholar
Southern Steel ace Jane Watson attended Lincoln University on a netball scholarship, completing a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management in 2010.
She says she enjoyed the scholarship training available to her at Lincoln and “the opportunities that led on from it”, as well as having the chance to “meet like-minded people”.
The former St Kevin’s College, Oamaru, student was impressed with Lincoln’s facilities, and the amount of space available on campus for relaxing and enjoying recreational activities.
She stayed in Hudson Hall during her time at Lincoln and says the accommodation was great and offered a good variety of options.
She also enjoyed the range and number of events on offer at the University.
“It was good to have separate scholarship events too.”
She says the University made it easy for her to excel as an athlete as she worked towards a degree.
“I was able to balance my study and sporting commitments and found lecturers accommodating if you had sporting commitments to attend that may have clashed with something to do with your course.”
She aims to continue representing in netball both regionally and nationally and says her code is strong and “they look after their players, which is great”.
She would also like to use her degree to establish a career in event management.
Netball scholar Hayley Lee is studying towards a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management. She came to Lincoln University from Burnside High School, having heard about the Sports Scholarship Programme from associate professor Mike Hamlin, who approached her at the Netball South Island Secondary Schools tournament and suggested she apply.
“I love the family-like atmosphere at Lincoln and the encouragement you are given to excel in your chosen sport,” she says. “I want to reach franchise level and represent my country one day.”
Hayley chose to study Sport and Recreation Management due to her interest in fitness and a desire to be involved in the logistics behind sporting events.
“I’d like to get a managerial role within netball or Touch NZ when I finish my degree,” she says.
She is impressed by the broad range of courses available at the University and likes the small class sizes.
“Most people see Lincoln as a farming uni, and although a lot of the courses available are agriculturally-based, there is a diverse range of sporting and commercial degrees,” she says.
“Everyone is friendly and the smaller classes make it easier to get to know your lecturers. If you’re stuck with something, they are more than happy to help you out.”
Hayley stayed in Southland Hall during her first year at Lincoln University and says “any hall that you go into is a blast”.
“Southland is one of the smaller halls, so you get to know everyone. As far as activities and events are concerned, my best piece of advice is to participate in everything that you possibly can. You’ll never get another opportunity to do it.”
She says good time management skills are essential for scholars to meet their requirements in both the sporting and academic arenas, but that success is “totally within reach”.
One of the best aspects of the programme, she says, is the opportunity to make lifelong friends.
“Whichever code you’re associated with, you get to know your peers very closely; so close, you’re almost like a family.
“You train, gym and play together and in future years, you may even flat together. Being part of the netball code has allowed me to meet girls I wouldn’t have otherwise met and create friendships with them that will last a lifetime.”