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Jemma Peart

Student stories

Overcoming challenges is something racewalker Jemma Peart has become accustomed to in her young sporting career.

However, the cancellation of race competitions due to COVID-19 posed a new test that she never envisaged coinciding with starting a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education degree at Federation University.

Despite these challenging times, Jemma, a member of Federation University’s Elite Athlete Program, adjusted well to her university studies as they went online as a result of the pandemic.

“The shift to online learning has been a big change for me. I found that it is easier for me to manage my time studying and training, by creating a weekly planner that details all of my activities for the day,” Jemma said.

“I’ve also been making sure that I get enough fresh air in between studying, so I will often walk the dogs around the block or sit outside and do my work.”

Jemma quickly learned that finding time to relax in her schedule of training and university studies was key to finding a healthy relationship between the two.

“It’s important to get the balance between both in order to succeed,” Jemma said.

After following in her cousins’ Jared and Rachel Tallent’s footsteps, Jemma has continued to lean on family and friends to keep her positive and motivated during these uncertain times.

Although Jemma could continue training outdoors, she had to adjust to a new training schedule developed by strength and conditioning coach Neville Down, Course Coordinator for Health and Physical Education at Federation University.

“I have set up a small little gym in our garage. Neville has helped design a gym program for my sister and I to complete at home. My athletics club, Ballarat YCW Harriers, has also adapted to the changing world and implemented virtual runs that we could complete in our own time.”

With the goal of representing Australia at world events, one that Jemma is looking good to achieve after winning two National Championship titles in 2019, the current uncertainty means a shift in focus in the short term.

“My goal during this period is to stay motivated, continue balancing my studies and training, as well as trying to increase my strength and maintain my fitness.”

Some great advice for all students to follow as we continue to adapt to the current situation.

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