"Benefits of the tie-up will include industry placements and internships for students with the WSL across a range of disciplines."
Brilliant. Just brilliant and I couldn’t be happier to report that our World Surf League finally has an “Official higher education partner in Australia” because it needs one now more than ever. Just yesterday we learned that scheming, big-brain’d Ivy Leaguers are looking into the nefariousness of “nationality bias” in World Surf League judging. How to counter the potential damning that might come from a report? Well, to officially partner with a private not-for-profit university on Australia’s Gold Coast, obviously.
Australia’s Gold Coast is known for many things: Snapper Rocks, Mick Fanning. Also it is known as a hub of smarts n stuff. Bond, private and not-for-profit since 1989, will be the perfect bulwark against Stanford, Harvard, Oxford etc. and let’s head straight to the press release to learn what lucky students will be getting n stuff.
The two-year deal beginning in 2020 will see Bond become the Official Higher Education Partner of the World Surf League Australia.
Benefits of the tie-up will include industry placements and internships for students with the WSL across a range of disciplines.
Bond University student Rachael Tilly became the youngest world champion in the history of professional surfing when she won the 2015 longboard title at the age of 17.
From San Clemente in California, she is studying a Bachelor of Sports Management while still competing on the women’s longboard world tour.
“I’d love to use my degree to make an impact in the surfing industry,” Ms Tilly said.
“My lecturer at Bond set me up with an internship at a WSL event earlier this year and I learned so much.
“This is a huge opportunity for students, even ones who aren’t specifically into surfing.
I’m excited for more potential employees to dawn the WSL’s Santa Monica door who “aren’t specifically into surfing.” They can join WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt and a host of others who know nothing about the stuff n stuff.
My fingers are crossed for a similar partnership right here in America.
What institution would make the best fit?