Ky joins select Bond group
AUSTRALIAN Ironman champion Ky Hurst has been awarded the prestigious Bond University Sporting Scholarship for 2006, joining the company of previous winners Daniel Kowalski, Linda Halfweeg, Giaan Rooney, Karni Liddell and training partner Grant Hackett.
The four-time Australian Ironman Champion has recently stepped up his swimming training under the guidance of the Australian team coach Denis Cotterell and has his eyes set on representing Australia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Olympic Games.
Ky will commence his Bachelor of Communications at Bond University in January, combining his rigorous training schedule with his studies ? a challenge that the ambitious 24-year-old seems unfazed by.
"I've seen Grant (Hackett) and Daniel (Kowalski) juggle both reasonably well and am confident I can do the same, plus it will provide a much-needed break from the pool," he said.
"Bond University is very supportive of my ambitions, and my goal to be part of the 2008 Olympic Swim Team, and fortunately they are willing to be flexible with my study program and work around my individual needs".
Ky hopes his chosen degree will set him in good stead for a career in public relations or perhaps sports management later in life.
"I'll probably always be involved in my sports, but in 10 years time I see myself in a PR role, in front of a television camera or running sports events ? and this degree will make sure I'm prepared for that move", he said.