Sydney Swans co-captain Dane Rampe has won the UNSW Academic Excellence Award, which was presented by UNSW Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Attila Brungs at the UNSW Blues and Sport Awards on Friday night.

Rampe began studying a Graduate Certificate in Commerce at UNSW in 2020, just before Covid hit. Despite all the challenges of 2020 – travelling interstate with the team and relocating to the hub – he continued to work hard and excel in his studies, maintaining a distinction average throughout 2020 and 2021.

Rampe’s impressive results in his Graduate Certificate led to him being invited to undertake a Master of Commerce and he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He picked up where he left off and has continued to maintain a distinction average throughout his masters degree, all while excelling on the field for in his role as co-captain.

Dane Rampe with UNSW Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Attila Brungs. Image: UNSW Sport

In his acceptance speech, Rampe highlighted the importance of seeing study as an opportunity for elite athletes and making the most of it to set themselves up for life after sport.

“I am really grateful to be able to study while I play sport,” he said.

“In my opinion if you’re going to do a degree, you give it everything you’ve got and that’s what I’ve tried to do throughout my time here.”

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