Cyclist training for the Olympics and Pathways program student, completing HSC in 2019

Emily Watts

I am an 18 year old girl who lives in Hartley. I am a day student at Scots All Saints College. Currently undertaking Pathways through Scots All Saints College. Pathways is a way to complete your HSC over an extended period of time. I have completed 2 years with the first year being year 11 subjects and last year being a mix of both year 11 and sitting my HSC for half of my subjects.

I am coming into my final year 12 with 3 subjects to complete. Undertaking Pathways has enabled me to be able to ensure that my study, training and competing schedules were not conflicted. I was easily able to dedicate the appropriate time to all areas and not be stressed. Scots All Saints College enabled me to use my free periods to maximum capacity by having a room set up in the library where I could go and do study or complete assessment tasks. I was also able to use time to train. This could mean riding home through Tarana on a number of occasions, undertaking a strength and conditioning session or in the gym as I had my trainer set up there.

I have been able to gain many positives from attending Scots All Saints College. Firstly, I was selected as the last Scots School Captain for 2018. I am very proud of this achievement and represented the school to the best of my ability. I did this not only in the sporting arena but also in my everyday life and how I presented myself. I knew I was a representative of the school at all times and conducted myself accordingly.

Only undertaking limited subjects has its benefits for me, as I would regularly miss a week or two school at a time away for cycling events around Australia. I am grateful to all of my teachers that during this time I could be in constant contact through email as well as either receiving work before I left or getting it when I returned. Again, not having a full subject load enabled me to easily flow back into class and catch up.

I am entering my second year of Year 12 and feel good about the HSC as I have already done some of subjects and know that the pressure isn’t going to be as high with only my final 3 subjects to complete this year. I have been supported during my journey through Pathways and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to reduce the stress on their journey through the HSC for whatever personal reason.

I am continuing to represent my State in cycling and competing during the Christmas school holidays. I have been chosen to be part of the Sydney Uni Staminade Women’s cycling team for another year and will race at the National road race in Ballarat and then at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, the biggest cycling event in Australia attracting international riders. I am able to take on all these opportunities and give them 100% because I have the pressure of school reduced as my subject load is reduced.

My ultimate goal is to race at the Olympics, but I would also like to travel to Europe and race over there. I am looking at attending Sydney University under their Elite Athlete program and undertake the Bachelor of Education.

No matter what your journey is or how you travel it, know that it is yours alone and you need to do what is best for you. I am happy with my journey so far and know that Pathways was the right way for me to undertake the HSC and be able to give 100% to everything I do.

Emily Watts

Cyclist training for the Olympics and Pathways program student, completing HSC in 2019

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