Olympus Futures

Meriden has a proud tradition of fostering sports champions. The School’s commitment to supporting both the academic and sporting needs of elite sports girls attracts students who play sport at state, national and international level.

Many of our graduates continue to excel at sport after completing their education at Meriden.

The Olympus Futures program was established to expand opportunities for Meriden’s elite sports girls beyond secondary school and to assist them in directing their learning to achieve their tertiary study goals.

Meriden has formed associations with a number of renowned overseas universities to facilitate a smooth transition for Meriden graduates into that institution’s tertiary sporting and academic environment.

The Olympus Futures program provides advice and guidance in selecting a suitable tertiary institution, and identifying and applying for international university/collegiate scholarships. It also assists girls to accelerate development in their sport for national and international representation. The guidance is tailored to the individual needs and goals of each student.

Since 2013, five Meriden graduates have been awarded full scholarships to leading American universities to compete in the highly competitive world of NCAA sport. Scholarships to these universities are highly valued and can cover tuition fees, accommodation, food, travel and clothing for the duration of the course.

The Olympus Futures Coordinator

The Olympus Futures program is coordinated by Meriden’s International Sports Coordinator, Mr Ryan Richards. Mr Richards joined the staff at Meriden in 2004 and is a teacher of senior PDHPE and coordinator of the School’s highly successful Water Polo and Basketball programs. His qualifications include Bachelor of Behaviour Health Science (USyd), Graduate Diploma of Education/PDHPE (UTS) and Master of Education/Health and Physical Education (UOW).

Mr Richards is passionate about student-athlete development and assisting committed students to achieve the results they deserve beyond the classroom. An avid fan of college sports, Mr Richards is dedicated to exploring academic and sporting opportunities and pathways for student-athletes, both domestically and abroad.

Find out more

More information about the Olympus Futures program can be obtained by emailing olympusfutures@meriden.nsw.edu.au