Olympus Futures

Olympus Futures helps student-athletes navigate their post-school options and sporting journeys.

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.

Each year, an average of four Meriden students are offered scholarships at leading international universities through the program, in comparison to one student every four years at Australian high schools overall. In 2019, however, a record nine Meriden girls received offers of sporting scholarships from NCAA Division 1 universities across the United States of America.

The Olympus Futures Coordinator

The Olympus Futures program is coordinated by Meriden’s Olympus Program Coordinator, Mr Ryan Richards. Mr Richards joined the staff at Meriden in 2004 and is a teacher of senior PDHPE. He has been a coordinator of the School’s highly successful Water Polo and Basketball programs. His qualifications include a 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 their goals 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