Winter is coming, and so is Olympian Brodie Summers


 
Winter Olympian and current Monash University Student Brodie Summers is one of Australia’s finest skiers. Hailing from Perth, Brodie is a real medal chance for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in the moguls discipline.
I know what you’re thinking, yes, mogul skiing is as gruelling as it looks, and no, I have no idea how Brodie still has functioning knees. However, despite being a physically taxing sport, you can feel the passion and the desire burning inside Brodie.
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Brodie tearing up the moguls. photo: brodiesummers Instagram
Nevertheless, when talking to Brodie, through that passion and will to push himself to new limits, there is also another side of Brodie. He is a genuinely good bloke. There are few people as humble and down the earth as the Australian athlete.
To say he’s ‘one of the nice guys’ does not acknowledge the extremely tight-knit and respectful community which is mogul skiing. Brodie could not have spoken more highly of those within the sport.
From the world number 1 Mikael Kingsbury, who he has likened to the dominating force of Tiger Woods or Usain Bolt, to each and every athlete who competes in the moguls, there is an underlying respect for one another.
In addition, the comradery within the Australian mogul team is unparalleled. Brodie’s team mates, Matt Graham and Britt Cox, are his second family, who he spends a lot of the year with.
“It’s a very tough sport, and we all know what it’s like to be away from home for so long, so it really helps to have such great people around me. I look forward to travelling, training and competing with Britt and Matty.”

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Catching some air with an amazing background seems like a normal day for Brodie Summers. Photo: brodiesummers Instagram
However, despite his love of travel, Brodie professed that leaving behind his terrier cross miniature poodle is one of, if not, the hardest thing he does every time he leaves.
Upon his return from training or competition, Brodie’s routine religiously consists of “getting breakfast and taking a very happy pup to the beach.”
Brodie’s genuine and passionate character is exemplified in his skiing. His desire to push himself to the limit and improve, regardless of the obstacles, has left him in good stead for the Olympics.
After missing the entire 2014/15 season due to a back injury, Brodie has gone from strength to strength since his recovery. Despite being admittedly hesitant when he returned to the competition, Brodie was able to regain his confidence in the 2016/17 season just passed.
Brodie solidified his good form by taking home the silver medal in the 2017 World Cup event in Thaiwoo Park, China. The performance proved, to not only Brodie but to the rest of the competition, that Brodie Summers is a real threat.
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Brodie on the Podium after winning silver at the 2017 World Cup event in Thaiwoo park, China. Photo: brodiesummers Instagram
“On my day, I know I can match it with the best.”
Brodie’s grit and determination will prove to be his greatest asset as he looks to leave nothing to chance in his preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics. He is poised to have his best season yet and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the 2018 Winter Olympics drawing ever closer.
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Whilst competing at the highest level, Brodie is also completing a Bachelor of Business Specialist (Banking and Finance) at Monash University. Brodie emphasised the value of university, and discovered his interest in banking and finance through his course and internships.
“I wanted to continue with higher education because I know the importance of life after sport.”
Monash University is proud to support and facilitate Brodie’s learning.
We at Monash University wish Brodie all the best heading into the Winter Olympics.

Elite Monash Player Profile – Stefan Uzelac


The Men's 2016 Australian University Games basketball posing for a team photo.
Current Monash University mechanical engineering and biomedical student Stefan Uzelac is seen as one of the best university basketball players in Australia. He currently plies his trade with the Sandringham Sabres who play in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). Only Australia’s premier basketball league, the National Basketball League, is considered better than the SEABL.

Stefan’s commitments with the Sabres and finishing his degree means that the semesters can become busy.

“It gets pretty full on, especially during semester one when the bulk of the season is played. So basically the two are my life for the best part of the year.”

Stefan dribbling the ball for the Sandrimgham Sabre's.
Stefan was part of the Monash Men’s Basketball team which competed at the 2016 Australian University Games (AUG) in Perth. He was integral to Monash’s medal push at the Games.

Stefan’s talents were on display as the Monash team took the group stage by storm finishing on top of the ladder. Stefan asserted that they played really well throughout the tournament.

However, a tough semi-final against the University of Western Australia saw the team fall short by a few points. The team looked to bounce back after an agonising loss, however, the loss to UWA was still being felt by Monash.

“I think we played our worst game fighting for bronze, felt a little disheartened from the loss in the semi’s earlier that day.”

Unfortunately, Monash narrowly missed out on the bronze medal.

Stefan’s experience playing in the SEABL proved invaluable for the Monash basketball team. He was rewarded for his excellent tournament with a Green & Gold medal, which is awarded to the best Basketball players at the Games.

Whilst the tournament did not end with the planned outcome, the week was still one to remember.


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“I really enjoyed it! The standard of play was quite good this year and venues were awesome.”

“Being able to meet all of the other student-athletes was definitely a great experience too.”

Stefan will be one of several basketball players who will have graduated before AUG17. Despite the loss of players, Stefan is confident that the younger guys will step up and take responsibility for the team.

With the 2017 Australian University Games drawing ever closer, Stefan peered into the future to give his prediction.

“I honestly don’t have a clue,” he joked, “but you never know what can happen. A big part of why we were relatively good as a team last year was because we worked out how to play together and win games.”

Whilst it will naturally be difficult to replace a talent like Stefan, having a team which knows how to win will hold them in good stead for AUG17.

As for Stefan’s Sabres, they have an exciting team this season. His plan is to stay focused, push for a play-offs spot and go from there.

We wish Stefan all the best with the remainder of his studies this semester, and the season ahead with the Sabres.


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