Bridie Kean is a PhD candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast with an elite sport background in Wheelchair Basketball. Bridie completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois in the U.S in 2011, where she received an athletic scholarship to play Wheelchair Basketball. Upon returning to Australia, Bridie continued to combine elite sport and tertiary study, captaining the Australian Gliders Wheelchair Basketball team to a Silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, while undertaking a Master of Public Health at the University of Queensland.
Currently Bridie is a research scholar at the Queensland Academy of Sport Centre of Excellence for Applied Sport Science. The aim of Bridie’s PhD research is to examine how Australian Universities can best provide support Para-athletes undertaking dual pathways in sport and study. This research project has informed the development and implementation of the USC Sports Elite and Education Dual Stream, a current program and research project, in collaboration with Basketball Australia and Queensland Academy of Sport, based at USC.