Study alongside motorsport for USQ’s Nathan Assaillit

23 July 2012
Nathan Assaillit with his team has taken USQ to the track

As semester 2 gets underway, USQ’s students hit the books again to aim for academic excellence on their way to fulfilment of their professional aspirations.

To help our students reach their goals there are a range of academic and personal support options tailored to the needs of a university student.

Sometimes, there are students who do something a little different – take on their dream, along with their studies.

As Semester 1 was drawing to a close, USQ got behind one our students to help him achieve his dream.

Nathan Assaillit has a dream to be a V8 Supercar driver and USQ supported Nathan at the recent Shannons 2 Days of Thunder at Queensland Raceway win an ex-V8 Supercar EL Falcon.

Assaillit who is completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at USQ is also an aspiring race driver and, together with the University of Southern Queensland’s Faculty of Engineering and Surveying competed in the Sports Sedan category at the 2 Days of Thunder.

Assaillit in his ex-V8 Supercar was up against a variety of machinery in the handicap races. After experiencing issues in qualifying, he was able to take two third places and a two second place finishes over the weekend’s racing.

‘It was a good weekend – we had a few dramas in qualifying but we worked our way to third in the first race, then two seconds and a third so I’m very happy,’ Nathan said after the race.

‘It was stressful coming into the weekend as I was trying to get ready for the weekend and I had exams on Monday – I had to keep my studies under control.’

‘It is definitely a massive help to have the support of the University of Southern Queensland – I couldn’t do a lot of what I am in the car. I really appreciate their support both for the racing and in my studies.’

Professor Frank Bullen, USQ’s Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying said that the Faculty was enthusiastic to support Nathan and was very pleased about the strong results over the weekend.

‘For a student to be able to apply what they have learnt in a competitive environment provides a great benefit to their studies and the USQ Faculty of Engineering and Surveying are excited to support Nathan.’

‘It would not be easy to do exams on the Monday and race on the Friday but Nathan took on the challenge to pursue his sporting and education goals.’

USQ also caters for elite athletes competing – or aiming to compete at the top of their sport.

USQ has been a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network since 2004. Being a part of this network allows USQ to provide additional academic support services to elite athletes to help them achieve their full academic potential while competing.

The Assaillit family is familiar with these support services as Nathan’s brother, Damian was involved in this program during his time at USQ. With the support of this program Damian was able to compete in the famed Bathurst 1000 in a V8 Supercar.

USQ has a range of academic and personal support is for all students.

Nathan Assaillit and the USQ team will be in action at the Shannons Nationals at Queensland Raceway on 11-12 August.

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