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Education is Key!

Endurocad encourages athletes to obtain and education, so as to prepare for life after sport.
 
Ashley Smith is a fine example of achieving excellence both on and off the track. He has had a cracker track season smashing his 1500m and 3000mSC PB’s. He also recently graduated from UWC.
 
We asked him why it was important for him as an elite athlete to gain post school education.
 
“Beside using running as a platform to open doors for myself. As a student athlete I know the importance of Education. I continue to remind myself that I am a student before a athlete. I have about 10-12 years left of competitive running in me. What happens after that? Education is the back up. The moment I decide to hang up my spikes, I have something to fall onto and save myself from ending up as many other great runners of the past, bankrupt and struggling to make ends meet.
 
Me, studying, also gives me the opportunity to be a role model to many kids out there. Showing them that you can balance sport and academics. Showing them education is also as important as running and that they should use running to open the doors for themselves in getting into university.” – Ashley Smith
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