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Anna Scarlett

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Anna Scarlett.
Anna Scarlett

Student
Physiotherapy

World champion Silver Fern, New Zealand women's indoor volleyball representative, New Zealand beach volleyball squad member. It's incredible that Anna Scarlett has time for anything other than her sport, let alone completing a degree in Physiotherapy.

"I think it's about achieving a balance," Anna says. "I still want to make sure I have time for friends and study. Plus, it's good to have something else to do where I'm thinking about something other than sport."

She has been able to study part-time for her degree, and is currently completing third-year papers. The School of Physiotherapy allows students to study part-time under exceptional circumstances, on a case-by-case basis.

"The School of Physiotherapy have been excellent, in terms of helping me to fit study around my other commitments. I don't think they've had anyone request part-time study before, but they've been very flexible and accommodating."

And while study has provided an alternative to sport, Anna admits that there is some cross-over."Physiotherapy knowledge is certainly useful on the netball court, in terms of both understanding and managing injuries. And I think as a sportsperson you get some idea of how frustrating injuries can be for clients."

Now, despite a vintage year in 2003, she is busy setting herself new goals.

"I haven't cemented my place in the Silver Ferns yet. And this year I also plan to focus on beach volleyball. Because of my other sporting commitments I haven't had the chance to represent New Zealand in this and it's something I'd like to try to achieve.

"But, of course, you can't carry on playing sport for ever, so it's good to know that I'll have a degree in Physiotherapy to fall back on."