AISTS HAS AWARDED THE FIFTH ANNUAL FUTURE FEMALE LEADER IN SPORT SCHOLARSHIP TO ITALIAN/SWISS, ALICE RONCHETTI
“After a coach told me: “ If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail ” I realized that the same concept applied to every aspect of life and that I lacked preparation for what would be my professional career. That feeling drew me to AISTS.”
Alice’s career as a semi-professional athlete in Softball spans from 2009 to 2019 which concluded in her representing the Italian national team in 2019.
Her passion for sport was sparked at a young age playing Softball and Baseball. This passion led her to become an Ambassador for Laureus Italia, a non-profit organization that embodies the values Alice shares. Jointly they endeavour to impact the lives of many young women and hope to positively influence their love and passion for sport.
“I’m therefore grateful that AISTS shares the same values and has created this Scholarship for women as it shows an incredible sensitivity to the gender representation challenge faced in the sports community.”
When asked how life has changed for Alice and what advice she would give to other athletes looking to transition into sport management – her advise was as follows,
“Trust your experience and prepare for the future. As athletes, we need to recognize that the experience we gained over the years is not just a beautiful memory but a competitive advantage and an asset in the sport industry!”
To conclude, we asked Alice where she sees herself in 5 years?
“I aspire to have a job that fulfils my eagerness and that can have a positive impact in society, allowing me to advocate the greater values of sport through educational and developmental measures in our communities. By doing so, I hope to continuously inspire other women to pursue careers in sport as well!“
The Future Female Leader in Sport Scholarship was established in 2011 by the June Canavan Foundation, but due to limitations in funding was ceased in 2013. June Canavan, graduated from AISTS in 2006, tragically lost her life in a plane crash in 2009 whilst en route to the Kokoda Track. In honour of June’s memory, the AISTS re-established the scholarship 2 years ago with the unchanged aim of awarding one woman each year who demonstrates a commitment to ethical leadership in sport. The AISTS contributes to half the tuition cost of the 15-month AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology. Previous recipients include Otonye Iworima, Nigerian (2016); Carla Wuhrer, German (2017); Ana Vivar, Ecuadorian (2018); Rida Ahmed, Pakistan/Australia (2019); no recipient (2020); Alice Ronchetti, Italian/Swiss(2021)