Friday 15 December 2017

Celebrating the Class of 2017 – Emma Hubball

Continuing on with Celebration Month today is recent graduate, Emma Hubball.

Emma has been at Ivanhoe Grammar School since she was 4 years old. Her father and uncles are also Ivanhoe alumni, in fact, one of Emma’s teachers – Mr Whitechurch – taught both dad and daughter! Her most memorable experience at school was being part of the Cadets program which she reached the role of CUO, and both her dad and his two brothers loved being part of Cadets during their time at Ivanhoe.

Emma wasted no time this year, securing a conditional offer in September to a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science through the La Trobe Aspire program. This program gives conditional early admission to students who contribute to their community through service and leadership. With the release of today’s ATAR results, Emma has secured that admission.

Emma is a humble and unassuming young woman. While talking to her about her future plans, an incredible story came up almost incidentally when she said she hoped to spend her holidays ‘playing sport’. What she meant by ‘playing sport’ was travelling to Utah on a Victorian Institute of Sport Scholarship as part of the Australian Aerial Skiing Development Team. So, in fact, Emma plans to spend her holidays preparing for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The story gets even more interesting when it is revealed that Emma has only been involved in aerial skiing for three years. She had previously been a gymnast but a nasty wrist injury sidelined her, leading coaches Liz Gardner and David Morris (former Olympian aerial-skiers themselves) to suggest she turn her acrobatic skills to aerial skiing. She loved the sport and was joined by her younger sister, Sophie, in Year 10. Both sisters will travel to Utah on the scholarship, and both are on the Australian Development Team, making them the first ever sisters to represent Australia in aerial skiing.

The development trip leaves on Saturday and will be an intensive 3-month training program. But with the La Trobe offer in hand, she has booked a return flight so not to miss her first week of university.