About us

The partnership between the World Academy of Sport and Federation University combines strengths in progressive education with the global sport industry to deliver a new and innovative international educational opportunity.

Ranked #1 in Victoria for Graduate Full-time Employment, Teaching Quality, Skills Development and Student Support^ and #3 nationally, for student employability,^^ Federation University is one of Australia’s most established universities that takes pride in delivering the highest quality of education.

^The Good University Guide 2021
^^2019 national QILT results

Choose to study with us

We will help you be job ready

We are committed to helping you reach your full potential, leading to meaningful careers and personal development that lasts beyond your studies.

You will grow your network and be industry recognised

World Academy of Sport is the education partner for world sport, providing learning pathways for participants throughout the international sports sector.

Our leaders

Dr Sue Brown

Dr Sue Brown is educating the next generation of sport leaders as Director of International Sport Management at Federation University Australia.

Sue works in partnership with the World Academy of Sport to bring student-athletes and sports enthusiasts a new and wholly online Bachelor of International Sport Management where her extensive knowledge across sport, community advocacy, academia and education has been a credit to the bespoke, industry-designed degree.

A friendly face for many in Ballarat, Sue speaks on ABC Ballarat radio every Friday morning discussing community sport and offering new perspectives on its future, and added to her repertoire a PhD in 2015 (with a focus on how women engage in sport leadership).

“Don’t compromise integrity, that’s the most important thing we have as human beings. I like to think leaders make decisions for the good of community, not themselves." Dr Sue Brown

Sue continues to be a passionate and known-leader within her community, having:

  • acted as an ambassador for the City of Ballarat’s Active Women and Girls Strategy
  • trained as an Auskick instructor
  • worked as a Board of Director for the AFL Goldfields Region Commission, and
  • is a member of AFL Victoria’s Gender Equality Group.


  • 2016 International Women’s Day Award by Golden Plains Shire
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2019 for Leadership and Transformational Change at the University.

Steven Potts

Steven heads the World Academy of Sport partnership with Federation University Australia to deliver the new International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme in International Sport Management, as well as the new Bachelor of International Sport Management.

University-educated in science and with executive-level experience across several sectors and roles including sport, horticulture, boating, project management and consulting, Steven has a diverse skillset and a deep understanding of industry-specific issues which help him to contextually and proactively achieve niche outcomes in complex environments.

In his current role as Director, Corporate and Government at World Academy of Sport, Steven has been working collaboratively with key stakeholders to achieve sustainable sporting and educational outcomes for the various students, athletes, coaches, sporting associations and partnerships who rely on, and work with, the Academy.