NEW PATH: Vivienne Golding is graduating with a masters degree.
NEW PATH: Vivienne Golding is graduating with a masters degree. Geoff Potter

Vivienne scales new heights after mastering whitewater

EVEN after dominating whitewater slalom paddling, having a daughter and helping found three companies, there's still plenty of mountains left for Vivienne Golding to climb.

The Boreen Point resident and for

mer Australian champion paddler will graduate on April 5 with her Master of Business Administration from the Uni

versity of the Sunshine Coast after completing studies at the end of last year.

Ms Golding said her Masters helped her expand her knowledge and the understanding of business strategy, marketing, management, leadership and the economic world.

"We work with a lot of different firms, such as Virgin Blue, ANZ Bank, Mission Australia, KPMG, Mirvac

Hotels and Resorts and Sundale, so I was pleased my MBA allowed me to think outside the square about the

people and culture of companies," she said.

Vivienne stretched the one-year course to three as she balanced full-time work, the birth of her daughter and life in general.

"It just took discipline," the 49-year-old said.

She said the highlight of her time at university was a 10-day study tour to Germany, where she visited factories, the European Central Bank and a prestigious business school.

Ms Golding said she chose USC

because she wanted a face-to-face university experience.

"I hadn't been to uni before and the stimulation from the other students, including international students, was fantastic," she said.

"The lecturers really understood me as someone who works, studies and has a family.

"I have made great friends from around the world and I have a Masters I am very proud of and feel a great sense of achievement at completing."


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