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CQUni Exercise and Sport Sciences team hosts Cairns high schoolers for unique Taipans experience

Published:26 October 2018

Fourteen students from Far North Queensland met with CQUniversity Cairns Taipans players and CQUniversity Exercise and Sport Sciences staff at the CQUni Sports Science MVP Program 2018.

A lucky group of Far North Queensland high school students this week had a brush with basketball fame as part of a special on-on-one session at CQUniversity’s newly opened Exercise and Sport Sciences laboratories.

The 14 students from Cairns, and as far away as Atherton and Mareeba, met with CQUniversity Cairns Taipans players and CQUniversity Exercise and Sport Sciences staff including Lecturer Dr Joshua Guy and Fitness Teacher Sonya Barber, at the CQUni Sports Science MVP Program 2018.

The aim of the event was to give high school students who had expressed an interest in Exercise and Sport Sciences an insight into CQUni’s degree and the working relationship CQUni’s students and staff have with the Taipans.

Dr Guy said the high schoolers undertook the same speed and agility tests as the Taipans and toured the new facilities.

“There was an incredible amount of enthusiasm from the students and they had lots of questions about the lab equipment, including the biodex, strength testing and injury prevention.

“The students were also excited to meet the players in the back room and speaking with their head of performance and team physiotherapist Tom Maher.

“They also learned about the catapult system, the micro-sensors the players wear during training and games to track movement and intensity and the players’ workloads and heart rates ‘live’ during the training session.”

The participating schools were St Augustine’s College, St Monica’s College, St Stephen’s College Mareeba, Atherton State High School, St Andrew’s Catholic College and Cairns State High School.

The four girls from Cairns State High School are also current Certificate II in Sport and Recreation students at CQUni.

The new Exercise and Sport Sciences laboratories which were opened on 19 October, are located at Cairns Basketball Association headquarters, and allow the delivery of training and research alongside elite athletes, coaching and sports administrators, incorporating the latest biomechanics and physiology technologies.

CQUni invested close to $1 million towards the new space.