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Taking message of educational inclusivity to the Invictus Games

Taking message of educational inclusivity to the Invictus Games

Published:04 June 2018

In the field of cycling, Erika is already a national team champion in the criterium event and will compete in both criterium and individual time trial at the Invictus Games. She will also compete in the 400 m and 1500 m athletic events.

The word ‘Invictus’ is Latin for unconquered and embodies the fighting spirit of our wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women.

CQUni Sonography senior lecturer Erika Gosney will soon be in the unique position to compete in the Invictus Games in Sydney, while promoting the ‘unconquered’ spirit that helps so many regional and rural students to triumph over adversity.

The Melbourne-based academic will meet government ministers, VIPs and potential philanthropists - during lead-up training camps and at the Games - who may be keen to help students facing socio-economic disadvantage.

“I will be promoting Allied Health and Medical Sonography and CQUniversity's agenda of ‘giving back’ to the community,” she says.

Erika sustained broken ribs during Army exercises and other broken bones due to a fall from height during training in the 1990s.

She also has a muscle disorder and is going through her classification as a para athlete.

In the field of cycling, Erika is already a national team champion in the criterium event and will compete in both criterium and individual time trial at Invictus.  She will also compete in the 400 m and 1500 m athletic events.

After leaving the Army, Erika studied human physics and came into contact with the sonography profession through a research project.

She has been a sonographer for more than a decade and has completed her Masters on the way to a PhD looking into the 'vascular response of the lower limb tendons post-exercise by ultrasound'.

“I really like teaching people and believe strongly in how the CQUniversity Sonography program takes in people beyond the traditional radiography background,” Erika says.

“We value the wider knowledge and experience that people can bring to sonography from other professions and backgrounds.”