Issue 5
Monday, 06 July 2020
Charles Darwin University
CDU student Jason Wilmot documents his diving tour in the south of Taiwan
CDU student Jason Wilmot documents his diving tour in the south of Taiwan

Scaling new heights with Sports Science

By Kaye Hall

CDU Exercise and Sports Science student, Jason Wilmot is scaling new heights following a successful student exchange with the National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS) in Taichung, Central Taiwan. 

Working as a personal trainer in Alice Springs, Mr Wilmot returned to full time study last year to broaden his knowledge in health. When the opportunity for student exchange came up, funded by the New Colombo Plan grants program, he jumped at the chance.

“Sports Science helps broaden my opportunities in the health industry and gives me access to even greater career opportunities,” he said.

“The NTUS exchange gave me access to every sport you can imagine and the knowledge to go with it.”

Mr Wilmot flew to Taiwan in February – just as the world was shutting down for Covid-19. However, a quick response by the Taiwanese Government meant that life remained virtually unchanged.

“The availability of masks, strict contact tracing and the closure of international borders meant that life in Taiwan continued as normal,” he said.

“There were some social distancing measures, but everything remained open, including gyms, cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls and markets.”

During his exchange, Mr Wilmot completed units in advanced scuba diving, outdoor education, sport psychology, nutrition, mountaineering and canyoneering. 

Mr Wilmot is focused on completing the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science by mid-2021, after which he’ll apply for entry to a postgraduate medicine course.

He is grateful for the opportunity to broaden his cultural experiences through foreign exchange and further develop his independence.

“The self-confidence and personal growth that comes from experiencing another culture is hard to come by without placing yourself in an experience like overseas exchange,” he said.

“The students and teachers made me feel extremely welcome and introduced me to a Taiwanese world not experienced by tourists.”