Issue 8
Monday, 07 October 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
College of Health and Human Sciences College Manager, Gus Diaz puts Katherine netballer Dawnellen Batkin through her paces at the CDU activity area at the NT Link Netball Championships
College of Health and Human Sciences College Manager, Gus Diaz puts Katherine netballer Dawnellen Batkin through her paces at the CDU activity area at the NT Link Netball Championships

Athletes and CDU in elite partnership

At the recent 2019 NT Link Netball Championships, CDU Stadium provided a fitting backdrop to highlight the pathways to a career in elite sport.

As the Territory’s best netballers showcased their skills, the colleges of Health and Human Sciences and Nursing and Midwifery showcased the study pathways and postgraduate courses available for people interested in health, fitness and sport.

College of Health and Human Sciences College Manager, Gus Diaz said CDU had an extraordinary resource for athletes in the Northern Territory.

“The partnership between NT Netball and CDU will open people’s eyes to the exciting opportunities to study and work towards a career in coaching, nutrition or sports science,” Mr Diaz said.

“Territory athletes can also tap into the world-class research and technology we have available at the university.”

The College's Exercise and Sports Science team set up an activity area that included an agility course with sensors, high jump, flexibility test and grip strength test, but it was the College’s Virtual Reality station that stole the show.

“The foyer was full of kids punching into the air in a boxing simulation, swinging an imaginary racket in a badminton simulation, shooting an imaginary basketball, and even exploring the human body in an anatomy and physiology simulation,” Mr Diaz said.

Undergraduate Nursing Course Coordinator and Lecturer in Nursing, Nicole Norman said she was impressed by the number of kids engaging with CDU and having a great time. 

“It was great community engagement for CDU Nursing,” Ms Norman said.

“Nursing education focuses on the importance of health and wellbeing, and sport helps create a healthy mind and healthy body.”