Issue 7
Monday, 03 September 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Chen Fang Chen with Ting Wei Weng and Xiang Dai dancing in traditional Taiwanese style
Chen Fang Chen with Ting Wei Weng and Xiang Dai dancing in traditional Taiwanese style

Taiwanese students get sporty in Darwin

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

Taiwanese Indigenous sports science students kicked goals with a cultural and study program at Charles Darwin University last month.

Exercise and Sport Science Lecturer Daniel Gahreman said the students were visiting from the National Taiwanese University of Sport.

“We had an action-packed schedule with locker room, game prep and training with the male NT Thunder players,” Dr Gahreman said. “While baseball is their national sport, the students enjoyed Aussie Rules and learning about the strategies and physiological requirements of the game.”

Dr Gahreman said the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society organised a range of Australian Indigenous activities including wood carving and spear throwing.

“The Taiwanese Indigenous students had a crash course into the Australian way of life,” he said. “In return, they shared the rich beauty of their own traditional music, dance and culture.”

The students also went to an Indigenous soccer training session, the NT Institute of Sport and Marrara Sporting Complex as well as a number of sports science classes at the university.