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Campus News : December 2010
Campus News is produced by the Media Unit. Editorial Nick Hartgerink Bernie Goldie Kate Mcllwain Layout Artist Paul Martens Photographers Sean Maguire Mark Newsham Telephone +61 2 4221 5942 Facsimile +61 2 4221 3128 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web media.uow.edu.au Address University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia CRICOS Provider No: 001202E ISSN 0312-2018 16 Campus News December 2010 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au Dragons partnership a winner The University of Wollongong joined St George Illawarra fans in cheering the club to victory in the 2010 National Rugby League premiership. While the club's 32-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters was an on-field triumph, the Dragons have also been kicking goals off the field with a range of community- based activities, including their partnership with UOW. Over the past year, the two organisations have forged a strong partnership based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton and Dragons Chairman Warren Lockwood in August 2009. The agreement formalised a commitment from both organisations to work on joint initiatives and programs, and has opened up opportunities for UOW students across a range of fields including on-the-job training and research. The Dragons use UOW's sporting facilities for pre-season training, while a number of the club's players are undertaking courses. UOW communications, marketing and journalism students have been given access to Dragons training sessions and players, producing 'real life' sports journalism stories from the assignments and gaining opportunities for work placements with the Dragons marketing staff. Exercise Science lecturer John Sampson coordinates a team of students who undertake work placements with the Dragons. During the off-season training they assist the team by recording data and taking questionnaires so that the coaching staff can measure the demands of training. "We have a large group of students who help out during training in the off-season, but the students who impress the most are chosen to keep working through the season," Mr Sampson said. Through these handpicked students, the UOW-Dragons partnership has helped incorporate academic research into games and training routines. One current project by Masters student Stuart Gadd is looking into how GPS tracking can be used to improve training methods and ensure it is as close to real game play as possible. "For us the partnership opens up opportunities like this for research students, and then the Dragons can hopefully apply this knowledge to improve their performance in games," Mr Sampson said. He said working with elite athletes complements what the students learn in the classroom. "Because our course is heavily focused on exercise rehabilitation for individuals with chronic diseases, the students get a lot of exposure to training and rehabilitation programs for individuals who have limited capacity," he said. "This exposure to how elite athletes exercise shows them the opposite side of the spectrum." Another aim of the partnership is to provide courses to help players prepare for life after their playing career is over. Second rower Ben Creagh, who played with the University rugby league team Cricket club plans half century celebrations More than 1300 cricketers have played for the University of Wollongong Cricket Club (UWCC) since its first match in 1961. The club is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a reunion on the October long weekend in 2011, and wants all former players to know they are welcome. "We're working hard to establish contact with as many former players as possible," said UWCC Reunion Chairman Geoff Mettam. "So if any former players reading Campus News haven't heard about the reunion, we hope they'll get in touch with us." Geoff said the reunion activities would start on Friday, 30 September and continue through the weekend to the Monday. Activities for the weekend include: • drinks on Friday night • reunion dinner on Saturday night Dragons players who successfully combine football with study at UOW (clockwise from left) Dan Hunt, Alex McKinnon, Mitch Rein, Jack Stockwell, Ben Creagh and Michael Bullock. before joining the Dragons, has been the face of the joint venture, leading the way in combining a professional football career with a part-time Bachelor of Commerce. "I started (studying) a few years ago just because I was finding I had a lot of time away from training. I thought it could be beneficial if I started studying," Ben said. Since then he has completed three years of part-time study, and hopes to be able to use his degree to further his interest in business. "A lot of the guys see themselves coaching or doing something with the footy club (when they finish playing). I would love to stay involved in the club somehow using my degree. If not, I will go into the workforce," he said. Ben has encouraged a number of younger players to follow in his footsteps. He said the "football bubble" players live in would eventually end so they need to be equipped for life outside football. "It is great to see some of the under 20s now coming out of school and going straight to uni. They will be finished (their degree) well before they finish their playing careers," he said. Under 20s player Alex McKinnon started his Bachelor of Arts straight from school, and has spent 2010 studying and managing his training schedule. He chose to study Arts to give himself lots of career options -- and said his plans range from going into business after his football career or becoming a primary school teacher. "(Football) is only 10 years of your life if you are lucky, so you've got another 30 years of your working career to go, and you need something to fall back on," Alex said. KM • watching the UWCC grade matches on Saturday • the opportunity to participate in the selection of an "all time UWCC 1st 11" • the opportunity to tour the UOW campus and sports facilities A history of the club, written by Chas Keys, and a DVD featuring videos, cartoons, copies of all annual reports and copies of Pembo's Organ will also be available at the reunion. For more information on the weekend contact Geoff Mettam by email at Geoffrey.Mettam@three.com.au or phone (02) 4227 5757 or 0437 146 002 or John Pemberton by email at email@example.com NH