18 September 2023

University of Canberra showcases potential sporting pathways for Riverina students

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Students from six Riverina high schools took part in the University of Canberra’s second annual Regional Roadshow for Sport Day. Photo: University of Canberra.

Interactive workshops have given students in the Riverina valuable insights into how a tertiary degree can open the door to a range of careers in the world of sports.

The University of Canberra (UC) held its second annual UC Regional Roadshow for Sport Day, which involved more than 250 Year 9 and 10 students from Riverina Anglican College, Wagga Wagga High, Narrendara High, Kooringal High and Hay War Memorial High.

The students engaged with some of the university’s elite athletes, current students and support service providers at the Multi-Purpose Stadium. The day included interactive sessions in rugby and basketball, Q&A sessions with UC’s elite athlete panel, workshops on sports media and virtual environments.

The roadshow is part of UC’s sports strategy to showcase sports-related courses, and the sessions allowed aspiring students to see the potential study and career pathway opportunities at the university.

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UC Associate Professor Julie Cook said sport was not just about playing or participating.

“It’s everything around sport …. management, media, politics, event and tourism,” Professor Cooke said

“We showed them [the students] the different aspects of what is involved with sport.”

Professor Cooke was pleased with how the day turned out for the students and that most students enjoyed the interactive sessions.

“They enjoyed sports media because it was very interactive … the students introduced a sporting event [on radio] and went through how they would on the radio,” Professor Cooke said.

“They looked at commentating the Women’s World Cup – the penalty shootout between France and Australia and commentated on that.

“It was fun and interactive for them.”

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Professor Cooke said the regional roadshow initiative was launched by the university to attract more students.

“UC is ideally positioned. It’s two hours to Wagga, the coast and the snow,” she said. “And it has everything a city has to offer.”

Professor Cooke said many teachers asked why the university only focused on sports on the day.

“We have a sports strategy, and sport lies in the heart of the University of Canberra,” she said. “It is part of our history, present and future.

”Sport links teaching, learning and research across all faculties … it’s integral to the staff and student experience.”

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