8 October 2014
A Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Academy coach whose team members are benefiting from his Sport and Exercise Science studies at USC received a Faculty Medal for academic excellence when he graduated last week.
David Parr, the academy’s head coach for men’s artistic gymnastics, received the medal for his impressive grade point average of 6.61 out of a possible 7.
The 36-year-old from Coolum Beach was among hundreds of people graduating at two ceremonies on campus at Sippy Downs on Thursday 2 October.
“My Bachelor degree has given me state-of-the-art theories, concepts and practices to apply in my coaching position,” said Mr Parr, also an advanced judge of men’s gymnastics at national level.
The married father of three came to Australia from Stevenage in England three years ago to study at USC and is now a permanent resident.
“After 13 years teaching snowboarding across the world, my family and I were ready for the surf and sun lifestyle and I selected USC because of the program on offer,” he said.
Mr Parr also tutors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the University’s Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS).
“I’d like to continue to coach at state and national level. I’m also looking at further study and working in academia because I enjoy the USC community so much.”
— Julie Schomberg