Opening batsman pads up for cricket research

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Opening batsman pads up for cricket research


18 April 2012

18 April 2012

Tewantin Noosa Cricket Club’s opening batsman Zachary Goodchild already has the runs on the board for a career in sport research after graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast this month.

Zachary, 20, completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science degree last year and was among 1,100 students to graduate from USC on Wednesday 4 April.

The 2008 school captain of Murgon State High School is now undertaking an Honours degree at USC, and his current research involves comparing the accuracy of manual coding in cricket games with data from the 3D ball-tracking system called Hawk-Eye.

Zachary has also secured part-time employment with Queensland Cricket and as a gym instructor and sports facilitator at the University.

“I obtained level 3 and 4 certificates in personal training as part of my degree and that helped me to gain a position in the gym at USC,” he said. “The knowledge I gained through my degree also helped me to achieve a coaching development position with Queensland Cricket.”

Zachary has played representative cricket for Wide Bay and was a guest 12th man for the Bulls Masters in a Twenty20 match against the South Burnett Invitational XI in October 2010.

He listed the University’s reputation, proximity to Murgon and the Coast’s relaxed lifestyle as his reasons for choosing to study at USC.

“The student numbers aren’t as high as that of some of the bigger universities in Brisbane, so one-on-one contact with lecturers and tutors was fantastic,” he said. “The Health and Sport department was equipped with the latest and best technology for research, talent development and hands-on experience in class.

“The lecturers were fantastic teachers with real-life experience. For example, one was a scrum coach and biomechanist for the All Blacks, and the other was a sports nutritionist for the Wallabies.”

Zachary is currently working one day a week for the Australian Institute of Sport’s cricket squad, gathering data for his thesis and assisting with coaching. His future ambitions include working with Cricket Australia and the AIS in a biomechanics or coaching role.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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