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USC Basketball Club President Brad Wilde, USC’s Dr Adam Gorman and club members Connor Bloom and Manu Wilde

12 June 2014

A USC sports scientist who worked with the Australian Boomers Basketball Team has now also shared his secrets with junior players at a local community sports club.

USC Lecturer in Motor Control and Motor Learning Dr Adam Gorman’s presentation to the University of the Sunshine Coast Basketball Club was part of a series of Friday night sports talks coordinated by USC’s Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching.

Dr Gorman was previously a skill acquisition specialist with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra, where he worked with elite-level athletes across a wide range of sporting disciplines.

“I did a lot of work with the men’s and women’s AIS basketball squads and I worked with the Boomers too; in particular their coach Andrej Lemanis,” he said.

Dr Gorman said his presentation had shared a number of the training tips that had previously been used with some of Australia’s elite basketball players.

“Many of the same principles of training and technique apply at both elite and junior levels and it was great to see the enthusiasm of the young players at the local club.

“It’s nice to assist those who are potentially our next Boomers and our next Opals.”

Other USC presenters in the sports talks series include Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics Dr Mark Sayers, Lecturer in Coaching Science Angela Calder, Senior Lecturer in Psychology Dr Geoff Lovell and Sports Science Honours student Cecilia Severin.

Dr Sayers, who is also project leader for the series, said the talks had been very popular with the young players, coaches and parents.

“Our aim is to engage with the club through our shared love of sport and to raise aspirations in young people regarding sport and tertiary studies,” Dr Sayers said.

He said the success of the pilot series, funded by a USC Office of Engagement Research Support Grant, meant consideration would be given to extending it to other local clubs.

– by David Cameron

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