USC to host Sport Education Conference

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USC to host Sport Education Conference


Fitness expert and USC Research Fellow Mark McKean assesses an athlete

24 June 2014

Some of the brightest minds in the sporting industry will gather at the University of the Sunshine Coast on 3-4 July for the region’s inaugural Sport Education Conference.

Organised by the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation in partnership with USC, the two-day conference will consider topics like sport science, funding, governance, leadership and development.

Keynote speakers will include former dual international player and Australian Rugby Union coach Michael O’Connor, Australian Womensport and Recreation Association Executive Officer Leanne Evans and St James Ethics Centre consultant Philip Wright.

The conference is titled ‘Fun Fitness & Friendship – A Myth or Reality for Sports Participants?’, and aims to provide leading sport education information, practices and research to delegates Australia-wide.

More than 100 people are expected to attend the two-day event, which is open to the public.

Inspiring presenters – including USC academics who specialise in sport science, coaching and tourism – will tackle a range of topics including ‘Managing volunteers in sporting clubs’, ‘Social media, sport and the law’, and ‘Performance recovery for young and old athletes’.

USC Clinical Exercise Science student and Paralympic swimming gold medallist Blake Cochrane will address the vexed issue of ‘Athletes as role models’, outlining the expectations he feels to be on his best behaviour both in and out of the pool.

And, in a twist on most conferences, participants will be encouraged to get moving during an afternoon session that offers a selection of physical activities including swimming, golf, touch, pilates, basketball, volleyball, tennis and jogging.

For conference costs and further details, contact Sunshine Coast Sports Federation Executive Officer Graeme Murphy at or on 0423 454 830.

Conference registrations can be made online.

– Terry Walsh

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