ON STAGE: Performing the Dancing Man from Byron Bay was Tommy Frankland at Southern Cross University on Friday.
ON STAGE: Performing the Dancing Man from Byron Bay was Tommy Frankland at Southern Cross University on Friday. Doug Eaton

High school students given taste of uni life

RICHMOND River High School students got close enough to see the sweat beading off the forehead of an up-and-coming athlete at Southern Cross University last week.

The students, who were at the university to tour the Health and Human Sciences facilities, saw their peer, avid junior cyclist Anna-Leeza Hull, participate in a lactate testing program.

The students, who are about to begin their HSC course work, attended the day to see what they would be studying over the next year in practice and the avenues they could pursue in a health or sports science-related career after school.

One of the students who attended the day Jemma Restall said the field trip to the university showed her the way sports analysis can work in practice.

"It's been great to get a better understanding of what we've been doing in class and it's good to see what you can do at the university because I'm thinking of studying sports science or physiotherapy," Miss Restall said.

Lecturer in biochemistry at Southern Cross University Dr Cathy Avila was pleased to hear responses like the one from Miss Restall.

She said the program was designed to allow the students to participate in "experimental learning" around their HSC syllabus.

"A sports and exercise science degree goes to the heart of Australian psyche because we're all interested in sport," Dr Avila said.

Executive director of the North Coast Academy of Sport John Kincade said the students were also able to see various elements of scientific sports testing including motion analysis technology.

"There is only so much that you can learn in a book," Mr Kincade said.



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