Anna-Leeza Hull of 16
Anna-Leeza Hull of 16

Today, Anna-Leesa rides to help her HSC classmates

EXERCISE science students from Richmond River High are today getting see the practical side of their lessons as they sit in on an elite coaching session at Southern Cross University.

Classmate and cyclist Anna-Leeza Hull, 16, has volunteered to be the guinea pig for the session, dubbed the Sports and Exercise Science High Schools Program, running through her training program with NSW junior cycling squad coach Shane Hubert.

Apart from coaching young Anna-Leeza to within an inch of her life, the session is aimed at showing students how the personal development, health and physical education HSC subject applied in the real world and pointing out the opportunities and career paths available to graduates of the university's Bachelor of Exercise Science.

"At high school the students study exercise science in a theoretical way. By bringing them onto the University campus, where we've got the equipment and expertise, they will get the opportunity for experiential learning around the syllabus," said exercise biochemistry lecturer Dr Cathy Avila.

"It's an exciting opportunity to cover relevant material."

The session today is the result of a partnership between the University and the North Coast Academy of Sport, which is based at SCU's Lismore campus.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to experience a practical, real-time sports science testing program," North Coast Aacademy of Sport executive director John Kincade said.

"The University and the Academy collaborate in several community programs and this is another initiative that demonstrates that partnership."

The university says the Sports and Exercise Science High Schools Program will be offered to other Northern Rivers high schools next year.

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