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New sports degree opens up new opportunities for Coffs community


Sharlene King
3 July 2015

A new degree in Sport and Exercise Science will be offered at Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour campus from next year, providing new opportunities for the community in a field where there is strong demand.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science was launched at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort's Elite Training Centre today (July 3). David Trodden, chief executive officer of NSW Rugby League, was the guest speaker.

Under David Trodden’s leadership, NSW won the State of Origin series last year for the first time in eight years. David was named NSW Sports Administrator of the Year for 2014, while NSW Blues sports scientist Dr Craig Duncan was named the Exercise and Sport Science Australia’s (ESSA) 2014 Sport Scientist of Year.

“The contribution of our sports scientists was critical to our victory in the 2014 State of Origin series,” Mr Trodden said.

“Elite sports can no longer hope to have sustained success without high quality exercise and sports science advice. I commend Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour campus for offering a new degree in Sport and Exercise Science next year. Adding to the knowledge base in this area can only be to the benefit of everyone who is involved in sport.”

Professor David Lynch, head of the Coffs Harbour campus, said the launch of this degree was an exciting development for the campus and the community.

“We have strong links with the Coffs Harbour City Council, which has a strategic focus on developing the sports sector locally. We believe this new degree is a perfect fit for the city, and will provide new education opportunities for students without having to leave home,” Professor Lynch said.

Professor Iain Graham, head of the School of Health and Human Sciences, said he was pleased to expand the range of study options available on the mid north coast.

“Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise Science degree are health and fitness professionals who specialise in providing exercise-based services across a variety of settings, including sports coaching, sport development, health promotion and occupational rehabilitation. The degree can also provide a pathway to postgraduate study in fields such physiotherapy and occupational therapy.”

Professor Lynch said Coffs Harbour, through the Coffs Harbour City Council, was attracting national and international sports events and was developing a reputation as a centre for sports excellence.

“The facility at Novotel Pacific Bay, which is currently home to the NSW Blues Rugby League side, is a great example. Through our degree we aim to provide the sports professionals to support the development of this important industry,” he said.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, which is currently offered at the Lismore and Gold Coast campuses, is a three-year degree. Visit the Future Students website for full information about the course and how to apply.

Photo: Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker (left) with NSW Rugby League CEO David Trodden and Professor David Lynch, head of SCU's Coffs Harbour campus.