GippsTAFE students tour high performance A.I.S. centre


Brendan Caffrey and High Performance Coach Ben Geard 

GippsTAFE Diploma students from the Sport and Recreation Program have enjoyed an opportunity to see firsthand the high performance training program conducted by the Australian Institute of Sport during a recent trip to Canberra.

The GippsTAFE students worked towards the trip over the two years of their program, which was a fitting reward at the end of their course. The 2012 group with students already enrolled from Sale, Leongatha, Warragul, Morwell and Traralgon will have a similar opportunity.

Lisa Tullett from Newborough and Brendan Caffrey from Traralgon made the trip with Course Coordinator Scott Douglas and High Performance Coach in Residence Ben Gear.

Inside the AIS

Inside the AIS: Lisa Tullett, Ben Geard and Brendan Caffrey 

The program included VIP access to high performance training sessions with one of the four Australian Senior Head Swim coaches, John Fowley. The session was spent interacting with the coach as he put his charges, including Alicia Couts, James Roberts and Ben Treffers, through their training.

“These sessions were an eye opening experience for the students who had previously heard about these state of the art facilities and were now walking through them,” Mr Douglas said.

The trip also included a reunion for GippsTAFE’s High Performance Coach Ben Geard, who is the Senior Swimming coach along side Brian Ford at the Traralgon swim club. Ben was able to catch up with Jeremy Myers from Sale, who swam under Ben's guidance with the Traralgon swim club. Jeremy has been at the AIS for two years and is quickly making his mark within the national swim team in preparation for the highly anticipated 2012 London Games.

AIS Olympic Training Pool

AIS Olympic Training Pool: Scott Douglas, Ben Geard, John Fowley (AIS Head Swim Coach), Lisa Tullett and Brendan Caffrey

The final visit was to the home of the Canberra Raiders, where the students were treated to a one-on-one discussion with NSW and Australian representative Tom Learoyd-Lahrs. The GippsTAFE group also spent time with the whole Canberra Raiders squad, who were friendly enough to take time out of their training schedule.

AIS Rugby

Supporting Canberra Raiders: Lisa Tullett, Scott Douglas and Brendan Caffrey 

The trip reinforced links with the major sporting bodies and GippsTAFE, so students within the Diploma of Sport program are able to gain genuine access to high performance athletes and program to enhance their own performance and education.

The re-established Diploma of Sport Program is being delivered from the Morwell campus for 2012, with involvement by Industry Experts and Professionals.

“Providing specific delivery stream within the program like Fitness, Remedial Massage, Coaching, Sport and Event Management allows the student to tailor their own educational pathway to suit their own desired employment outcomes at the end of the two year program,” Mr Douglas said. “This ensures the program can be suited to athletes wanting to take the next step with their own careers and also those with broader interests within the sporting industry.

Those interested in joining the course should contact GippsTAFE at Morwell.