With many exercise science graduates going on to exciting careers working with sporting superstars both here and abroad, we thought we’d showcase some of them. Let’s meet five MVPs of exercise science.
After completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science at ACU, Lachlan worked in various roles in the AFL before landing his dream job at Greater Western Sydney Giants.
'What I really enjoy at the Giants is predominantly working with the different styles of athletes. No one’s ever the same, and the passion comes from trying to find that one percent in each of the players.'
His advice to anyone considering a career in exercise science?
“Say no to nothing. Make sure you have an open mind, trial everything and get experience across the board. The key to knowing you’ve hit what you love doing is you never have Mondayitis”
Meg Lanning – Exercise science student and Australian cricket captain
If scoring 10 centuries in 57 games, and being the most dominant female ODI batter of all time doesn’t make you an MVP, then nothing will.
Meg started playing cricket in the backyard when she was 10, and then at school before joining her local club. She made her domestic debut for Victoria in 2008 at the age of 16 and quickly settled into the top order.
In December 2012 at the age of 20 she broke the record for the fastest 50 and fastest 100 in a One Day International by an Australian female cricketer.
"Cricket is a big part of my life and it has opened up a lot of doors for me, but it's important to have a career outside cricket,” said Meg. “I plan to continue working in sport when I retire from cricket and my degree will help keep that career path on track."
Greta Conlan – NRL sports scientist Wests Tigers RLFC
"What excites me most about working in basketball is not the high profile names but the amazing level of athleticism some of the guys display. I just enjoy working with athletes and finding ways to support them and help them to perform at their best."
Jodie Cross – Head of Commercial & Community Relations NSW Rugby League
An expert in community engagement programs in sport, Jodie studied a Bachelor of Excercise Science, Sports Management. After graduating from ACU, Jodie worked for many of the top rugby league clubs in various roles before joining the code’s governing body in Sydney.
At the NRL Jodie managed delivery of the ‘Learning with League Center’ the only purpose-built classroom housed in the headquarters of a national sporting code.
She is the director of their ‘Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well’ primary school program as well as the ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’ high school module which was presented to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales during his recent visit to Australia.