TOP AWARD FOR CAREER CHANGER

Fitness Instructor Euthimia Spiridonidis is showing the power and possibilities of a career change by being honoured as Central Institute of Technology’s 2015 Student of the Year last night.

Euthimia (Meah), from Karrinyup, was presented with the title at Central’s annual award gala at the Empyrean in Northbridge.

The newly qualified fitness instructor began her working life as a change management and training consultant in the corporate world.

“After working in consulting it was clear that the type of work and environment was not suited to what I wanted to do and how I wanted to live my life. Health and fitness has always been an important area to me and realising that I could potentially build a career in the industry really inspired me to take on the challenge,” said Meah.

Euthimia in the gym she manages
Meah in the gym she manages

Her passion for the fitness industry comes down to her view that today’s society has lost the essential elements of what it is to be fit and healthy.

“We live in a world where we are predominantly sedentary; our lives are served up to us on screens and being active has been lost. The effect of this on individuals and their wellbeing is not only physically huge, but mentally is enormous and extends far beyond the individual,” explained Meah.

As part of her training, Meah was involved in a physical activity program with the Disability Services Commission and would like to do the same with similar initiatives.

“Volunteering my time to help in aged care and disability programs from a fitness perspective I believe would be very rewarding,” said Meah.

She is currently working at Central’s Vibe Gym where she applies her skills and knowledge gained from her studies.

“Long-term, I would like to have my own business offering health and wellness services, not only in regards to fitness but also nutrition and massage in order to provide a holistic service for the mind, body and soul of my clients.”

Olympic Effort

Monday 20th to Friday 24th of October was a normal week for most of us, but for others it was the culmination of months, even years, of hard work and training.

The Special Olympics provides year round sports training and competition to children and adults with an intellectual disability in a variety of Olympic-type events. It gives the opportunity to develop fitness and build relationships with teammates, friends, family and community, as well as overcome personal challenges.

Like the Olympic games, the national and international competitions of the Special Olympics only happen every four years, with athletes preparing often years in advance.

The 2014 Special Olympics National Games were held in Melbourne and featured a number of Central students competing as part of Team WA. These were:

Eric Wyatt – Basketball

Lynett Kinrade – Soccer

Bradley turner – Softball

Scott Bell – Ten Pin Bowling

Matias Silva – Basketball

Geoffrey Holloway – Aquatics

Peter Furnell – Aquatics

Brendon Masters – Soccer

The National Special Olympic Games not only gives intellectually disabled people the opportunity to compete with interstate rivals, but also the chance to compete in the Pan Pacific Games and the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles next year.

Team WA competed in a range of sports including, Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Soccer, Softball and Tennis.

The athletes arrived home to a warm welcome on the Saturday. While a few of the athletes were sporting medals round their necks; all of the participants were greeted at the airport with a proud, crowded fanfare of parents and friends celebrating their return.

Masterful Performance

Central Sport students were privileged to hear a talk this month from arguably one of Australia’s greatest coaches – Ric Charlesworth.  Ric hasn’t just reached the top of the sporting world.  A snapshot of his resume includes:

  • WA cricketer, opening batsman, Sheffield Shield winner
  • Trained and worked as a General Practioner
  • Silver Medalist Men’s Hockey 1976 Olympics
  • Decade in Federal Parliament as Federal Member for Perth
  • Coach of women’s national hockey team the Hockeyroos for 7 years (winning two Olympic gold medals)
  • Coach of men’s national hockey team, the Kookaburras for 5 years (winning the 2014 World Cup).
  • High Performance Coach for New Zealand cricket team
  • Father of five

Ric was in Leederville as part of a series of talks from sporting leaders aimed at guiding and inspiring our sport students.  His presentation focused on the skills of coaching and the development of high performance.

He began by talking about the importance of ambition.  “If you want to be successful, I don’t care what it is, you better have high ambition,” he said.

Ric quoted the first book he came across that introduced the concept of ‘sports psychology’ – Maxwell Maltz’s Psycho-Cybernetics.  Written in 1960, the author introduced the idea that life changes according to the image we hold of ourselves.  “In our lives we are like guided missiles, we usually end up where we aim,” Ric reiterated.

The presentation then moved to a discussion on the parallels between business and sport.

“International sport at the highest level is extremely competitive and it is very hard to remain at the top for an extended period,” said Ric.

“In addition, in the sporting world unless you win the premiership, or the gold medal, or the final you are not seen as being successful. There is that edge to sport that makes it a very competitive environment.

“Business thinks it is competitive.  Yes, you can grow your business and you can make a profit and you can consider it to be successful, but one major difference between the two is that high level sporting achievement involves constant TRAINING. Athletes spend more time training than they do actually playing,” he said.

Ric believes the business world would be quite different if every situation and every transaction was seen as a training/coaching opportunity in the same way as high level sport.

The presentation moved on to a breakdown of the ingredients required to be an effective coach.  In his opinion, these are simply:

  • Be yourself
  • Know what you want and stand up for it
  • Assume leadership-which is about knowing where you want to go and getting people to follow you
  • Insist on quality in everything
  • Make it fun and interesting (most important part)
  • Listen to other people, be open to opinion
  • Trust your judgment
  • Be a learner
  • Take responsibility

Ric outlined that in terms of performance, moments of inspiration are nothing compared to the elimination of error.  In other words, it is repeatability that matters, being able to perform at the critical moment, making the throw or shot every time.  If your team is going to perform under pressure, this consistent delivery is essential.

 

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In Ric’s experience, successful sports people all have one thing in common – they don’t know how good they can be.

“It is up to a coach to lift them up and give them the ambition to work hard and be as good as they can be,” he said.

“Coaches don’t change anybody.”

Ric went on to describe the qualities top teams have in common, which are:

  • Smart– they use technology and innovation e.g. GPS, video to their advantage. Win or lose, they measure results and track progress to improve weaknesses and consolidate strengths
  • Healthy– for Ric the most important part of all is a healthy organisational culture that allows for open honest conversations and criticisms in order to constantly improve. This involves clear values, a prescribed style of interaction, honesty and openness.
  • Diligent– a strong work ethic and attention to detail, making sure everything is covered
  • Skilled– technical ability gained through practice and challenging themselves, the 10,000 hours of practice doctrine.

To prepare for the high stakes of World Cup or Olympic finals, Ric would create challenging training situations.  He would suddenly change the rules, make the goals smaller, let one side have more players, or perhaps deliberately make a bad call.

Such moves were designed to make training more difficult than the actual game and create resilience within the group. In Ric’s view, the more you have thrown at you in training, the more prepared you are to tackle anything that may occur on the big day.

In closing, when asked how he would like his coaching to be remembered, Ric responded with simply – “That guy, he really pushed us”.  For Ric, taking athletes beyond what they thought they were capable of is what being a good coach is all about.

 

Information on Central’s Sports qualifications

 

 

Central graduates make their mark at WAFL Final

For the first time in Australian football history, two females will officiate the WAFL grand final.

Central graduates Lauren French and Sally Boud will take to the field as goal umpires for the deciding game of WA football this Sunday.

The pair grew up together and got into umpiring through the encouragement of their high school Maths teacher Warren Beckwith as 15 year olds. Since then the pair has steadily been climbing the umpiring ranks.

Lauren and Sally’s success hasn’t come easily and both have had to make sacrifices to make it to where they are now, as they juggled their umpiring commitments with work and study.

“It’s been tough, we’ve both had to organise our work and study as priorities and make sacrifices, especially with our social lives, said Sally.

Traditionally, AFL umpiring is a field dominated by men. Lauren and Sally have had to work hard to make it to where they are now, but they don’t see it as a disadvantage.

“It’s really exciting and humbling to have the opportunity to perform at the highest level and a great reward for all the effort we have put in. Lauren and I started umpiring together, so it’s fitting that we both take this opportunity together”, said Sally.

Photo by Liam Ducey

Read the full story at WA today

Sport students train with Soccer legend

Central’s soccer students from the Athlete Development Centre at Leederville were treated to a unique ‘training and talk’ session from one of the world’s greatest female soccer strikers.

Carolina Morace, now an established coach with a pedigree to match her former playing days, was invited to Leederville to coach Certificate IV and Diploma in Sport Development students.

Carolina scored 105 goals for the Italian national team in 153 appearances, a phenomenal strike rate. She was the top scorer in the female Serie A league for eleven consecutive seasons during the 1990s.  She also achieved notoriety for being the first ever woman to coach a professional men’s football team, Viterbese.

She also somehow found time to obtain a law degree and do punditry on Italian TV!

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Carolina was brought to Central by lecturer Claire Middleton as part of a season of talks from individuals who have made it to the top echelons of the sport industry.  Previous speakers have included Kate Starre, a double Olympic gold medallist in hockey, Dana Pimley, Head Sports Trainer with the Fremantle Dockers and Bob Welch a risk management expert who has overseen numerous high profile sporting events.

Carolina’s visit was an amazing opportunity for the students who got to ask questions about her life in the game and journey since completing her UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching accreditation available in the game.

Carolina talked about numerous topics including the criteria behind the selection of players and subsequently striving to bring the best out of them.

“With players you are looking at four elements – technical ability, tactical ability, physical ability and personality.  We work with, and look for improvements in, all four of these elements,” she said.

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Information on Central’s Sport training

*For more information on Carolina’s Perth-based soccer coaching academy, visit www.femalefootballacademy.com.au/

 

 

 

 

Train for a reason

You don’t win HBF’s annual Run for a Reason without having a high level of fitness.  This year’s winner Brandon Hargreaves is no different.  But what is different about Brandon, is that Central helped get him across the line. Brandon completed his Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness with Central in 2013. Clearly this dual qualification combo isn’t bad for those looking to enter the fitness industry who want to hit the ground running.

Congratulations Brandon on a great achievement.

View Central’s Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness

Eagles helping students soar

Central is proud to have partnered with The West Coast Eagles and the West Australian Football Commission to develop training that gives students the chance to blend their academic study with their love of AFL.

Students are released from their studies twice a week to enable them to improve their footy knowledge and skills. The course is based at Central’s Leederville campus.

One of those making the most of the opportunity is Rhys Holdman who is studying for his Diploma of Sport Development and part of his course involves gaining coaching and work experience with the Eagles and the Subiaco Lions.

“I am pretty lucky to be playing football and gaining a qualification at the same time. It beats sitting in the classroom all day,” said Rhys, from Esperance.

“We have been able to work with people who are currently involved with footy at the highest level. I have enjoyed being outdoors and having the opportunity to further develop my skills and knowledge of the game”.

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At their guest training sessions, the Eagles players and support staff deliver specialised coaching, cover the marketing and running of events, coaching in the community and sports science sessions utilising GPS.

West Coast Eagles schools & community program co-ordinator Kim Hannah, said the partnership was helping all parties. “This is a great opportunity for students to take their passion for sport to another level and gain a recognised qualification,” he said.

As well as spending time on football, male and female students also study subjects including sports science, strength and conditioning, event management and psychology.