CQUniversity’s new high-tech Exercise and Sport Sciences laboratories were officially opened in Cairns.
The labs will complement CQUni’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences course that is the only degree of its kind in regional Australia where students and researchers are completely embedded within a national, professional sporting team – the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans.
Located at Cairns Basketball Association headquarters, the new space will allow the delivery of training and research alongside elite athletes, coaching and sports administrators, incorporating the latest biomechanics and physiology technologies.
CQUni invested close to $1 million towards the new space.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the opportunities to make Cairns a centre of excellence in Exercise and Sport Sciences were tremendous.
“We’ve found in Cairns that if you’re willing to make a serious investment in a new course and make strong links with industry, then it delivers great results for the community, our students, and CQUniversity itself,” he said.
In addition to benefiting CQUni students, the new facility will also provide a boost to the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans.
CEO Mark Beecroft said players and coaching staff would work alongside leading researchers and academics to assist in driving high-performance results for the club.
“The new facilities are a game-changer for everyone,” Mr Beecroft said.
“Our players and coaches will have access to some of the best sports scientists and researchers in the country, working to drive performance at an elite level as part of the partnership between the Taipans and CQUni.
“CQUni Exercise and Sport Sciences students will receive an education unlike anywhere else in the country by being completely embedded within a professional, national sporting team with access to internships and placements at our club.
“And the community itself will become a hub for Exercise and Sport Science training and research, which every other sporting code in the region will benefit from.”