VicSport exposure for Sport Management

La Trobe University Sport Management students were recently given the opportunity to put the skills learned throughout their degrees into practice at the Victorian Sports Awards presentation night.

Held at the Melbourne Convention Centre, the prestigious event was attended by over 400 individuals from the sport industry who were witness to an array of finalists including World Champions, Olympians and AFL legends.

La Trobe’s ongoing partnership with VicSport provided five students with the opportunity to volunteer their time throughout the evening and gain valuable career relevant experience.

Students assisted in a range of roles, including:

  • Testing the event sequencing to ensure that patrons and video & still cameras had the appropriate vantage points;
  • Providing assistance in setting up the event area;
  • Acting as runners for key event staff to ensure that messages and tasks were completed as instructed and;
  • Welcoming patrons and answering any queries they may have had.

Rio Olympians Kim Brennan (Rowing) and Mack Horton (Swimming) took out the Victorian Female and Male Athlete of the Year respectively while Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge was named the Victorian Coach of the year.

La Trobe also sponsored two awards on the night, the Victorian Sport Administrator of the Year award, won by Neil Dalrymple for his continued work as the CEO of Bowls Australia, while Will Robertshaw took out the Victorian Young Volunteer of the Year for his coaching work in cricket and football.

Meghan Mayman, the General Manager of VicSport, applauded the way in which the students conducted themselves throughout the night and believed such experience was vital in their future success.

“The students are to be commended for their professionalism and enthusiasm at the event”, Meghan said.

“This real world experience provides the students with the ability to see the theory they have learnt in their course be put into practice.”

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