The concept of the La Trobe Sport High Performance Seminar Series was originally conceived as a way of engaging La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP) members with a suite of personal development opportunities while they faced a lengthy stint on the sidelines due to COVID-19.
Featuring online webinar presentations from leading researchers and lecturers from La Trobe’s Sport & Exercise Science and Sport Dietetics & Human Nutrition departments, the La Trobe Sport High Performance Seminar Series has so far focused on elite athlete tailored-topics including ‘Sleep and Recovery,’ ‘Nutrition in Isolation’, ‘Female Athletes and Elite Performance’ and ‘Being a coachable athlete’.
La Trobe Sport Representative Sport and Elite Athlete Officer, Pippa Temperley, who was one of the key drivers behind the initiative, said she recognised the potential external interest in the seminars from the wider university and sport industry network once registrations opened.
“We realised there was an opportunity to extend the invitation out to the wider sporting industry; La Trobe University is well known for its practical applications of research and sport is no different,” Temperley said.
“Upon reflection, there aren’t many free seminars that are targeted at elite sports people, and we are lucky that we have such a broad range of sport experts on campus and we really just reached out to them to see if they were interested.”
The feedback from the mix of elite athletes, coaches and sport administrators attending the High Performance Series Seminars has been positive, with an average of 60 attendees to each of the four seminars so far.
“The ability our researchers have to make their research consumable and pull out the practical components has been very well received,” Temperley said.
“There really is something for every athlete – you will get some of the practical applications of research, as well as tips and tricks for leaders in the sports industry.
“The feedback has been great with most attendees coming back to register for more seminars.”
The final two High Performance Series Seminars will take place on Tuesday 21 July (‘Mental Health In/Post Isolation’ with Mary Spillane from the AIS) and Thursday 23 July (‘Personal Branding & Opportunities’ with Alex Saundry from More Than Management). If you would like to attend the seminars, please register your interest via Eventbrite.
For more information on the La Trobe Sport High Performance Series Seminars, contact La Trobe Sport via firstname.lastname@example.org.