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Episode 1 QAS Open Day video transcript

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Damon Kelly:

Good morning and welcome to the very first episode of QAS (Queensland Academy of Sport) Action. I’m your host today, Damon Kelly, and today we’re here at the 2013 QAS Open Day.

Today we’ll be going through and having a look around the QAS headquarters and also chatting to up and coming stars of the future and also to athletes like myself that have been around for a while. Also we’ll be finding out who is the QAS Athlete of the Year, so stay tuned.

Here we are in the QAS Gym, or the Engine Room, as it is most commonly known. This is where all the athletes blood, sweat and tears, turn into muscle, strength and power.

It is easily one of the most popular rooms here and definitely my favourite. As a weightlifter I am here training every day with the bar moving it up and down and it is great to have state-of-the-art facility for us athletes to train in.

Here we are at the commencement of the tour of the Strength and Conditioning component of the Open Day here, athletes have come to talk to the different strength and conditioning staff about the different programs they run and how this gym is used in the programs and the different types of exercises and conditioning that the athletes use.

Damon Kelly:

So here we are with Geoff Trappett former QAS athlete dual Olympian and Olympic gold medallist, so have you been enjoying the QAS Open Day today?

Geoff Trappett:

I certainly have Damon, this is, the place here is just incredible, I was telling you before this place I was on my way out when this place was on its way in. The steps that have been made here are just incredible, the facilities are amazing.

Damon Kelly:

Yeah they certainly are, I’ve been lucky enough to start training here this year and I’ve been enjoying it so far. How was your time at the QAS, how did you find the QAS helped you?

Geoff Trappett:

It was great having that support network around you with the Athlete Career and Education Officers and all the Strength and Conditioning Coaches, the Biomechanics, the whole team that you have around you is fantastic and yeah it’s certainly something that is great to come back and get a glimpse of again.

Damon Kelly:

Yeah it’s been a good Open Day so far, so what have you been up to? Are you still involved in athletics?

Geoff Trappett:

No, since 2004 I’ve retired, I work in the Disability sector now so I’ve gone and got a real job as they say, um which is one of those things which really comes in handy when you’re going through your career is to make sure you’re keeping those links with making sure you’ve got a career path afterwards, and I’m certainly am glad that I had the opportunity to stay with the QAS and the Athlete Career and Education guys help me out so that I’m not in a position where I’m struggling to find work once I’d retired.

Damon Kelly:

Yeah that’s great, well thanks for having a chat to me today and enjoy the rest of the Open Day and thanks for having a chat.

Geoff Trappett:

No probs, thank you.

Damon Kelly:

So here we are in the QAS Lab, this is where our scientists continue to look for new ways to help us improve our performance.

They’re not quite made scientists, but we know their research does great results.
As athletes we’re lucky to have access to their knowledge and their analysis to help us get that winning edge and compete for the gold medal.

Damon Kelly:

Alright so here we are with Bronte and Cate Campbell at the QAS Open Day today, how have you girls been enjoying the day so far

Bronte Campbell:

It’s pretty good, it’s amazing to come and see all the projects everyone has been working on and thinking about how those things can be applied to your sport and your training and there are some pretty smart people in the room!

Damon Kelly:

Here we are with QAS Executive Director Bennett King, how have you been enjoying the Open Day so far?

Bennett King:

Oh look very successful Damon, a lot of people coming through and a lot of potential athletes asking questions, a lot of information to digest so I think all in all it has opened the eyes of a few athletes.

Damon Kelly:

Ashleigh Southern with me today one of the water polo scholarship holders and 2012 Olympian. What is your favourite part of the QAS or how have they helped you the most?

Ashleigh Southern:

I guess like I think they have the best facilities in Australia, we use the Recovery Centre a lot which is great and I think the gym is the best in the country, so…

Damon Kelly:

What’s your favourite part of the QAS program, I guess, what do you enjoy the most about being part of the QAS?

Cate Campbell:

I really enjoy working with all of the sport scientists and biomechanists, you know they really give you a lot of feedback that you wouldn’t get otherwise – a lot of information that allows you to tailor-make your training program, so we’ve found that that’s been very helpful.

Damon Kelly:

We’ve had quite a good success rate with the QAS scholarship programs and sports, something you’re quite proud of?

Bennett King:

Yeah definitely, look our, I suppose Queensland are notorious for punching above it’s weight, but I guess to do that you’ve got to remain creative and innovative and find new things to do and new ways to do things. We haven’t got as many athletes as some of the other states, certainly of some of the other countries, so when we find a good athlete we’ve got to make sure we invest in them and try and get the best out of them that we can.

Damon Kelly:

Yeah, exactly right. We’ve got the awards today, have you got any hot tips as to who is going to win any of the awards this afternoon?

Bennett King:

Oh look I know all the answers, but insider trading is not allowed, you know that.

Damon Kelly:

Oh that’s right, well we’ll let you go then thanks for having a chat to me today and enjoy the awards ceremony.

Bennett King:

No problems Damon.

Damon Kelly:

Who do you think will take out some of the water polo awards?

Ashleigh Southern:

Um probably our captain Bronwen Knox, she’s a great leader, she’s probably one of the best in the world at the moment so I’d say Bronny, but I have no idea who is up so…

Damon Kelly:

So, I guess we’ll wait and see. Thanks for having a chat to me today.

Ashleigh Southern:

No worries, thank you.

Damon Kelly:

We’ve got some awards going on today, so who do you think will I guess get nominated or go well for the swimming part of the QAS awards?

Bronte Campbell:

Well there’s been a lot of good swimming this year, we had a great championships over in Barcelona, um, who’s going to be nominated? You can’t ask me to make predictions, you know us swimmers hate predictions, we never make predictions ever, whoever wins it’ll be a nice surprise.

ENDS.

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Last reviewed
19 August 2016
Last updated
9 December 2013