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Sport and science come together for 'Science in Parliament'

11 November 2016

Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett with QAS sport scientists Kirstin Morris (L) and Lachlan Johnston (R) speaking with Olympic rower Maddie Edmunds.

Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett with QAS sport scientists Kirstin Morris (L) and Lachlan Johnston (R) speaking with Olympic rower Maddie Edmunds.

(L) QAS sport scientist Georgia Giblin testing out the virtual reality with Jonathan Shepherd and (R) Paralympic gold medallist Chris Bond with Queensland Firebird Abby Latu-Meafou.

(L) QAS sport scientist Georgia Giblin testing out the virtual reality with Jonathan Shepherd and (R) Paralympic gold medallist Chris Bond with Queensland Firebird Abby Latu-Meafou.

On Wednesday 9 November Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) sport scientists and researchers from the Centre of Excellence for Applied Sport Science, converged on the Speakers Green showcasing their technology at the 14th annual Science in Parliament event.

The 2016 event was themed around sport and science with demonstrations by the QAS, Brisbane Heat, Fusion Sport, Swift, Vlad Performance, Australian Sport Technologies Network (ASTN), SABEL Labs, University of the Sunshine Coast, James Cook University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Catholic University.

The event was valuable for guests to see the work currently being done by our sport scientists for athletes at an elite level – where split seconds make the difference between gold and silver.

It was great to have Olympic rower Maddie Edmunds attend to demonstrate the V02 max test on a rowing ergo, with the Queensland Chief Scientist himself Dr Geoff Garrett getting in and giving it a go.

Queensland Firebird recruit Abby Latu-Meafou gave out some great tips to keen school students using the netball shot tracker, while also putting on a bit of a shooting clinic.

Plenty of guests were intrigued by the virtual reality simulator provided by Jonathan Shepherd and Lewis Carter (GU). It was interesting to see participants avoiding the natural urge to lean into the corners on a stationary bike while ‘riding around’ a virtual velodrome track.

There were plenty more exhibits which caught the attention of everyone who attended, even some of the Parliamentary Members got involved.

There was also an opportunity for Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt alongside Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Leanne Enoch to announce the Advance Queensland Sport Science Challenge which will provide three awards of up to $100,000 each for sport-related innovations and technologies.

The event also included a panel discussion including former QAS Board member Brendan Burkett, current Board member Bronwyn Thompson, Olympian Melanie Wright (nee Schlanger), Professor Doune McDonald, Pat Howard (Cricket Australia) and Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby.

Each of the panel spoke about a significant milestone in their career whether it be a highlight or a time of hardship, that in some way demonstrated how science either intervened, created motivation and drive or aided in recovery. It was a fascinating discussion wrapped up by QAS Executive Director Bennett King.

Feedback from QAS staff who participated in the event was very positive, seeing it as a great platform to show their technology and expertise to a new forum.

To check out some photos from the day, head over to the QAS Facebook page.

If you are interested, applications for the Advance Queensland Sport Science Challenge will close on 20 February 2017.

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11 November 2016