The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has awarded Bond University Bachelor of Sports Science student Lachlan Mitchell a prestigious traineeship in the Physiology Discipline as part of the Australian Students Occupational Training Program.
The annual AIS traineeship attracts applications from hundreds of sports science students across Australia; Lachlan said that without the support of Bond University he may not have achieved such great success.
“Bond has given me a wonderful opportunity to gain the knowledge necessary to obtain this traineeship, and it is due to the great education I have received at the University that I’ve been granted this opportunity,” he said.
Lachlan said that this traineeship is a dream come true after spending many childhood years visiting the AIS.
“Each year when I visited the AIS as a competitive swimmer – I was captivated. It became more apparent that I wanted to be a part of what they were doing and that I wanted to study sports science,” he said.
Lachlan said finding a university program that covered his specific interests was difficult, but Bond’s Bachelor of Sports Science focused on elite athletes rather than clinical populations and was exactly what he was looking for.
“I have learned so much about sports science while studying at Bond, and now I am looking forward to developing my skills as a Sports Scientist while working with the driven athletes, coaches, and support staff at one of the best sporting institutes in the world,” he said.
The traineeship will place Lachlan at the AIS for a year, starting January, 2011. His first two months will be spent learning the necessary field skills, and for the remainder of the year he will work with a physiologist on various projects and tasks in two-month rotations.
Since his goal to become part of the Institute, “has come about a little quicker than expected,” Lachlan said, “now the goal is to obtain a full-time position leading a research team at the AIS.”
To find out more about the Bond University Sports Science program come along to our annual Open Day on this Sunday, August 23 from 10am-3pm. All are welcome to attend, for more information, phone 1800 074 074 or visit bond.edu.au.