On Wednesday Griffith University’s Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management and the Business School hosted the 7th Schoolgirls’ Breakfast and Career Experience Day at Gold Coast campus led by Caroline Riot. The event was targeted at female students who excel both academically and sportingly and had a huge turnout of well over 150 students. The event was a great celebration of sport, with many different disciplines that make up the sporting landscape represented and there was a great spread of athletes and coaches involved too.
The event kicked off with an official welcome and a panel discussion. This was followed by breakfast, which I might add was terrific – it’s like the school of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management are experts! The students then ran through three workshops including one titled Sports Fusion which the SABEL education team ran. For our session we took over Griffith’s RedZone and filled it with a range of sporting equipment from skipping ropes to basketballs. Hugo and Jono kicked off the session with a brief introduction into what we do as sports engineers, our work at SABEL and finally an introduction into inertial sensors. We then got the girls up and moving, allowing them to use the SABEL sense to capture all different types of movement and showing them the digital signature of their movements. It was a cracking session, with lots of laughs and hopefully the girls who came gained a bit of an understanding into how we work as sports engineers off the field to make improvements to athletes on the field and gained an insight into the world of sports tech and inertial sensors.
Big thanks to masters student Paul Jithu and visiting researcher Karoline Seibert for their help with the event and making the session run so smoothly.