Yesterday we found ourselves at Queensland’s Parliament House for the annual Science in Parliament event. This year the focus was on Science in Sport and together with our colleagues from the Queensland Academy of Sport we were invited by the Chief Scientist to assemble exhibits through representatives from Universities and Sports Technology businesses. The day was hosted by the Sports minister and Exec director of the QAS Bennett King with a few hundred in attendance…I even spotted my
local state member (hello the honorable Joe Kelly).
Many thanks to Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology (conveniently just next door), Australian Catholic University, University of the Sunshine Coast, James Cook University and even Charles Darwin University (yes they have students across Queensland) for many excellent displays.
It was also nice to see our sports technology buddies from organisations like Vald performance, Fusion, Swift, Brisbane Heat and industry body the Australian Sports Technologies Network show us their latest offerings. The QAS were out in force with lots of really interactive sports activity displays (some of them manned by SABELers in disguise). It was a great opportunity to gather on speakers green to catchup with those in the community we haven’t seen for a while. Chief Scientist Geoff Garret led an interesting panel session on the role of Science in Sport and we were delighted when the sports minister announced ‘the sport science challenge’ funding scheme through the Advance Queensland programme. If you checkout the QAS facebook page you can see the chief scientist getting his VO2max checked on a rowing ergo too, pictured below shows another professional in action