Students explore applied science futures at CPIT workshop

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08 May 2013

Being an All Black or a Silver Fern may seem like a glamorous, high-profile job, but last week 20 high school students found out that the life of an elite athlete is also a lot of hard work. They were challenged to improve their performance during a new three day Applied Science Workshop at CPIT, covering everything from nutrition to sports psychology.

“We want students to understand what it’s like to step up from being a club-grade athlete to an elite athlete and expose them to what we do here at CPIT. It’s the first time we've done a holiday programme like this and the feedback so far has been great,” Jerry Shearman, Applied Science Head of Department says.

Students examined how performance could be improved using a comprehensive approach which combined sports nutrition, bio-mechanics, mental skills training and strength and conditioning.

applied science workshop participants

High school students put each other to the test in The Zone as part of a three day sports science workshop.

They then applied this knowledge through practical challenges in CPIT’s specialist sports testing facility ‘The Zone’. Agility testing and making energy bars at the School of Food and Hospitality proved particularly popular with the students. They were also treated to a presentation by Jason Tiatia who coaches New Zealand Rugby Sevens and teaches CPIT’s Māori and Pasfika based TOA Sports programme.

Many of the students on the workshop plan to make their careers in the sports performance industry and the programme aimed to give them a well-rounded, real-world insight.

“This programme has been very helpful... It shows you everything you need to learn. I want to make my career helping people train,” student Roman Boiten says.

Plans are in place to run a similar programme every school holidays to give high school students an insight into their future careers and showcase what CPIT has to offer. A wide range of courses are available including the Certificate in Fitness, TOA Sports, and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sport and Exercise, Physical Activity and Health and Wellness, and Nutrition.