Westfields Sports High School
Westfields is one of the leading Sports High Schools in Australia, fostering young talent to realise their sporting potential whilst also completing their schooling. Westfields alumni includes the likes of Michael Clarke, Jarred Hayne, Ellie Carpenter and Dani Samuels (Dani is also Western Sydney University alumnus). The Western Sydney University Sports Science team are working on a number of projects with Westfields including the implementation of a co-funded PhD and Masters scholarship.
Samuel Halley was the recipient of the PhD scholarship and moved from Perth to take up the opportunity. Samuel says that being able to work in an environment with talented young athletes from a school with a nation wide reputation as well as being supervised by Associate Professor Jason Siegler and Dr Ric Lovell was too good an opportunity to miss. Samuel says that a scholarship such as this one, opens up opportunities for his career as he is able to demonstrate applied research skills in a real environment.
Zac French was the recipient of the Masters Scholarship, which he has gone straight into post completing his Undergraduate & Honours in Sport & Exercise Science at Western Sydney University. Zac believes that completing his Masters at Westfields is a unique way of ensuring his study is being applied in a practical environment. He enjoys being able to contribute and interact with the young athletes to help improve their performance.
Associate Professor Jason Siegler feels that a link between a sports High School and a University makes perfect sense. The benefits are obvious to both parties with the opportunity for Sports Science students to test out their classroom knowledge with young talented athletes and Westfields being able to access the latest theory and practices in sports science, complementing their current programs.
Head of Physical Performance at Westfields Tony Wignell, currently looks after 15 sports (900+ athletes) and is a Westfields Alumnus himself. He believes that the research undertaken through the partnership further aids current Westfields programs and is continually making a positive impact to performance.
The University and Westfields along with Football NSW have also partnered on a NSW Work Cover Grant which looks specifically at Injury Prevention Programs, some of the testing for this project was carried out with soccer players from Westfields.
The University and Westfields look forward to continuing these projects and further expanding the partnership.