Murdoch students rising to the Challenge June 28, 2012 Murdoch University students are pitching in to help swimmers and tri-athletes at Challenge Stadium compete at their highest levels. For third-year Exercise Physiology student Steve Scarfe, working with the Stadium Triathlon Club (STC) is good experience and an extension of his hobby. Between December 2011 and May 2012, Mr Scarfe participated in eight triathlons, with more planned later in the year. “STC is one of the best clubs in Perth. When I needed practicum hours for my degree, I approached head coach Rob Suriano and told him I wanted to contribute,” he said. “I’m doing a lot of coaching, which involves writing swimming and running programs and making sure people understand what they need to do to improve. It’s great experience.” Dr Suriano is enthusiastic. “Although Steve had been participating in triathlons for a number of years, his work at STC has seen him view the sport from another angle,” he said. “He’s assisting a range of athletes, from those attempting a triathlon for the first time to those preparing for the gruelling Ironman triathlons, so he’s getting great insight.” Fellow Exercise and Physiology student Jacqui Brooks is putting her skills to the test with a range of athletes at the Challenge Stadium gym. “My dream is to work with athletes, but it’s a highly competitive field, so this is a good way to make contacts and get hands-on training,” she said. Ms Brooks is mainly doing strength and conditioning with swimmers, several of whom have competed in the Olympic trials. “I’ve been working on evaluating athletes to see if they have any weaknesses. If they do, we tailor training to their specific needs. A lot of what I’ve done is looking at ways to simulate swimming motions to improve techniques by improving posture and by isolating muscles.” Among those who have benefited from Ms Brooks’ help is Kat Downie from the West Coast Swim Club, who is in the mix for the 2012 London Paralympics team. “The work I’ve done with Kat is a strength program mixed with plyometric exercises in order to improve explosive power as well as the speed of muscle activation. Kat makes the most of her time in gym and is very dedicated. With any luck we’ll see her on the podium this summer.” Print This Post Media contact: Rob Payne Tel: (08) 9360-2491 | Mobile: | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Future Students, Domestic students Tags: School of Chiropractic and Sports Science, challenge stadium, exercise physiology, jacqui brooks, kat downie, london paralympics, plyometric, rob suriano, stadium triathlon club, steve scarf, swimming, west coast swim club Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!