Communications and Commerce student Sean McMahon was plucked from a national pool of talent to work as a Media Assistant to the Australian team, the Uniroos, at the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzen, China, this month.
Sean was awarded a $500 grant by the Vice Chancellor’s Student Development Fund to go towards covering the costs of his trip to China, including flights, team uniform, accommodation, travel insurance, Chinese visa, Games registration and entry fees, ground transport, and meals.
Once there he will act as the eyes and ears of the team, reporting back to the Australian media, universities, sporting clubs and organisations and partner organisations.
He will also be assisting the international media with enquiries to the Australian team. With more than 3000 journalists from 323 media organisations around the world, it is a rare opportunity for the PR student to start working alongside the international press.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience working in an international media centre with over 12,000 athletes and officials from nearly 150 countries,” Sean said.
“Since sport event management is the career track I’d like to go down, the Universiade presents an incredible chance to further that ambition.”
The 2011 Uniroos team is the largest Australia has ever fielded, with 220 athletes, coaches, medical staff and management set to converge on Shenzen. Of that group, around are past Olympians or Commonwealth Games team members.
“I am really looking forward to rubbing shoulders with some of Australia’s greatest athletes,” Sean said.