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Torres Strait students fit for work in community recreation

10 September 2014

A group of Torres Strait and Cape York students studying for their dual Certificate III in Fitness and Community Sports and Recreation at TAFE Queensland North are just about ready to return to their communities equipped with a range of new fitness activities and programs.

The students live on Darnley, Thursday, Murray and Warraber Islands with most being employed or doing volunteer work as Sports and Recreation Officers in their communities.

TAFE Queensland North Campus Sports and Fitness trainer Jason Atkins said the students had learnt new community recreation development programs in the course and were keen to make a difference to the health and fitness of people in their communities.

"The students who are already employed on their islands as Sports and Recreation Officers are seeing distinctive health and fitness changes in their clients," Mr Atkins said.

"Our students have a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology and nutrition and willingly share their teachings with anyone who wants to make improvements to their lifestyles.

"We believe it is important that Sports and Recreation Officers are employed on the islands throughout the Torres Strait simply because the work they do is vital and needed if positive changes are going to be made to the health and fitness of island communities."

Student Paula Ludwick from Napranum said what she had learnt from the course would be hugely beneficial in her job as a Sports and Recreation Officer under the PCYC Indigenous Community Sports and Recreation Program.

"We visit communities and at any time after school I could have 20 or 30 kids from all ages participating in healthy activities," Ms Ludwick

"The new programs I have learnt I'll use to structure a range of exercise routines for the kids.

"I will be especially targeting disengaged kids who have fallen away from schooling and hopefully direct them back on to their learning journey. Seeing a child benefit from our after school programs are always positive and we know the training we deliver is making a difference to young lives."