Regional High Performance Experience | Ballarat
Thursday, 07 November 2019
On Wednesday 6 November over sixty local students and athletes gathered at the brand new Sport Science facility at Federation University in Ballarat. The students were inspired, tested and educated on what it is like to be an elite athlete, and the event was executed in collaboration with the WestVic Academy of Sport.
The day kicked off with a presentation from Victorian Institute of Sport athlete Milly Tapper, where she inspired students with her journey from regional Victoria to the world stage, inserting herself into history as the first Australian to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Not to be forgotten on Milly’s long list of accolades is the Gold Medal win at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the TT6-10 event. She has now set her sights on Tokyo next year and has secured spot for the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Milly’s key message for the day included the attributes of persistence and accountability in sport and life.
“If you are willing to have high performance skills not only in sport but also in life, you will achieve what you want”
Local students from Ballarat in Year 7-10 from both government and non-government schools participated in the unique high performance experience. Also participating in the day were regional athletes, identified through the Regional Academy of Sport network and identified as potential future VIS scholarship holders.
Following the keynote presentation athletes and students undertook four practical sessions including; a strength and conditioning gym session and talent ID testing with VIS Strength and Conditioning Coaches, a nutrition workshop with a VIS Sport Dietitian and a Pilates session with a VIS Therapist.
The experience helped to further develop the strong contribution regional areas already make to the state's sporting success, they will also encourage regional schools, clubs and service providers to develop better programs that promote healthy lifestyle choices.
The VIS and Regional High Performance Experiences are part of the VIS’ valuable partnerships with the Regional Academies of Sport, and would not be possible without the support of the Victorian Government, who provided a $200,000 funding boost in 2017 for VIS community initiatives to help give talented regional athletes more opportunities to experience VIS facilities and expertise.