Easton Degree Students Work with GB Team Athlete

18 December 2013

Students at the Easton Campus who are studying on the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching had the opportunity to work with a GB team athlete and elite members from the Norwich Canoe Club.

As part of their degree the students utilise the new sports science lab' to carry out physiology testing on sports performers to gain a deeper understanding of exercise physiology whilst helping to track and improve athlete performance. The College managed to secure the services of Iain Dawson an International visually impaired para-triathlete who has previously won the European Championship and two World titles and elite members from the Norwich Canoe Club.

Students were given the task of testing the athletes VO2 maximum which can inform the athlete of their current level of fitness. This information is important especially for Iain as it gives him a starting point for his fitness so he can progress as he works towards competing at the European championships in June 2014.

Jake Pye, one of the students conducting the test said "this is a great experience for me as I am able to use specialist sporting equipment at the college to track a GB standard athlete’s progress and contribute towards their training programme. This knowledge and experience is key as I progress in my career in sports science."

Russell Board Foundation Degree Sports Lecturer said "our students did a great job in completing the physiology testing and this experience will provide them with the skills required for industry. We are very thankful to Iain and the Norwich Canoe Club for coming in and hopefully our students have helped them towards competing in 2014."