Wesley Clarke is the kind of guy that doesn’t let anything get in his way. When he wants something, he works hard for it. Today, Wes works at Melbourne Victory Football Club as a Sport Scientist. But his journey into that position wasn’t as linear as you may think.
“I finished my VCE aiming to go on and do a degree in teaching PE. But I didn’t get the ATAR I was hoping for. To tell you the truth, I just enjoyed the last year of school with my mates.”
Coming from Wodonga, a country town on the border of Victoria and NSW, it wasn’t easy for Wes to go to uni. He had to work hard just to move to Melbourne.
“I worked for a few years as a labourer to save money so I could move to Melbourne. There’s obviously a big difference between working as a labourer to where I am today. But it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, you’ve just got to work hard and hope it all pays off.
“Once I moved to Melbourne, I got personal training qualifications and worked in the field for a year. That’s how I got interested in sport science. I wanted to learn more about how humans move. So, I applied for a Bachelor of Sport Science at VU. I think they saw that I was obviously interested in physical activity, given my time as a PT.”
Although Wes found himself without the ATAR he needed, living half a day’s drive from Melbourne, he didn’t stop working towards what he wanted. Hard work is in Wes’s nature.
“I knew I had to make the most of my time at VU and learn as much as possible. In my second year, I applied for a sport science cadetship, which I was lucky enough to get. I’m in the position I am today because of that hard work, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”