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Victoria University links arms with country's peak sporting bodies

Victoria University today announced a strategic partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Sports Commission.

An important part of the long-term partnership is the establishment of jointly funded research positions such as the appointment of Professor Damian Farrow, funded by the AIS and VU.

The appointment of Senior Research Fellow Dr Camilla Brockett, a joint position between the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) and the ASC, is related to international research into sport policy factors that lead to elite sporting success.

To further mark the occasion of formally signing the agreement, ISEAL and the ASC announced a jointly funded PhD scholarship at a signing ceremony at the University's Footscray Park Campus this morning. The scholarship will be for research on how sport can best deliver social benefits to the community.

 "Joint appointments and scholarships are good examples of increased collaboration between our organisations to bring together the best of academia and the sport industry at large," said ISEAL Director Professor Hans Westerbeek.

"At VU through ISEAL we now have in place world-class facilities for the study of high performance sport, with other strong education and research programs in exercise science, active living and sport management. Our partnership with the ASC and AIS means we can each extend our reach into a broader range of activities that will help bring greater participation in and enjoyment of sport and recreation to all Australians."

Phil Borgeaud, Acting Director of the AIS, said the partnership would cement and extend the work already being conducted by the two organisations.

"We already have a number of joint projects up and running, and through this valuable partnership we look forward to a future of increased research collaboration and exchange, for the benefit of Australian sport and the broader community," Mr Borgeaud said.

 Collaborative research projects include:

  • Causes of fatigue in cycling
  • How nutritional supplements can enhance athletic performance
  • How "interactive" fabrics worn as sleeves or leggings can improve kicking or goal shooting in a variety of sports (with CSIRO)
  • Which pathways to elite sport best serve the needs of elite athletes

The AIS and VU are also working on a research and education proposal with the Brazilian Olympic Committee, hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Professor Hans Westerbeek is available for comment: 0408 133 756

VU Media inquiries: Jim Buckell, External Communications Manager,

Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University

Ph: (03) 9919 4243; mobile: 0400 465 459; email: [email protected]


AIS Media inquiries: Cassy Jewell (02) 6214 1054

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