As part of NAIDOC Week, Victoria University takes the opportunity to recognise the contribution that all Indigenous staff make to the University.
Earlier this year, VU Indigenous staff member, Kym Taylor took out the AFL Sports Ready Trainee of the Year Award.
Kym was among more than 200 Indigenous and non-Indigenous trainees across Victoria who graduated this year, making winning the Trainee of the Year Award a very competitive process.
Kym completed two years as a trainee in the Sport and Health Section, completing a Certificate III and IV in Sport and Recreation at the University.
He was the epitome of a model trainee. After arriving at AFL SportsReady a shy and hesitant young man, it was clear to many that there was a spark in Kym and more to him than first conveyed.
Over the course of Kym's traineeship he began to grow and develop both personally and professionally. His development over the year was extraordinary. After learning to swim he gained the confidence to lead his own Spin Class and become a group exercise/gym instructor. He then became a Boxfit instructor and enjoyed his success in recruiting students into his Military Boot Camp.
Staff at VU are constantly receiving glowing endorsements of Kym's professionalism and positive approach to work. Because of his dedication and hard work he has been successful in securing employment with VU post traineeship which is testament to his ability and commitment to the role.
Kym has become an important asset to the University, and is now working in the Sport and Health Section across many roles including Gym Instruction, Customer Service, Lifeguarding, Group Exercise Instruction and as a Bootcamp Trainer.