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Sport, Recreation and Event Management students awarded at Industry Showcase Event

Wednesday, 09 November 2011


At the annual Industry Practice Showcase Event for Sport, Recreation and Event Management students on Wednesday 2 November, the winners of the 2011 Dr Heather MacGowan (OAM) Professional Practice in Sport, Recreation and Event Management Awards were announced.

The awards are announced annually at the showcase event in honour, recognition and memory of Dr Heather McGowan, who dedicated 27 years to the Australian sport and recreation industry, including an almost ten year association with ECU.

The showcase event itself forms part of assessment for the LSC3112 Industry Practice unit, where students complete a professional placement in industry of a minimum of 100 hours. At the culmination of the placement, students create a poster to present to guests at the event, detailing their experiences over the semester.

Five guest judges from industry attended the event to interview each student, determining their professionalism as well as the quality of their poster. The students also evaluate their peers’ work for the Student Choice Award.

The Dr Heather MacGowan Awards are awarded to two students who demonstrate a high level of excellence in their industry practice experience and an outstanding display of professionalism through their poster and personal presentation.

This year’s recipients were Caitlin O’Connell, Bachelor of Event, Sport and Recreation Management; and Claire Robertson, Bachelor of Tourism Management. They were awarded the honour by Dr Sue Colyer, Honorary Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Business and Law, and veteran of the sport and recreation industry.

Adam Bowler, also from the Bachelor of Event, Sport and Recreation Management course, was recognised for his efforts by his peers, being awarded the Student Choice Award.

Acting Course Coordinator for Event, Sport and Recreation Management, Mr David Russell, congratulated the award winners.

“Caitlin, Claire and Adam displayed outstanding professionalism on the day, as did all our students throughout the duration of the placement,” he said.

“The placement is a great opportunity for students, as they get out into industry and apply the knowledge they have learnt throughout their course. They develop a professional outlook and many come away with job offers.”

More information

For more information on the Awards, and the industry placements, contact Mr David Russell.

Mr David Russell
Acting Course Coordinator, Event, Sport and Recreation Management
Phone: (61 8) 6304 5251


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