JCU Sport and Exercise Science staff and students visit the Solomon Islands

@JCU JCU Sport and Exercise Science staff and students visit the Solomon Islands

Solomon Island Trip 2016

In early December 2016, staff and students from JCU’s Sport and Exercise Science discipline visited the remote island of Malaita in the Solomon Islands.

As a key initiative to enhance practicum opportunities of future graduates, 11 students (2nd to 4th years from Townsville and Cairns campuses) and three staff undertook a two-week visit to the remote villages of Canaan and Ambitona.

Students conducted physical, exercise and sporting activities and engaged in language lessons with the local people.

Through day-to-day engagement, students were able to develop further their sport and exercise science knowledge and skills.

The trip was funded by the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan, who have pledged to continue to support this initiative in 2017 and 2018.

Greater numbers of students will be able to undertake the unique experience and contribute to their professional and cultural development at JCU.

Associate Professor Leicht said that “this opportunity has and will continue to provide JCU students with a novel learning opportunity that is rare amongst sport and exercise science professionals in Australia".