Masters of Dietetics students work with Dockers
Curtin University and the Fremantle Dockers have signed an alliance agreement that gives Curtin students access to the football club’s facilities and players.
As part of the agreement, four Curtin Master of Dietetics students volunteered to work with the inaugural AFL Women’s (AFLW) Fremantle Football Club. The students, Martin Waller, Jennaya Priest, Anna Bird and Renee Gardiner were supervised by sports dietitan, Terreen Stenvers, who was the dietitian appointed to the women’s team.
Martin and Jennaya were present on three home game days and undertook hydration testing. The Dietetics Program plan are hoping that in the next season there may be an opportunity for student placements with the team.
A student’s perspective
As a student at Curtin University, I have noticed that opportunities are frequently made available to gain hands on experience in roles related to the your degree. As a Masters of Dietetics student, with an interest in pursuing a career in sports nutrition, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in Curtin Universities collaboration with the AFLW Fremantle Dockers.
The experience allowed me to observe a highly experienced Sports Dietitians Australia accredited sports dietitian, Terreen Stenvers. I was able to observe, first hand, the role that a sports dietitian performs in a professional team environment, as well as to apply practical skills that I had acquired throughout my degree.
Just as important was the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other members of the support team, including physiotherapists, trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, members of the medical team, player welfare and many others.
The most memorable part of the experience was the game day involvement with the team. Much of a sports dietitian’s role on game day is around gathering information, and assessing how the players are preparing for the game and staying hydrated throughout.
When the team won their first game, against Carlton at Domain Stadium, it was an amazing feeling to be involved in the team success, and to be invited to sing the team song with the players and all the support crew was something I will never forget.
Martin Waller, Master of Dietetics student