Fi­nals AHEAD for Curtin

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

CURTIN Univer­sity’s Row AHEAD pro­gram has been an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist in the 2016/17 Western Aus­tralia Sport and Recre­ation In­dus­try Awards in the Com­mit­ment to Par­tic­i­pa­tion cat­e­gory.

Row AHEAD, run in con­junc­tion with Curtin Univer­sity Boat Club (CUBC) and Clon­tarf Abo­rig­i­nal Col­lege, was one of three pro­grams recog­nised in this cat­e­gory, pri­mar­ily for its in­no­va­tive ap­proach to in­creas­ing com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport.

The pro­gram sees stu­dents at Clon­tarf Abo­rig­i­nal Col­lege meet twice per week for rowing lessons on the river at the CUBC and once per week in the class­room, where they re­ceive aca­demic tu­tor­ing to help im­prove their lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills.

CUBC pres­i­dent Cameron Thorn said the fi­nal­ist nom­i­na­tion was a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for the pro­gram and high­lights its strong em­pha­sis on en­gag­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We are de­lighted that the Row AHEAD pro­gram has been recog­nised for demon­strat­ing in­no­va­tion in com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, as well as at­tract­ing more mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in rowing,” he said.

“The pro­gram uses rowing as a means to in­crease self-con­fi­dence, pro­vide ex­po­sure to univer­sity life and pro­grams, and en­gage stu­dents in ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, such as through reg­u­lar tu­tor­ing ses­sions.”

Curtin’s Deputy Vice-Chan­cel­lor Aca­demic Pro­fes­sor Jill Downie said Row AHEAD was a great ini­tia­tive and re­flected Curtin’s com­mit­ment to higher ed­u­ca­tion, in­no­va­tion and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see the Curtin AHEAD team’s sup­port for indige­nous stu­dents in the lo­cal com­mu­nity be recog­nised and we wish them all the best for the award cer­e­mony,” Pro­fes­sor Downie said.

The win­ners will be an­nounced on July 26.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Cameron Thorn with Clon­tarf Col­lege teacher Jer­ram Gib­son, Lauren Ford and Katherine Dun­can. d456342

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