Dr Ben is on our case
Ben Jackson, a sports scientist with a passion for improving the physical and mental health of people of all ages, has been named WA’s Young Tall Poppy of the Year.
Dr Jackson is a senior lecturer in exercise, health and sports psychology in UWA’s school of human sciences.
His research projects include work focusing on psychological resilience, self-regulation, confidence, motivation, social support and interpersonal communication.
He created the Psychology of Active, Healthy Living (PAHL) group in 2013, which recently launched a new community weight loss initiative for overweight men, Man v Fat.
Four of the five finalists in this year’s awards were from UWA, with astrophysicist Luke Davies, agricultural engineer Andrew Guzzomi and marine biologist Verena Schoepf recognised for their outstanding achievements as young researchers.
The Tall Poppy Science Awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science and recognise up-and-coming scientists.
Every hue imaginable will be on show when West Leederville Primary School hosts its Colour Carnival next Sunday, November 18.
In an example of old meets new, the carnival from 10am to 4pm will offer lots of traditional fete attractions as well as a watermelon eating competition, Segway adventures and beeswax wraps.
There will be more than 60 stalls, including toys, books, vintage clothing, food, Christmas presents, craft, a silent auction, music, amazing goodies and rides.
A full list of experiences and stalls can be found on the carnival’s Facebook page, @wlpschoolfete.
West Leederville primary has 550 students and the Parents and Citizens’ Association is hoping big crowds will head along for family fun.
The proceeds will go towards a much-needed playground upgrade, with new playground equipment including places to hang, climb, swing and build, as well as spaces to explore creativity.
The school has a tiny footprint compared with others in Perth so the P&C’s goal is to design and build play spaces that go up rather than out and to provide spaces for students to develop creative thinking at the same time as moving.
Children at West Leederville Primary School are hoping for loads of visitors at their Colour Carnival nextSunday.