Dr Ben is on our case

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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.

Photo: Bil­lie Fair­clough

Chil­dren at West Leed­erville Pri­mary School are hop­ing for loads of vis­i­tors at their Colour Car­ni­val nextSun­day.

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