Cameron Juha is a National level swimmer with a passion for sport, coaching, and a head for business.
Cameron gave up his place at Deakin University to pursue a local education as part of the pioneer group of students to enrol in the Bachelor Sport Management through the University of Ballarat which started in July this year.
“I am very sport orientated” said Cameron.
“I am heavily involved with my swimming with Traralgon Swim Club. I had goals that I wanted to achieve here with my club and moving down to Melbourne wasn’t the right decision.”
By staying in Gippsland, Cameron has been able to continue to achieve his sporting goals as well as maintain employment with Traralgon Swim Team as a swimming coach and strength and conditioning coach.
“This degree is important for students who would prefer to stay in Gippsland with work and sporting commitments as they can study this university degree without moving hours away.”
“The Bachelor of Sport Management is exactly what I thought it would be, the course has been well introduced and I’m enjoying every part of it.”
With support from local industry including Latrobe City Council, Latrobe Community Health Services, Gippsport and Gippsland Sports Academy the degree has been welcomed as a great opportunity for talented athletes within the region.
Senior Head Coach of the Traralgon Swimming Club and Chief Operating Officer of La Trobe Financial Services, Brian Ford agrees that it is important to provide the young people of Gippsland with opportunities that will keep them here.
“It is imperative we keep young people like Cameron in Gippsland as both a swimmer and future coach” said Brian.
“He has grown up in the area, understands the culture and values of country people and with his current training and education through the TAFE regime, and ultimately University, he will enhance the knowledge and skill level of the athletes from this region. It can only be seen as a win– win for Cameron and Gippsland sport.”
Other sporting clubs are also benefitting from this ‘plug’ in the talent drain, with students remaining in Gippsland to study while competing at a high level in cricket, football, netball and martial arts.
Students complete their first year of the course with GippsTAFE Health Department, completing a Certificate IV and Diploma in Sport and Recreation. Recently this has involved students collaborating with the Healthy Together department at Latrobe Community Health Services and Latrobe City Council to increase participation and engagement in healthy activities for schools in the local area.
In studying his degree, Cameron was also able to stand out from the crowd and accept his first job at a supervisor level with Latrobe Leisure Churchill.
“I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity to develop my skills and gain more knowledge to develop into a better leader” said Cameron.
“I love working in Leisure with Latrobe, I have a great team around me who I can learn from everyday and this industry is hand in hand with the Bachelor Degree.”
Acting Leisure Facilities Coordinator at Latrobe City Council, Josh Graham is equally pleased to be working with Cameron.
“Cam has been a great addition to the Latrobe Leisure team and whilst managing both his study and work commitments he has been able to step up and take on new roles.”
“He is able to relate his study to his work which has been a great benefit to the facility.”
The pioneer group of students enrolled in the Bachelor of Sport Management will be completing an internship in semester two 2015, and there is a buzz among supporting organisations looking forward to qualified and talented staff competing for roles in recreation, health promotion, media, administration and facility management.
Cameron is just one of the students excited to see what opportunities will come from his internship and where his degree will take him.
“If I had to make the decision again I wouldn’t change a thing, consider the opportunities with this pathway; you’ll achieve a number of qualifications and finish up with a Bachelor Degree in Sports Management, while being able to stay in Gippsland. “
For more information call Ann McGown at GippsTAFE Higher Education on 5175 9606 or email AnnMc@gippstafe.edu.au