CSU puts muscle into Indonesian Olympic team


A Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic has signed contracts with the Indonesian National Olympic Committee (INOC) to continue to provide strength and conditioning coaching to the Indonesian Olympic team up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Dr Stephen Bird, an academic in exercise rehabilitation at the School of Human Movement Studies at CSU’s Bathurst Campus, was engaged by the INOC in May 2007 as Head of Team Management (Strength and Conditioning). “Following the introductory trial period with the INOC, and our success at the 2007 South East Asian Games in Thailand where Indonesia won 56 gold medals, I was asked to continue to provide expert support to the Indonesia National Olympic team,” said Dr Bird. “We shall be providing strength and conditioning services to the 16 sports Indonesia will compete in at Beijing. The contract also allows final year students from CSU’s School of Human Movement Studies to attend work experience placements with me while I am in Jakarta, with two students already attending. These opportunities provide invaluable experience for our students with support from the School and the University’s Faculty of Education.”

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