activeKIT Grant Submission
THE QUEENSLAND ATHLETE HUB
Encouraging better utilisation of Knowledge, harnessing Innovation and leveraging Technology to enable more Queenslanders to be physically active
BUILDING AN ACTIVE AUSTRALIA
THE QUEENSLAND ATHLETE HUB
According to a report from SportAus.gov.au based on 2017-18 sports participation. It was detailed that 57% of people over the age of 15 in Australia participated in sport 1x per year! This equates to11.3 million people! This number is devasting for the Australian obesity pandemic which in 2017/18
was reported that 67% of Australians were either obese or overweight. With the rise of technology and simplicity/convenience being the cornerstone of the modern age, exercise and sport participation are hitting all-time lows.
Chronic diseases in 2017/18 were prominent amongst the Australian community with 47% of people suffering from at least one chronic condition as stated in a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
This project aims to encourage more people to actively engage in sport and promote a holistically healthier lifestyle. The Queensland Athlete Hub will provide greater opportunities for people to play sport through its annual “come and try” events and sports testing combines which give the opportunity for inactive adolescents and adults to test their physical capabilities and in return be
provided with a valuable sports club network or relationship.
The Queensland Athlete Hub is scalable. Currently, Resistance Sports Science Staff hosts 12 practitioners in the allied health spectrum working with over 500 sporting participants annually. This has grown from 50 sports participants and 5 staff members upon its start-up in 2019. With a new state-of-the-art facility, brand new equipment, and bigger floor space, we see this growing to 1500-2000 sports participants annually and 30 allied health staff. Note, this is just at the Brisbane location.
Resistance Sports Science is showing incredible growth and upon successful submission of this grant will look to offer a similar service to greater parts of Queensland. Currently, there is little support for people to participate in sport within the Springfield, Ipswich, Logan, Northern Queensland, and Gold Coast areas. With the imminent growth of the Queensland Athlete Hub, this grant opens opportunities for many more participants to become actively involved within the sport, join a sports performance facility and decrease their risk of chronic health conditions and serious preventable Injuries. The opportunity for growth with this grant is endless.
The Gap in the Market
Across Queensland, there are millions of people who do not have access to world-class facilities. These are typically found at Universities, Elite Sports organisations, and State Institutes which can only be utilised by Australia's most elite athletes. The Queensland Athlete Hub is a gateway for new exercise/sports participants to enjoy world-class facilities and highly qualified allied health staff at amateur and semi-professional levels. These people will have access to education, ongoing support, and professional mentorship only matched in elite high-performance settings.
Dave is the pinnacle of determination, hard work and persistence. After being diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia at the age of 43, he has searched for professional advice from Resistance Exercise Physiologist Drew Bowman. Dave mentions in his speech “that he was never been a great athlete, but I went on with a fairly normal life, playing footy and cricket a lot though my latter years and as an adult. “About 10 years ago, I noticed running became more and more difficult until it came to the point where I couldn’t.
The Queensland Athlete Hub is not just for elite athletes. It is for people like Dave who need support and guidance to get them through the hard times. With the Philosophy of Exercise is Medicine, Drew works tirelessly to support Dave through his journey with the aim to improve his strength, muscular imbalances and general life skills.