It’s all fun and Games for talented UQ educator
Beckman was already on a high from working as a Paralympic
Games athletics classifier, and then she got an extra boost of a
21 Teaching Excellence Award.
The University of Queensland lecturer in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition
Sciences was one of the award's two global recipients in
"It's a huge honour and a big surprise," Dr Beckman said.
"I'm thrilled my interest and passion for this area has
been recognised in this way."
The award gives Dr Beckman the opportunity to travel to
Johannesburg next year and present a workshop with a new research
Apart from being involved with the Paralympics for the past
year, Dr Beckman also guided the UQ Health team in its successful
title defence of the
HealthFusion Team Challenge.
The national competition required students from multiple health
disciplines to collaborate and present care solutions for complex
"The past year has been full of incredible experiences," Dr
"I've just come back from a fantastic Paralympic Games where I
witnessed so many inspiring performances - not just those where
world records were broken.
"Several of the big highlights came from watching our own UQ
athletes who I see training regularly.
"There's something special and satisfying about watching others
succeed when you know in intricate detail all the hard work they've
done to put themselves in that position."
Dr Beckman is a lecturer in clinical exercise physiology and
exercise science and, along with colleagues Dr Sean
Tweedy and Dr Mark
Connick, is a member of the International Paralympic Committee
Classification Research and Development Centre (physical
This is the second year in a row that a UQ Health
academic has received a Universitas 21 Teaching Excellence Award,
Dr Allison Mandrusiak's recognition in 2015.
UQ is one of three Australian members of Universitas 21, along
with the University of Melbourne and the University of New South
Media: Dr Emma Beckman, firstname.lastname@example.org ,
+61 7 3346 7904; Robert Burgin, UQ
, +61 7 3346 3035, +61 448 410