UQ to help Broncos eat their way to the top
The Brisbane Broncos are known to have big appetites, but
they'll be paying special attention to what they eat after
announcing a scholarship for their own nutritional advisor.
The three-and-a-half-year scholarship worth $112,000 will fund a
doctoral student from The University of Queensland's School of
Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences to research and improve the
Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics Dr Michael Leveritt,
who previously worked for the Australian Institute of Sport and
Queensland Academy of Sport, said nutrition was vital for athlete
"Implementing and evaluating nutrition interventions are keys to
the discovery of improved practices that can enhance on-field
performances," Dr Leveritt said.
"The Brisbane Broncos are leaders when it comes to the science
of rugby league and this investment will help keep them at the
PhD candidate Mr Dean Paningbatan was the first student awarded
The latest collaboration enhances the partnership between the
most successful Australian rugby league club of the past 30 years
and one of Australia's top-ranked universities.
UQ Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences students have been
working side-by-side with Broncos coaching and high-performance
staff as they prepare for the 2016 season.
One of those actively involved is PhD candidate Mr Johnpaul
Caia, who is studying sleep and other recovery methods for rugby
"It's been a fantastic opportunity to combine doctoral research
with working alongside staff from an elite sporting organisation,"
Mr Caia said.
"We are learning from some of the best when it comes to sports
"I've been really impressed by the club in terms of their
professionalism and focus and it's a great environment to learn
Honours student Ms Marni Simpson has also been working with the
team. She will graduate from UQ this month after spending eight
months of practical placement with the Broncos.
"I learnt so many skills, particularly around collaboration and
communication," Ms Simpson said.
"Being a Broncos supporter, I had to pinch myself at the chance
to benefit from their feedback."
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