How to create an Olympian

What does it take to create a medal-winning athlete? Is it all about natural ability or can anyone succeed with the right development?

Join us this month to hear from an animal performance researcher, an Olympic medallist and an Olympic coach as they discuss what it takes to create an Olympian.

UQ’s Associate Professor Robbie Wilson will discuss how physical attributes define success – from endangered quolls to elite soccer players – and how we can better identify and develop sporting talent to bring home more Olympic medals.

Olympic bronze medallist diver and UQ science student Maddison Keeney will share how she turned her potential into Olympic success at Rio 2016.

Diving Australia National Coach–Brisbane Hui Tong will share his approach to developing talent and coaching champions.

When Monday, 10 October
Time 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements Doors open at 6:00pm
Refreshments Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
RSVP This is a free event. Please register to secure your seat.

Meet the presenters:

robbiewilsonAssociate Professor Robbie Wilson is an ARC Future Fellow in The University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences. He studies animal performance in the lab and the field to understand the mechanistic basis of physical performance and its implications for an individual’s survival and reproductive success.

maddisonkeeneyMaddison Keeney is an Australian diver and Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medallist. She has won a number of medals in international diving events. Maddison is currently studying physics at The University of Queensland.

Hui Tong is a former diver with Olympic experience and an impressive coaching record. He has coached Chinese, Canadian and Australian teams and is currently the Diving Australia National Coach–Brisbane. Hui has coached Maddison Keeney and many other athletes to Olympic medal success.


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