New door opens – Mildura

Nick’s doors open through first year at Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership

The chance to study sport locally in Mildura was too good to ignore for 22-year-old Nick Dorman who is close to completing his Diploma of Sport Development as part of the inaugural Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership class in Mildura.

Dorman said he was the “perfect example” of a student that could benefit from the program being run regionally.

“Growing up as I still do now, I played cricket, I played footy and every sport you could think of but I never knew what I wanted to do with my career,” he said.

“There are not many opportunities like this in a country town.”

The local footballer who also works at the Richmond Football Clubs owned Aligned Leisure as a lifeguard, said he has always had ambitions to work in sport, but never a desire to move towns for study.

“Being the first year I thought I had nothing to lose, and I have never seen a better opportunity in Mildura,” he said.

“A couple of years ago I did some coaching of cricket and footy and I really enjoyed it. So, to be able to get a diploma is great, but also all the other learnings to just help with my (coaching and sport development) skills.”

“I always want to help people get better.”

Dorman added that he had learned a lot from the different guest speakers, mentors and teachers made available through the course as he pushes on with his fledgling sports career.

“Although we haven’t been able to do a lot of practical stuff this year (due to COVID-19 restrictions), even just the assignments and the work that we do definitely helps me with what I have already learned and will continue to learn about coaching,” he said.

“Having the chance to talk to Richmond Football Club AFL players was something I found beneficial. We can learn from them and I took a lot away from what they said about nutrition.”

“It is important to have the knowledge and experience of what your body needs, I found that really interesting.”

“It’s all about balance.”

Nick is a current student at the Richmond Institute, a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology and the Richmond Football Club. Nick is a Diploma of Sport (Sport Development) (SIS50319) Student


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