St Joseph’s College is the first school in the Darling Downs region to collaborate with a team of high performance consultants and exercise scientists from FitLab, enabling elite student athletes to take their training to the next level. 

Introduced into the school’s sporting program in 2018, the school’s investment in the initiative gives rugby, netball and basketball teams and individuals access to training programs and facilities on-par with the Queensland Academy of Sport, and is designed to strengthen sporting talent while fostering a good education.

Year 11 student, Jada Ferguson, seamlessly balances senior studies with her commitment to the Australian Youth Sevens Rugby Development Squad and other teams across rugby league and touch football, competing at a national and state level. She recently returned from an international rugby competition in Japan and travels inter-state for training in Sydney and Canberra. “Through the school’s partnership with FitLab, I am able to receive personal training as part of the Sponsored Athlete Program. I train two mornings a week with FitLab, focusing on strength and power training which has helped me take my training to the next level,” said Ferguson.

St Joseph’s Middle Leader, Rodney Spain, said student interest and participation in sport has soared. “We’ve seen a huge improvement in sporting commitment, goal setting, teamwork and fitness since bringing FitLab on board,” Spain said, “We’re extremely impressed with FitLab’s expertise and professionalism. They’re so invested in the progression of our students –  they often support as spectators at local sporting competitions to ensure all programs are custom-fit for the team.”

FitLab High Performance Manager Corey Wolski said he has seen significant improvement across the school’s sports teams. “Our programs allow students to become more self-dependent. They’re growing into their bodies and becoming more aware of what they can achieve. It’s much more than just the physical outcomes, it’s about growth in persistence, taking on feedback and pushing past mental blocks.”

Readers also enjoyed this story on the finalists for the 2019 Australian A Capella Awards.