Real-life learning in lead-up to Rio

Georgia Thompson

A tip from one of her lecturers led student Georgia Thompson to combine her two loves– sport and journalism – in her workplace learning with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) in the lead-up to Rio 2016.

A third-year Bachelor of Sports Studies / Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) student at CSU in Bathurst, Georgia is now a part of the AOC media and communications team.

“Following a discussion about my interests and career aspirations last year, one of my lecturers, Chris McGillion, encouraged me to contact the AOC,” Georgia said.

“I emailed Mike that same day, and by the end of the next week I had secured a work placement or internship with the AOC.”

The CSU student did workplace learning over three months last year and in December, the AOC offered her a paid internship for 2016.

She is currently working two days a week, mainly from Bathurst, but expects her hours will increase during the Rio 2016 Olympics Games in August.

“My main role is to write athlete biographies which are published on the AOC website. I also help manage photo galleries and assist with digital content when on the ground in Sydney.

“My work with the AOC has been the biggest learning experience of my degree but I really enjoy it.”

There’s been high praise from AOC Director Media and Communications Mr Mike Tancred who said, “Georgia is producing outstanding material and is a valued member of our media team. Most importantly, she has embraced the culture of the AOC and ‘fits’ perfectly in our workplace.”