Alumni Update | Issue Six 2014

Postcard from Glasgow
Home of the Commonwealth Games, 23 July - 3 August

Lauren Scrymgour, Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), 2002

Where am I? "This is a photo of me in front of the SSE Hydro. This is my favourite place in Glasgow, the city’s newest venue which hosts a variety of concerts and events and is also one of the venues I an managing during the Games."

What I do: : "I am the Venue Manager for the SECC Precinct. This precinct has five competition venues which will host the sports of gymnastics, judo, wrestling, weightlifting, powerlifting, boxing and netball. I will also oversee the main press centre and international broadcast centre. The precinct will issue 81 gold medals over the course of the games and on my busiest day we will host 11 sessions and see over 45,000 spectators through the venues.
Lauren Scrymgour
"I'm proud to be working in a world class venue and hope to see some of the Australian athletes take home gold medals at the venues which I have been planning during the last year."

Career Highlights: "Having worked at a number of major events across the world, they are all special in their own right, but my career highlight to date was being Venue Operations Manager, Greenwich Park for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Greenwich Park was a temporary venue built in a world heritage site that hosted equestrian eventing and modern pentathlon sports. The venue held 21, 000 spectators on all days, and increased to a capacity of 50,000 for the equestrian cross country event.

"I have also worked on other major events around the world, including the Vancouver Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games, The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne, the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. in Melbourne."

What my degree taught me: "In my Communications degree from UniSA I gained both academic and practical experience relating to event management and public relations which provided me with the skills and knowledge to work on some of the world’s greatest events. My sub-majors of marketing and sport and leisure studies helped combine my passions of sport and major events.

A placement during third year provided me with practical experience in the industry and taught me skills that I use every day in my career."

My next career move: "Upcoming major events in Australia, such as the 2015 Cricket World Cup or 2018 Commonwealth Games make returning to Australia to possibly work on these events an exciting prospect. But I dream that another Olympic Games will be held in Australia, possibly 2028 is our next option, and I hope to see the FIFA World Cup brought to Australia during my career."

Postscript: UniSA alumni and students in the Australian team for Glasgow 2014

The Australian team competing in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games starting this week is one of the largest teams we have entered, with over 417 athletes competing in 17 sports over the 12 days.

University of South Australia graduate Jess Trengove (Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2010), will compete in the marathon. Jess represented Australia in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where she finished in 39th place. Jess has worked as a physiotherapist with the Adelaide Cougars Netball Club and the South Australian Athletics team. More about Jess

Athletics all-rounder Sean Roberts, a Bachelor of Public Relations student, is competing in the T37 100m sprint in the para athletics squad. Olympic cyclist and 2012 world team sprint champion Matthew Glaetzer, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement and Health Studies) student, will compete in the sprint cycling. More about Sean and Matthew

Road and track cyclist Caleb Ewan is well-known by UniSA's cycling community because he was was a member of Team UniSA’s 2014 Tour Down Under race team. Caleb, a dual under-23 champion will make his Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow.

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