Work, study and play: Macquarie’s Sport & Aquatic Centre

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There’s a lot of great benefits in using Macquarie’s sports facilities; you get to save time and money and be part of a strong, supportive student community. Perhaps best of all, though, is the opportunity to get training and insider knowledge from fellow students who are killing it in their field.


Meet Luke, Medical Sciences grad, personal trainer at the Sports & Aquatic Centre, and powerlifting champ.

What made you choose powerlifting?

After competing in bodybuilding, I wanted a more objective outlet to demonstrate and examine the results of my training, so I decided to give powerlifting a go. The added benefit of not having to be as stringent with nutrition was also a nice bonus – I love pizza.

How long have you been competing, and what’s your greatest achievement so far?

I’ve now been competing in powerlifting for a little over a year now, and I recently achieved the Junior Australian Record in the bench press within the Under 93kg category.

How did you become a part of the Macquarie sport community?

I had been training at Macquarie for six months, then one day I enquired about work opportunities and was able to secure a job interview, and it grew from there.

What’s it like working at the Sport & Aquatic Centre?

It’s refreshing. I enjoy coming in to work, and it’s fun being able to interact with so many different people on a daily basis. I particularly enjoy working with other students. Being a student myself makes it easier, as it means we can understand each other better as we have similar experiences.

If you had one piece of wisdom you could share with Macquarie students, what would it be?

Anything in life worth having requires patience and hard work.


Thanks for the advice, Luke! The Sports & Aquatic Centre is a multi-purpose fitness venue that offers everything from a state-of-the-art health club to swimming pools, sport clubs & squash courts. It’s a great opportunity to  create a balance with your studies, and has affordable pricing options specifically for students. Find out more on the website. 

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