Sport and exercise graduate lands rehabilitation role

Thursday 29 June 2023

An ambition to support people to live better lives and improve their wellbeing motivated alumna Rhiannon Voice to complete a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise degree.

Rhiannon Voice after graduating in May this year.

The 21-year-old was born and raised in Napier but made the move to Palmerston North to complete her degree at Massey.

It was the university’s offering of an Exercise Prescription major, as well as the work-integrated learning opportunities and ability to select papers from other subjects that persuaded Rhiannon to study at Massey.

“These features enabled me to develop extensive knowledge of exercise prescription and study my subjects of interest. I have aways been active in either fitness or sport, with a background in competitive artistic gymnastics, so the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise was a perfect fit.”

Rhiannon says the work-integrated learning component of her degree, where she gained work experience as a physiotherapy assistant, was a particular highlight.

“The opportunity to explore this area, together with the structure of the practicum, developed my knowledge and skillset both as an individual and exercise professional. The numerous opportunities to be involved with an individual’s journey to achieve exercise-related goals, regardless of their circumstances, was also extremely fulfilling,” she says.

While she had many favourite papers throughout the course of her studies, Rhiannon says there were three in particular that helped to define her passion: Advanced Exercise Prescription, Rehabilitation Studies and Exercise Psychology.

“These papers shaped my view that exercise and rehabilitation are unique and personal journeys for individuals. The lecturers and supporting staff made my undergraduate studies both achievable and memorable. Their ongoing commitment to delivering theoretical and practical teaching during the pandemic was exceptional and enabled me to graduate trusting in the knowledge and skills they imparted.”

As well as all the practical and theoretical knowledge she gained from her time at Massey, Rhiannon says she also learnt what made her tick as a person, both professionally and personally.

“I’ve developed a mindset and passion for the roles of exercise, rehabilitation and hauora in equipping people to live healthy lives. Above all, I have the confidence to build positive relationships with clients and other personnel to influence an individual’s quality of life.”

Rhiannon graduated with her Bachelor of Sport and Exercise in Exercise Prescription in May this year. She also received a Massey Scholar Award, which recognises her as being in the top five per cent of her graduating class.

Following the completion of her degree, she’s been working in Wellington as a Primary Service Provider in the rehabilitation sector. Her role focuses on working with clients who have a disability to establish a plan that empowers them to live independently.

“I work with my clients to create a plan based on their needs and goals and coordinate the required services. I also facilitate the learning of adaptive daily living skills for clients who identify this as a need during assessment. I am loving my work in this very rewarding role. Although I’m thrilled that my undergraduate degree has enabled me to work in the rehabilitation sector, I look forward to returning to the exercise field in the future.”

Rhiannon says that while she’s only just begun her career and will continue learning, she is confident she now has knowledge to offer that will benefit the lives of many people.

Rhiannon working with an athlete at the Halberg Games.

Sport and Exercise workshop

Are you keen to support people to live better lives and improve their wellbeing? Sport and Exercise could be a great career choice for you.

The world of sport, health and physical activity is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s biggest sectors. A variety of professions are waiting for you! Based on your interest you can work in the growing areas of community sport, fitness, professional sport, sport administration, wellness and sport development or embark on a Physical Education teaching career.

Massey University is hosting an interactive workshop in our modern sporting facilities, including our sport performance lab, on the Manawatū campus on 6 July. Come along, and participate in hands-on, real-world activities, talk to current students and staff and find out what sport and exercise at Massey is all about.

To learn more or book a spot on the workshop, click here.

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