As a myotherapy student at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), Werribee resident Cassie Phillips has her sights set strongly on a massage career in the AFL.
A devoted Kangaroos supporter since she was a mere eight-year-old, Cassie, 20, loves football and her aspiration to achieve her ambition is now one step closer than she realised on first embarking on her NMIT studies.
As a final-year student in the Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy) at NMIT, Cassie was applying her deft touch to footballers at the Richmond Football Club during the 2007 season as part of an NMIT volunteer massage program.
She completed the Diploma in Remedial Massage in July this year, and worked for three hours once a month at the Richmond Football Club massaging players to help address soft tissue injuries and for general conditioning.
'It was a great opportunity to obtain experience in the football industry as previously, I just used to practise on clients in our clinic at NMIT,' Cassie said. 'It was more physically demanding than I expected and has given me insights into the football industry which is where I want to work when I complete my advanced diploma.'
Cassie applied her massages in 45-minute sessions and said while she was 'a bit daunted by entering a male domain as a female, once I started massaging, I was treated the same as anybody else and felt very comfortable.'
She added she applied the knowledge and skills she had acquired at NMIT and said the footballers told her where they were sore and where they needed treatment.
'It was tiring at first as I wasn't used to it. There was a lot of tone to the muscles of the footballers and the massage needs were quite demanding. But when they got up and walked away and said the pain was less and they felt better, it was a good feeling.'
In a letter to NMIT, Richmond Football Club Head of the Massage Department, Pablo Tymoszuk, said NMIT students were ' professional, eager to learn and hard working - a job well done for NMIT.'
He added the team's soft tissue injury list was 'kept to a minimum - the students who helped out can be proud of contributing to this.'
He said he hoped students would return for the 2008 season.
For Cassie, it's the perfect opportunity to enhance her skills even further.
'I really enjoyed the work there and am looking forward to the season next year. I'm gaining terrific experience and also learning how the football industry works for my future.'
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