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The Holsworth Research Initiative would like to extend a warm welcome to Lachlan Price, a new PhD student awarded an industry funded PhD scholarship co-funded by AFL Victoria and the Bendigo Pioneers. An industry PhD connects industry partners to La Trobe’s world-leading research capabilities, while addressing a problem that is of direct relevance to the organisation.

Lachlan Price, PhD student La Trobe University Bendigo/ Bendigo Pioneers

Mr Price recently moved from Western Australia where he completed his Exercise Science Undergraduate and Honours degrees while working with both men’s and women’s teams in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL). Continuing on from Jake Jennings, who is set to submit his PhD thesis in the coming weeks, Lachlan will spend the next three years embedded in the La Trobe University Bendigo Pioneers team conducting research and improving player performance.

“I’m excited to work within the AFL Victoria system and the Coates Talent League. Some of Australia’s best AFL talent is being produced here along with some of the best coaches and medical teams”.

“I’m interested in learning more around how our physical and technical training approaches can influence performance, but also how they can improve development”.

PhD supervisor, Associate Brett Gordon, said La Trobe University in Bendigo is looking forward to strengthening its relationship with the Pioneers throughout the course of this PhD.

“We observed such great benefits for both organisations with the previous industry funded PhD, which saw Jake Jennings embedded with the Bendigo Pioneers for three years. We can only anticipate similar outcomes with Lachlan as we look to extend the work previously started”.

The Coates Talent League is the country’s premiere under-18 Australian rules football competition.