This week’s profile features the President of our UniSA Athletics Club, and UniSA Alumni, Patrick Schultz. Patrick has been heavily involved with UniSA Sport over the past few years, so you’ve probably seen him around campus during Orientation, Campus Fair or Clubs Fest, or Athletics events such as City to Bay and SA Challenge. Patrick was rightfully recognised for his efforts in 2019, receiving a Club Colours Award for his service to the UniSA Athletics Club and was selected as a finalist for our Volunteer of the Year Award. We had a recent chat with Patrick to get to know more about him!
Completed a Bachelor of Health Science
I coach Athletics (running, jumping, throwing events), manage the Athletics team for UniSA UniSport Nationals and (very casually) compete in distance running events.
Coaching the UniSA Athletics club has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience. My best achievement with the club would be coaching the 2019 City to Bay team, where all students who attended our training sessions placed ahead of the rest of Team UniSA in the half marathon distance.
Not one moment, but we get lots of international students on internships and temporary study situations through the club. Being able to get to know these people and leave a positive impression of Adelaide and a new interest in Athletics is always rewarding and memorable.
Seeing our athletes succeed and meet their goals of course, but also the diversity that athletics provides as a sport. We never know who will be involved, and it means no season is the same as the last.
I have developed my skills as a coach working with Athletics SA. When I started I had more experience in technical coaching rather than pushing performance. My knowledge of the mental side of competing and developing athletic skills has been a huge development focus on my coaching.
Lots of running, stretching, balance/core work, and I have a few weights and bands etc. I'm fortunate that I have access to and knowledge of most forms of training.
During isolation boredom, I've been re-exploring lots of mildly edgy music from my teenage years. Bit of Disturbed, old school Linkin Park, Tenacious D just to name a few.
I spend (probably a bit too much) time gaming online. Apart from that, I spend lots of time with my fiancée and family eating and drinking.