Kira’s lifelong love makes her the perfect fit for CQU role 

[by Greg Chapman]


Kira Allen. Image: supplied

She’s been a dancer, tried her hand at nursing, been a fitness instructor and even represented Australia on the world stage as a BMX rider, but for Kira Allan, being CQUniversity’s Community Sports Centre Operations Coordinator is the role she’s always dreamed of.

The proud First Nations woman, of the Gunggandji tribe in the Cairns region, has become a real ambassador for the quality of CQUniversity’s training, which started for Kira back in 2012.

“In high school I started a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, which I completed through CQU TAFE,” she said.

“I grew up heavily involved with sports, primarily dancing, then BMX. Growing up I wanted to be a nurse and study nursing at university, until I completed my course when I quickly released that nursing was not for me.

“I started searching for other career pathways and came across Exercise and Sports Sciences and my heart quickly set on studying that degree. With my sporting background I thought it was the perfect opportunity to better my education on the human body, movement and exercise, and eventually help others understand the importance of health and exercise.”

Kira moved to Rockhampton to study and quickly excelled. Although she was far away from home, a Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health scholarship took the burden off her parents and gave Kira the true on-campus experience.

She lived at the Capricornia Residential College, which helped her make connections with other students and staff – networks which ultimately helped her gain employment at CQU.

“CQU helped me find employment through the Earn While You Learn (EWL) Program, where after I completed my Certificate III in Fitness placement with the CQUniversity Community Sports Centre I was given the opportunity to work in the industry whilst studying,” she said

“I started with the CQUniversity Community Sports Centre in January of 2017 as an EWL, then progressed into a casual Fitness Instructor and then was given the opportunity to apply for the Coordinator role and was fortunate enough to be the preferred candidate.

“I have been in the role of the Community Sports Centre Operations Coordinator for over 12 months now. I am enjoying every moment of this role, this last year has been a very big learning journey and 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride but I am grateful CQUniversity has given me the opportunity to learn and develop in a managerial role.”

When she’s not running the gym or spending time with her dogs, Kira is also studying a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology with Charles Sturt University. She said she does miss her BMX though.

“BMX has been a passion of mine since 2010, since moving to Rockhampton I have not rode as much as I would desire due to work and study commitments,” she said.

“However, when I was in high school, I competed all around Australia, have raced at Nationals and represented Australia at the world titles in New Zealand in 2013.”

She encouraged young Indigenous people to follow their own passions by considering study at CQU.

“In my experience, universities do not discriminate, anyone with passion and drive can complete University study,” she said.

“CQU has great programs and support systems for Indigenous people for pre-study and throughout your study and these networks will greatly assist with all aspects of University.

“There are going to be bumps along the journey, however if you keep determined, don’t lose sight of your goal and keep moving forward, you will achieve great things.”



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