Deakin researchers helping Paralympians go for gold.
Deakin University’s School of Engineering and the Australian Paralympic Committee have signed an MoU based around developing high impact sports technologies for elite Paralympian athletes.
There are already projects underway at Deakin in this area.
The MoU formalises those arrangements between the University and APC.
The technology all involves clean sheet design enabling new and innovative ideas and design to thrive.
Both staff and students at Deakin are designing, engineering and prototyping up to pre-production scale equipment that will have a huge impact on how our athletes compete both here and overseas.
The first project is up to prototyping stage.
For the sport of Boccia a new ramp has been designed by Kris Plumb and Daniel Howard, two fourth-year engineering students.
The ramp will be available for this year’s national competitions before being used at the world championships later in 2013.
"A ramp of this quality will provide an enormous boost to our BC3 athletes and better support their endeavours to qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games," said Paul Van Ossten from the APC.
"Access to world class equipment is paramount in this sport and the ramp being developed by Deakin certainly meets this criteria."
A separate project will be a new hand cycle for Stuart Tripp, a top 10 hand cyclist in the world and a London Olympian.
Stuart is aiming for gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Stefan Sens, a final year engineering student, will be undertaking this project as part of his final year; again another clean sheet design building from the ground up.
Working in partnership with Stefan, Stuart will have access to the vast materials and advanced manufacturing resources Deakin Engineering has on offer.
"I am very excited to be working with the Deakin School of Engineering on this project which will deliver the competitive advantage in the lead into Rio 2016," Stuart Tripp said.
"This bike will be lighter utilising the best design and materials available, ultimately producing a better bike and better performance."
The School of Engineering is heavily focussed on research into materials, advanced manufacturing and sports technology that can have an impact on the broader community.
This new agreement with the APC allows both staff and students to apply their research to products that make a difference.