Notre Dame academic recognised for commitment to outdoor recreation

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 14-5-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

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Coordinator of the Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation course at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus, Duncan Picknoll, has been recognised for his significant contribution to the outdoor recreation industry by Outdoors WA.

Mr Picknoll received the Outdoors WA Peak Body Achiever Award 2011 for his dedication and commitment to both higher learning and the professional advancement of the Outdoors sector in Western Australia.

This award follows his 2011 success when he was named the Outdoor Education Lecturer of the Year at the 2011 West Australian Outdoor Recreation Industry Awards. Earlier this year, Mr Picknoll received a Vice Chancellor’s Award for his outstanding commitment to university teaching.

With a passion for producing highly-skilled, ethical and practical students ready to enter the outdoors sector, Mr Picknoll was integral to the establishment of an outdoor education program at Notre Dame.

Theoretical, practical and environmental awareness are core components of the Outdoor Recreation program at Notre Dame. Students involved in the course are immersed in the facilitation of camp-craft, group leadership and outdoor pursuits (such as roping and kayaking), while acquiring valuable skills such as wilderness first aid.

Outdoors WA is the peak body for our outdoor industry so I am proud to be given recognition from my peers for the contribution I am making,” Mr Picknoll said.

“I have always had a very clear picture of what skills our Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation graduates should possess and I am grateful for the support of many key organisations, school and individuals who have allowed me to develop this content.

“Graduating students have many career options. They can become an outdoor leader and work in outdoor education, adventure tourism, corporate adventure training and other community organisations. With the inclusion of a Diploma of Education, students have the possibility of teaching outdoor education in secondary schools.”

Mr Picknoll has recently completed his accredited Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning and is now working towards his Doctorate of Education in Outdoor Education.

For more information about the Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation degree and other courses in the School of Health Sciences at Notre Dame, please contact (08) 9433 0533.

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