Best Biokinetics Objective Structured Physical Exam Student
Graduate Ms Ashleigh Trend is UKZN’s Sport Science degree’s Best Biokinetics Objective Structured Physical Exam (OSPE) student.
The 23-year-old, who matriculated from Hillcrest High School, said sport had always been a big part of her life sport, especially swimming.
‘I knew I always wanted to study biokinetics and this was the route to go,’ said Trend. ‘As a child I was injured and I went to see a biokineticist for rehabilitation. I immediately knew that it was something I wanted to pursue. From there, all my choices were made to help include this field in my future. I am proud to say I have achieved my dream and am now able to work under that very biokineticist who I look up to.’
Trend said she had always been a dedicated and hardworking individual. ‘Swimming throughout school competitively taught me the discipline, respect and motivation necessary to achieve. My approach to any situation is to ensure that all the love, nurturing and support from my parents does not get overlooked. I aim to repay them for all they have done through my potential success.
‘Studying at UKZN allowed me to maintain my swimming coaching commitments while allowing me to study without the stresses moving away can bring.’
She said she was ‘surprised and thrilled’ when she won the Best Biokinetics OSPE Student Award.
‘Managing my work and study schedules was tough, which led to me concentrating totally on my studies. Another obstacle was adapting from working straight out of high school and then getting back into the studying process.
‘I worked very hard and it was a fantastic feeling to receive acknowledgement for it,’ said Trend, who also received several certificates of merit during her studies.
‘It has been a long road, but I am ecstatic. This degree has opened doors to my future and my career. To be seen as a professional is an achievement in itself of which I am so proud.’
Trend, currently doing her internship at a number of practices in Durban, Durban North and Umhlanga, says she continues to challenge herself every day.
‘To be able to work in a field that interests me and inspires me, helping improve others health and fitness and manage their injuries and conditions is humbling and satisfying.’
Trend said her short-term goals were to continue to learn under the guidance of senior biokineticists, develop patient relationships and to build up a good reputation for herself in the health profession. ‘My long-term goal is to establish my own practice which would lead to opening a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation centre.’