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Experts available: Barty Bombshell and 2022 Oscars

1 min read
24 Mar 2022
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University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below topics.


Australian tennis star and world number one Ash Barty shocked the sporting world yesterday when she announced her retirement from professional tennis at just 25.

  • Leading performance scientist Associate Professor Stephen Bird can discuss the physical and mental demands of playing tennis at the highest level and spending long periods of time away from home and family to compete on the international circuit. He can also share his views on whether Barty will go down as Australia’s greatest female athlete. Associate Professor Bird specialises in elite athlete preparation, strength and conditioning and athletes’ mental health. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331


There are fears entire schools may need to be closed with COVID-19 cases again surging across the country, resulting in major teacher and staff shortages.

  • Education expert Tania Leach says many schools are already facing an unprecedented staffing crisis and further reductions in staff would have a significant impact on schools. Mrs Leach can discuss from a principal’s and/or teacher’s perspective some of the challenges they have already had to overcome and what solutions there are to address the shortage of teachers. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331


The 94th Academy Awards will air Monday, March 27 from 10am (Queensland time). Films up for Best Picture include Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, and Wide Side Story.

  • Education Film expert Dr Daryl Sparkes is available to give his picks for the big night, as well as post-event commentary on Monday. Media contacts: Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331