Newcastle Knights strength and conditioning coach David Ballard with Fit College Hervey Bay fitness trainer and assessor Peter Winmill.
Newcastle Knights strength and conditioning coach David Ballard with Fit College Hervey Bay fitness trainer and assessor Peter Winmill. Griffith Thomas

Knight rides in to pass on advice

DAVID Ballard believes he has the most rewarding job in the world.

And many would agree.

The 27-year-old gets to work with some of the NRL's biggest names as strength and conditioning coach at the Wayne Bennett-coached Newcastle Knights.

Ballard was in Hervey Bay on Monday to pass on his knowledge and expertise to a crop of aspiring personal trainers and gym instructors, currently learning their trade at the Fit College.

Ballard, who spent three years at St George Illawarra before following Bennett to the Knights, hoped his story would inspire others follow a similar path to success.

"It was a good chance for me to go through a couple of things with them and have a chat to them about a few training techniques," he said.

Given personal training is one of the fastest growing careers, Fit College fitness trainer and assessor Peter Winmill said Ballard's visit was especially motivating for his students.

"I wanted David here so the students could see where they could go if they put their mind to it, work hard and do something they're passionate about it," he said.

Before holding a session with some of Breathe Health Club's members and guests at Urangan, Ballard got to work with the Fit College's students, who are currently completing their Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness.

But the burning question on their minds was "what is it like working for an NRL club?"

"It's a great job working with a professional sports team and go to go games every weekend," Ballard said.

"But there's a lot of hard work behind the scenes, especially in the pre-season. You're doing 12 to 14 hour days, so it takes a lot of work to get the boys ready for the season. But I wouldn't swap it for the world."

Fit College's new fitness courses kick off on May 7.

For more information visit fitcollege.com.au.



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