sportsmed is excited to welcome Trent Larwood to the team as our newest Exercise Physiologist, based at the Henley Beach clinic.
We asked Trent a few questions to get to know him better.
Tell us about yourself?
I grew up in Kimba, a small country town approximately 460km from Adelaide. In year 10, I moved down to Adelaide to attend boarding school. Since completing school, I have attended Flinders University completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Sport Science) and a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Growing up I was always heavily involved in sport playing football, cricket, basketball and tennis, with my favourite sport being football which I still currently play.
Why did you become an Exercise Physiologist?
Early on in my secondary schooling I wanted to be a physiotherapist, and post year 12, I came across exercise physiology. It was the perfect fit for me as I have always been a very active person. During the early stages of my exercise science degree, I was certain that I wanted to work in a sports environment. As I progressed through my degree, I began to learn about the role that exercise could play in helping people living with chronic conditions or rehabilitating injuries, and decided this was the path I wanted to go down.
What sporting clubs are you involved in?
I currently play football for the Westminster Old Scholars Football Club, and I am also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the South Adelaide Football Club Senior Women’s Team.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, my partner and I have a 5-year-old German Shepherd called Boston (pictured).
What are your hobbies?
During the winter months I spend a lot of my time either playing or watching football, but name anything that involves being active and I most likely enjoy it. I also like to go a visit the local wineries around Adelaide with friends and family.
Have you met anyone famous?
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of professional athletes. One memory that sticks with me is when I was a young kid, I got to go down into the changerooms after a Port Adelaide AFL game and meet all the players and get my guernsey signed.
What is your favourite band?
If I had to pick one band, it would be DMA’s
Which one book you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t got around to yet?
I don’t have a specific book that I really want to read, but I enjoy reading anything written by John Grisham.
What is the most fantastic thing that has even happened to you?
It’s hard to pick one thing, but when I was in year 12 at school, I went on a 3-week cricket tour to the UK. I played against several big English schools, experienced all the cliché tourist attractions and made several lifelong friends who I am still in contact with today, so that was a pretty unforgettable experience.
Who is the most inspirational person that you’ve ever met?
Tough question. One person that comes to mind is a client I met whilst on placement during my exercise physiology degree. This client was living with a spinal cord injury and required a wheelchair to move around. Despite all the challenges he was facing he would always arrive at his gym sessions with a positive attitude, laughing, making jokes and would always put maximum effort into his rehab. The way he went about everything was just really inspiring.
Thanks for sharing, Trent! We couldn’t be happier to welcome you to the sportsmed family!