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Lisa Dent

I worked with the Police for four years after graduating as a civilian trainer, providing training in the legislation surrounding the use of force (including conflict management and self defense and restraint techniques such as handcuffing and baton skills). Lisa -Dent _Alumni -Profile _255-image

I left this career to become a sponsored mountain bike skills instructor and first-aid trainer and this is where I began to get into the world of sports events.  I took up freelance roles with Nova International working on the Great North Run and the Great Swim, travelling to various locations across the UK as the Finish Area Team Leader.  I loved the events world and soon realised that I wanted to make a career of it.  It was at this point I decided to go back to university and study an MSc in International Sports Management.  

I chose Northumbria University as it had a great reputation and the Masters offered the opportunity to explore sports management from an international perspective.  

During my studies I applied for an internship at the British Triathlon Federation which I was offered.  I worked across all their major events for the 2010 season including the Edinburgh World Duathlon Championships and the ITU World Triathlon Series, London.  I gained some valuable insights not only of major events but also into the governance and strategy inside a rapidly growing sport in the UK. This opportunity then led me to work with one of the top sports agencies in the UK and the world: Fasttrack, based in London.

I worked as an Account Executive in a team delivering two of British Triathlon's major events (one of which was in Canary Wharf - an elite focused race and the first time British Triathlon had delivered a race in an iconic location with the strategic aim of raising the profile of the sport).  It was during my time at Fasttrack that I also secured a role for the Triathlon Start / Finish Manager at London 2012.  This would be a two-month contract delivering the Triathlon at the Olympic Games. A dream come true!  After gaining the experience on both the governance and commercial side of major events, I was offered a role back with the British Triathlon in the Major Events team for 18 months.  In December 2013 to continually pursue my career in elite sport and major events, I took on the role of the Triathlon Technical Operations Manager at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I have now moved on to work for Triathlon Australia.

Where are you doing now?

I work as the National Events Manager for Triathlon Australia.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria gave me the inspiration, determination and opportunity to follow a career in major events.  In particular, a field trip to Lusanne to visit the houses of sport and talk with many of the Directors and Secretaries General within Olympic Sports and International Federations inspired me to pursue this dream.

What was the best thing about your course?

The field trip and the course modules.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

All the tutors with their knowledge and insight into the field of study.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

All I studied I have had to use and apply.

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What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The studying and field trip

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Sign up! It will offer you the insight and inspiration you need to follow the career of your dreams.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Inspirational, insightful, fun.

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