How this manager combined his love of sport and learning…
Michael Burbidge is currently conducting research and writing a dissertation for the completion of a master’s degree in sport science at University of Pretoria (Tuks) and previously completed his Undergrad and honours in sports science at UFS.
“I essentially came to Pretoria for work,” he says. “I have been with BODYTEC Faerie Glen since it opened, 3 and a half years ago.” Michael’s hometown, East London, is not a big town and after his original studies in Bloemfontein, he now works and is furthering his studies in Gauteng.
Michael’s passion for both sport and learning opened the door for him to start his Master’s. “I started with the Master’s degree mainly because the opportunity presented itself to me and I wasn’t sure if it would ever present itself again, so I decided to grab it with both hands,” he explains. “I love discovering new information and learning, mostly I enjoy discussing ideas with my supervisors.”
Working and studying simultaneously is definitely a challenge, but Michael has found that a good support system is integral. “Family are always there to lend an ear and I have some great friends, several of whom have also completed Master’s degrees and can empathize well.” Michael is incredibly grateful to have Inge and Neil of BODYTEC Faerie Glen who are also very supportive and understanding.
When asked what his favourite element of BODYTEC is, Michael replied with; “What I enjoy most at BODYTEC is working with clients to achieve tangible results. People with knee or back pain for example which can be relieved or someone with mobility/posture issues that can be improved, these are meaningful changes to me and very achievable through BODYTEC training.”
Michael is the studio manager of BODYTEC Faerie Glen.