​​​Sean Huirama​

Sean Huirama is a man with many hats – his time is split between several jobs in coaching, personal training and strength and conditioning. Having completed his Certificate in Fitness Industry Training in 2012, Sean has gone on to great things. Check out his Q&A below.

  • Head strength and Conditioning Coach of the Northern Pride High Performance Academy. Designing strength and conditioning programmes for rugby league players training once a week, aged from 12 -18 years.
  • Head strength and Conditioning Coach of the Northern Pride under 16 Cyril Connell cup and Under 18 Mal Meninga Cup: Designing strength and conditioning programmes for rugby league players aged 15,16,17,18 for pre-season and season.
  • Innisfail Leprechauns Rugby league under18 Coach 2015
  • Personal Trainer
  • Group Fitness Trainer

Sean Huirama

How did your experience at the Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance help you find your first position after graduation?

My first position was as a strength and conditioning coach. The centre had taught me all the basics to train any athlete especially athletes who are new to strength training. I was designing and implementing weight and fitness programmes based on everything I had learned. When I first started my studies at the centre all I knew was how to do three sets of twelve - I didn’t know what it meant but that’s how I trained.

Do you use any of your graduate training in your job, and if so how?

I still have all my papers and notes form 2012 when I was there. I always go through my assignments and tutor notes to help in areas that I have not practised in a while.

I learned a lot about hypertrophy, strength endurance, and strength and power from the tutors so I only had to learn some of the finer points after graduating to be able to create advanced programing in my roles.

Periodisation (multiple fitness components aligned within a year) – is another big key in programing even though I only learned about it during studies I am now able to apply it to clients. One of the main reasons I got the strength and conditioning job was that I understood periodisation.

Speed and Agility – I learned the basics at Wintec and have continued to research and study to extend my knowledge, and am now able to create advanced level programing.

The sport science and human performance centre gives you so much information about training athletes that if you have a passion for the field you will find yourself in a very good position.

Tell us about your typical week:


6:00-7:00am Group fitness
4:30-7:30pm Strength and Conditioning: Northern Pride academy training


5:30-6:30am Personal Training
10.30-11:00am Personal Training
4:30-5:30pm Personal Training – 2 on 1 rugby league players
6:00-8:00pm Coaching - Leprechauns under 18 rugby league training. 


6:00-7:00am Group Fitness
10:30-11:30am Personal Training weight lifter
3:00-4:00pm Personal Training weight lifter
5:30-6:30pm Group fitness


5:30-7:00am Personal Training
11:00-12:00pm Personal Training
12:30-1:00pm Personal Training
1:30-3:00pm Strength and Conditioning: Track and field athlete.
3:30-4:00pm Strength and Conditioning: Soccer player.
4:30-5:30pm Personal Training – 2 on 1 rugby league players
6:00-8:00pm Coaching Leprechauns under 18 rugby league training.


6:00-7:00am Group fitness
4:30-5:30 Personal Training/Strength and Conditioning: prospective Fire fighter
5:30-6:30pm Personal Training


8:30-9:30am Personal Training
2:00-9:00pm Coaching: Innisfail Leprechauns under 18 team and running water for A Grade


8:30-9:30am Personal Training

I also have clients who I just design programmes for. I fit them in around my schedule

What are the toughest problems you have to deal with?

I have decided to sell my group fitness business to one of my clients. Telling clients you will be no longer be involved with group fitness is one of the hardest things to do, your clients aren’t just numbers they have become part of your life and even though you keep the friendship at a distance you have seen these clients come day after day, week after week and you know their life.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

For a client to reach their goal is great. For me to push them to their full potential and reach that point, that is the most rewarding part for me.

What would you look for if you were in the position to hire new graduates from Wintec?

Passion in the industry is what I would look for most.

Be able to listen and learn but also know when it’s the right time to speak and have an opinion.

Tell us about your experience at Wintec

Wintec, I owe them much more than I have expressed till now. My tutors were so good in teaching, helping and guiding me to where I am today. I one day hope to give back to the centre for sports science and human performance as much as it gave me.

I did struggle with assignments and exams when I first started, I was 32 years old and had been out of school for 17 years - imagine what using Microsoft Word was like for me! One of the first assignments I did was for Nutrition with Lillian Morton, I used size 17 font but didn’t get marked down, instead she asked why and she got me help. Being able to ask so many questions and get answers with a question back for me to go away, research and learn was great. I really enjoyed learning and knowing that when I finished I could somehow use my knowledge and start helping others.

If I had to do it over again I would be 18 when I started study instead of 32 … I would listen and study more than I did and realise that a one year course is a start not the end of learning.

If there was one message that you would say to someone starting out in Sport Science what would it be?

Knowing how to make an athlete respond, believe and work hard for you.​