About the Event
The Global Sports PD High Performance Summit is a two-day online & free conference that brought together world-class speakers and presenters from around the world to discuss current trends, innovation, resources and opportunities in sports medicine and high-performance sporting programs.
The 2022 Global Sports PD High Performance Summit took place on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of November (Australian Eastern Standard Time) via our immersive online event platform. Bringing together speakers from High Performance Sport in Australia, USA, the UK and more, the event discussed a wide range of topics surrounding high performance in elite sport, engaging allied health professionals, high performance staff, emerging sports professionals, coaches, educators and students from across the world.
This Summit created an environment for leaders in the industry to come together, offering participants the opportunity to gain practical learnings to implement in their own environment, improving personal or organisational outcomes. Streamed via our online event platform, delegates were able to continue on their professional development journey through informative and insightful sessions that are available via replay through the event platform.
Carmen Colomer, Director of Sports Science at the Philadelphia 76ers
Virtual Conference Hall at the 2021 Gold Coast Elite Sports Conference
Nicholas Potter, Director of High Performance & Sports Science, Duke University (Basketball)
Focussed on High Performance in Elite Sport from experts from International Sporting Organisations including the NBA, MLS, Pac-12, EPL and other elite program leaders.
Live & Recorded
All sessions are either produced live or before the summit commences. All session recordings are available on the event platform.
Each attendee received a Certificate of Attendance, together with a letter outlining your participation and the sessions and topics covered during the program.
Option to submit anonymous questions prior to each session or during live webinars.
This year’s summit was free to register via our Eventbrite page.
Elite Basketball Performance & Operations Advisor, National Basketball Association (NBA)
Jon is a high-performance sport leader with a track record of influencing and impacting performance of coaches, athletes, and staff across the globe. In the last 15 years, Jon has worked across a number of sports working in professional soccer with Liverpool FC and the England National soccer teams, the Australian Football League with the Western Bulldogs FC and Gold Coasts SUNS FC, and in his current role as Performance and Operations Advisor for Elite Basketball at the NBA.
Alongside his roles in professional sport and since obtaining a PhD, Jon has developed an internationally recognized research and industry impact portfolio containing >50 peer-reviewed journal publications and professional media articles, and >60 public speaking communications. Jon is passionate about organizational leadership, culture, and people development and their effects on human and team performance optimization.
High Performance Consultant
Phil joined LA Galaxy (MLS) as Director of Performance and Sport Science in January 2020 after spending over 12 years with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in England (EPL), where he most recently served as the head of their medical department since 2012.
Whilst with Wolves, Phil oversaw a department of 30 full-time medical and sports science professionals to provide player care to optimize health and physical conditions. As the head of the medical department, he implemented various sports science systems and processes club-wide to support physical development and care for the Premier League squad.
Phil first started with Wolves FC in 2008, where he served as the head of Academy Medical Services before moving into a role as the first-team physiotherapist in 2011. Prior to his time with the Wolves, he was the head of the medical department for Oldham Rugby League Club and served as a Physiotherapist in the NHS and with Bolton Wanderers FC Academy.
In 2018, his Wolves department were recognized as the Medical Team of the Year by the Football Medical Association in the English Championship, whilst the following season he led his team to an all-time record for squad availability of 98.5% during the 2018-19 Premier League Season.
Dr Joanna Parsonage
Research and Innovation Manager, Surfing Australia
Dr Joanna Parsonage is the research and innovation manager at Surfing Australia High-performance Program. She received her PhD from Edith Cowan University in 2018, examining the gender differences in strength and power characteristics of competitive surfers. Dr Parsonage has over 10 years’ experience as an applied sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Her passion is applying evidence-based research within a high-performance daily training environment, identifying a “sweet spot” between robust lab-based data collection and that of ecologically valid data collected in the field. Dr Parsonages’ current research is focused on the application of new and innovative technologies that will give Australian surfers a competitive advantage on the world stage and at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Her athlete centred, coach facilitated and performance focused philosophy, aims to not only understand what it takes to win today, but also what will fast track progression tomorrow.
Director of High Performance & Sports Science; Duke University (Basketball)
Nicholas Potter is the Director of High Performance and Sports Science for Duke University Men’s Basketball Program. During his 15 years with Duke Basketball, the team has won 2 National Championships, 6 ACC Tournament Championships and currently has 24 former players in the NBA.
A key outcome of Potter’s role at Duke has been the strategic integration of cutting-edge sports science technology, with the latest medical interventions, and advanced performance training methods with a traditionally elite basketball program. Potter has also established a comprehensive system of data collection, detailed analysis, and practical reporting to maximize athlete development, recovery, holistic wellness and readiness for optimal performance.
Potter has lectured over 40 times nationally and internationally, as well as authored several journal articles and book chapters. He has consulted with athletes throughout the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, MLB, NASCAR, NRL and Serie A. Potter also provides medical coverage for the USA Olympic team, previously covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Head of Performance Intelligence and Analytics, Collingwood Football Club (AFL)
Anthony graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science from RMIT in 2014 and immediately begun work with Collingwood Football Club in 2015 as their VFL Performance Analyst. Since then, he has completed his Master of Business IT at RMIT, become an Advisory Committee Member at RMIT for their Medical Science Program, completed his AFL Level 2 Coaching Accreditation and been promoted to his current role of Head of Performance Intelligence and Analytics at the Collingwood Football Club. As part of this role Anthony works closely with the coaches to make timely and educated strategic decisions, as well as lead all analytical insights during the week and match day. Additionally, Anthony is a sessional lecturer at RMIT specialising in Performance Analytics.
Exercise Physiologist & Professional Athlete
Harriet is an Exercise Physiologist (ESSA) with over 10 years’ experience working in the clinical and sporting setting. She has a keen interest in the topic of female athlete health. Over the past few years, Harriet has focused on working with young female athletes to help them understand what a healthy menstrual cycle is and how to understand their bodies better to benefit their training and performance. Harriet is passionate about helping female athletes and coaches feel more comfortable talking about their menstrual cycle and has presented on this topic to numerous schools and sporting clubs.
Harriet holds a Level 2 certificate in Strength and Conditioning (ASCA), Level 2 Pilates Instructor, Development Coach (Surf Life Saving Australia) and is currently undertaking a Certificate IV in Elite Athlete Wellbeing (Wellbeing Science Institute).
Harriet is also an elite athlete and is the current World Ironwoman Champion, World Board Race Champion and Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series Champion. Harriet combines her experience as an Exercise Physiologist and elite athlete to help make more sense of the under researched topic of ‘female athletes’.
Head of Strength and Conditioning - LA Galaxy (Major League Soccer)
Adam Waterson has extensive experience in working with various professional soccer teams throughout Australia , Asia & USA. These teams include Parramatta Power, 2004 Australian Olympic Soccer Team, Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers, FC Seoul & Los Angeles Galaxy. He was part of the successful WSW team that won the Premiers Plate and also the Asian Champions League.
Waterson graduated from Australian Catholic University in Exercise and Sports Science, is a Level 3 Strength & Conditioning Coach with the ASCA & also holds a UEFA Coaching C License accreditation.
Executive Director High Performance, Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport
Aaron has been involved in elite sport for more than 2 decades as an athlete, coach, practitioner and administrator, working across 36 different National Sport Federations in the Asia Pacific & Africa regions. Aaron has post-graduate qualifications in sports coaching, high performance sport, strength & conditioning, sport management and has completed the world’s first Nationally recognised elite athlete wellbeing accreditation. Recognised for his work specialising in creating National Coach & Athlete Development systems & along with establishing National High-Performance training systems & Sport Institutes. A key thematic pillar of Aaron’s work has been to support leaders and staff of High Performance systems and National High Performance programs to apply evidence-based holistic athlete performance and wellbeing strategies with their programs to support whole of system outcomes. Currently Aaron is the Executive Director for the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport and is the Co-Chair of ICCE – Coach Development systems in Emerging Nations committee.
Lead Physical Preparation Coach, Victorian Institute of Sport / Melbourne Vixens
David is the Lead Physical Preparation Coach for the Melbourne Vixens Netball Team. David’s main role is driving the physical preparation and standards of individuals and team performance whilst working within an inter-disciplinary team. This includes working closely with the head coach, physiotherapist, doctor, dietitian and performance lifestyle delivering individual, rehabilitation and team performance plans.
Prior to this David spent over 8 years working within Australian Hockey including with the Australian Men’s National Hockey team more recently as the Head of Strength and Conditioning for the Australian Women’s Hockey Team leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
David has a passion for athletic development, particularly within long term athletic development ensuring an effective model and framework is in place to maximize longevity and physical progression within the sporting pathway.
Sports Science Sports Medicine Manager, Cricket Victoria & Physiotherapist, Victorian Men's Cricket
Dr Craig Duncan
Human Performance Strategist, 2014 Australian Sports Scientist of the Year
Dr Craig Duncan is one of the world’s leading human performance strategists, with a track record of helping sporting teams, business organisations and individuals to maximise their potential.
Over the past decade, he has worked with more than 75 sporting organisations in multiple codes, in a career that’s taken him to 50 countries on four continents.
Dr Duncan’s innovative and holistic approach to human performance science has driven elite athletes to excel at the highest levels of competition.
He was the chief architect of the NSW State of Origin team’s performance science strategy during the side’s drought- breaking victories in 2014 and 2018.
He overhauled the Australian Socceroos’ fitness regime for the national team’s first-ever Asian Cup victory in 2015, and played a crucial role in preparing the squad to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Craig also worked with the Matildas squad when they beat Brazil to reach the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup, and the following year when the team qualified for the quarter finals at the 2016 RIO Olympics.
He led the sports science team that directly contributed to the history-making performance of the Western Sydney Wanderers FC, in winning the Asian Champions League in 2014, and contesting the A-League grand final in 2016.
More recently, Craig worked with Iran’s National Football Team, Team Melli at the 2019 Asian Cup, where they made the semi-finals and the United Arab Emirates National Men’s Team where they made the quarter finals of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 and attempt to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
No matter which hat he’s wearing, Dr Duncan’s goal is simple: to use his expertise and professionalism to get the best out of people.
He is an accomplished speaker, who presents regularly to teams and organisations on how to reach peak performance, be that in the boardroom, in the office or on the sporting stage.
In recent years, Craig has worked extensively as an executive coach in the corporate environment, implementing unique strategies that have been proven to enhance the potential of employees and management.
He uses high-level performance science and cutting-edge technology, developed at the pinnacle of professional sport, and tailors a strategy to suit the needs of individual clients.
Dr Duncan has also excelled in the academic arena, successfully developing and implementing postgraduate courses, including the Master of High Performance Sport and the Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis at Australian Catholic University.
His achievements were formally recognised in 2014, when he was awarded Australian Sport Scientist of the year.
Head of Sports Science, Houston Dynamo FC (MLS)
Alex Calder is the Head of Sports Science with Houston Dynamo, competing in the Major League Soccer (MLS). He is an accredited Level 3-Elite Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), as well as holding accreditations through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). Having worked in a variety of sports, he has coached at different levels of competition worldwide for the past decade. He has published several articles in relation to physical preparation and analysis.
Physical Performance Manager, Cricket Australia
Andrew Weller has Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees in both Human Movement and Physiotherapy. He has broad experience across Sports Science and Sports Medicine having worked in the AFL at St Kilda and Gold Coast Suns football clubs. Currently he is the Senior Sports Science and Sports Medicine Performance Manager at Cricket Australia.
Australian Women's Team Physiotherapist & SSSM Co-ordinator, Cricket Australia
Kate is an APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist with a broad range of experience across high performance sport. Kate is currently the team physio and Sport Science Sports Medicine Co-ordinator for the Australian Women’s cricket team. She has previously held multiple roles at Football Australia including 10 years as Matildas’ lead physio.
Head Sports Physiotherapist. Tasmania JackJumpers
Ryan is an APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist based in Hobart, Tasmania. His current role with the Tasmania Basketball team involves the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries as they occur, but also co-ordinating and leading the Medical team in risk mitigation and athlete wellbeing. The role is also unique in that as a new franchise, the program needed to be set up and systems developed. This has been an integral factor for the smooth transition into the league.
Ryan has had ~10 working with basketball in Australia, starting with local club Devonport Warriors, developing his skills at Junior National camps, working at NBL1 level with the Tasmania Thunder before working with Australian National Junior teams and then being part of the Sports Medicine team of the Boomers, Australia’s National Men’s basketball team.
Prior to his role with the , Ryan worked in private practice with , which exposed him to a variety of injuries, age groups and demographics with a particular interest in adolescent athletes. Being in a regional area, it highlighted the importance of the community and the need for educating the active population on injury prevention, management and rehabilitation.
Ryan gained his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy through Latrobe University in Melbourne. This enabled him to gain his Titling through the Australian Physiotherapy Association. He is currently a registrar in the Specialisation process through the Australian College of Physiotherapy.
Other experiences in sport have included the 2019 Youth Olympic Games with the Australian Team as well as working with Tennis, Triathlon and Athletics.
Dr Tannath Scott
National Physical Performance Lead, Netball Australia & Athletic Performance Coach, Brisbane Lions
Tannath is a strength and conditioning coach and sports scientist with 10+ years of working within elite sporting organisations. Tannath has worked in both an applied and research settings, completing his doctorate in Sport and Exercise Science through Victoria University, whilst working across NRL, AFLW and Netball. He is currently the National Physical Performance Lead for Netball Australia and an accredited exercise and sports scientist (ESSA) and strength and conditioning coach (ASCA).
The 2022 Global Sports PD High Performance Summit was held on Wednesday the 16th of November and Thursday 17th of November.
On Demand Sessions are available to delegates to review post event.