Where do you work and what is your role?
I am a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician, based in Sydney, working in private practice and as Medical Director for NSWIS. I also have Medical roles with the PGA Golf Tour, Football NSW, Sailing, Rugby Australia, Gold Coast Titans, Australian Paralympic Team and the Invictus Games.
How many years have you worked in high-performance sport and what are some of your career highlights?
My medical background was originally in General Practice and I have worked in high-performance sport since 2000, starting with following the Olympic Torch relay around Australia, resuscitating one runner who collapsed and running a leg myself in Broome….in front of absolutely zero spectators!
I was exposed to much bigger crowds in the London and Rio Paralympic Games
What is your role in the CGA Team?
Team Doctor in Headquarters.
I will be part of a fantastic medical team, working alongside the other doctors, physios, soft tissue therapists and our team dietician to look after Australian team athletes and officials.
What is your favourite memory from a Commonwealth Games?
I’ve grown up watching Comm Games TV coverage since Brisbane 1982 and actually still remember Robert de Castella running down the Tanzanians for a famous victory. Otherwise, swimming has provided great memories and of course Norman May celebrating the world records and the victories.
What does it mean to be an official at a home Games?
GC2018 will be my first Comm Games team experience and a home Games is a very special way to start. I look forward to the atmosphere and hospitality that Australians uniquely provide, welcoming visitors from around the world, creating a buzz and excitement as records fall, extraordinary efforts are witnessed and medals are won. It is the athletes who need to be celebrated and along with the rest of the team officials, I will be proud to walk alongside and support them.