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The Team behind the Team

What does go behind the scenes to keep our athletes in the best shape? Sports Science and Medicine, Sports Psychology, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Recovery, Personal Excellence and Athlete Well-being are key disciplines in maximising an athlete’s performance. Up until the Games, we will introduce you to 'the team behind the team'. In this issue we hear from Hamish Jeacocke, Head of Performance Analyst and Soft Tissue Therapist, Vince Cosentini.

Hamish Jeacocke

Where do you work and what is your role?

I work at the Australian Institute of Sport and my role is National Lead for Performance Analysis.

How many years have you worked in high-performance sport and what are some of your career highlights?

I’ve been a Performance Analyst in  HP sport for 12 years and have been fortunate to work with many amazing coaches and athletes across a wide range of sports. During this time I’ve loved helping coaches to build insight into tactics and strategy. Developing the next generation of Performance Analysts and working at both the London and Rio Olympics have been other notable highlights.

What is your role in the CGA Team? 

I’m the Performance Analysis Manager for the Australian Team.  My role at the Games is to lead a small team of Performance Analysts as we help athletes and coaches to review their performances and prepare for opponents.

What is your favourite memory from a Commonwealth Games?

I attended the Melbourne Commonwealth Games as a spectator and got to the MCG to watch Craig Mottram run the 5,000m final. Mottram kicked into the lead at around the 4000m mark and the noise from the crowd was just deafening, surging around the track each lap like a Mexican wave. Augustine Choge took the lead in the final lap with Mottram taking the silver medal.  I’ve been to some blockbuster AFL games at the G but nothing compares to the atmosphere of that evening.

What does it mean to be an official at a home Games?

It’s exciting to be part of a home Games and I’m looking forward to the way Australian’s celebrate and support all competitors as they strive to put their best performances forward on the Gold Coast in 2018.


Vince Cosentini

Where do you work and what is your role?

I am currently employed at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra as a Senior Soft Tissue Therapist.

How many years have you worked in high-performance sport and what are some of your career highlights?

I have been involved in high-performance sport for over 12 years which has included many highlights including being selected as a soft tissue therapist for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games and six World Championships across multiple sports.

What is your role in the CGA Team? 

At the upcoming GC2018, I will be part of HQ Team Performance as a Soft Tissue Therapist. Athletes can make appointments to see me or any other therapist in the team to assist with preparation and/or recovery in relation to any musculo-skeletal issue that may arise during the games period.

What is your favourite memory from a Commonwealth Games?

I can’t go past my first games as a Soft Tissue Therapist at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. This was my first selection to any multi-event competition and to have the opportunity to assist the athletes to achieve their goals was truly an amazing experience.

What does it mean to be an official at a home Games?

Words can’t describe how excited I am to be part of these home games. To potentially have opportunity for my family to come and witness some unbelievable sporting memories with me is something that all of us would cherish forever.