Sports Performance

The TIS Sports Performance Unit (SPU) has a purpose built and nationally accredited Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) which has been in existence at the Silverdome premises since 1997. In 2007, a strength facility was constructed alongside the HPL providing a state of the art gym to the TIS headquarters

In addition, the TIS have an HPL and Physical Preparation services located in Hobart at Technology Park.

The Sports Performance Unit conducts a wide range of tests on scholarship holders and identified athletes and provides information to coaches and athletes regarding performance. In conjunction with this information there is assistance with training and competition and the provision of up to date information in the sports performance field.

Testing can be divided in to two areas: Laboratory and Field testing.

Laboratory testing is conducted at the TIS in the HPL, while field testing is conducted at different sporting venues depending on the sport. Athletes are expected to present themselves for testing in a manner which will allow them to achieve their best.

Field testing is conducted in the main for team sports.

Testing includes:

  • Anthropometry
  • Explosive power
  • Sprint speed
  • Change of direction
  • Flexibility
  • Abdominal Strength
  • Endurance (using the 20m shuttle run test)
  • Sports Specific Tests (depending on the national protocol)

For more details on Sport Performance:

John Gregory
Senior Scientist

Ben Scarlett
Sports Performance Officer

Jake Cowin
Sports Performance Officer

Physical Preparation

The TIS strength and conditioning (S&C) unit represents one of the main components of any athletes training program. The aim of the unit is to provide specialist services in planning, delivering and monitoring training programs to assist the TIS’s athletes and coaches meet or exceed the physical demands required for a high performance athlete. This is achieved through the services of three full time S&C coaches, a PhD candidate and a Scholarship coach.

The current TIS S&C coaches have worked extensively with TIS athletes over the previous three Olympic cycles (as well as World Championship and Commonwealth Games campaigns) and have assisted athletes gain medals and performances throughout that time. Several national programs (i.e. Rowing Australia) also utilise the TIS’s S&C coaches to prepare athletes to the highest level.

The TIS S&C coaches have access to some of the best technology to assess and monitor training performance to ensure they are able to maximise physical performance. These include items such as GymAware Linear Position Transducers, ForceDecks Dual Force Plates Catapult GPS units, automated light gates, video analysis programs.

TIS S&C coaches provide services in the areas of speed, agility, endurance, strength, power and flexibility, along with injury prevention, management and rehabilitation. A thorough understanding of periodisation and the needs analysis of competition and athletes ensures that the TIS S&C coaches can produce programs that not only maximise long-term athlete development, but also prepare athletes for national and international competitions. This work is performed in consultation with TIS head coaches, sport scientists and sport medical network ensuring a coordinated approach to the development of every athlete.

The TIS strength and conditioning coaches are available to assist TIS athletes and coaches in designing and implementing these programs so as to maximise long term athlete development and performance gains.

For more details on Physical Preparation:

Peter Culhane
Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

Annabelle Anderson
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Michael King
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sports Medicine Network

The TIS has a consultant network throughout Tasmania who provide services to athletes and coaches in the following areas:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Performance Nutrition
  • Performance Psychology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Optometry

On entry into the Tasmanian Institute of Sport all athletes undergo a mandatory medical and musculoskeletal screening.

SPORTS MEDICINE (external consultants)

NameOrganisationEmail and Telephone
Dr Ian BeltzGlenorchy Medical CentreEmail:
Phone: (03) 6274 0800
Dr David Humphries
Dr Steve Reid
Dr Liam Geraghty
Sports Medicine Practice – HobartPhone: (03) 6231 9225
Dr Glen RichardsonLaunceston Medical Centre Email: 
Phone: (03) 6388 8111
Dr Jerome Muir Wilson Launceston Medical Centre Email:
Phone: 03 6388 8111
Dr John FisherPatrick Street Clinic – UlverstoneEmail:
Phone: (03) 6425 1611

PHYSIOTHERAPY CONTACTS (external consultants)


Email and Telephone

Sally McLaine
Lia Giovanovits
Physiotas – LauncestonEmail:
Phone: (03) 6334 0622
Peter EckhardtBack in Motion – HobartEmail:
Phone: (03) 6231 3939
Kellie Wilkie
Kate Moore
Nic Wilson
Fiona Hamilton
Bodysystem Physiotherapy – HobartEmail:
Phone: (03) 6231 5991
Chrissy TadrosAll Care Physiotherapy – Sandy BayEmail:
Phone: (03) 6224 9777

Stewart Williamson

Ben Hayes

Ian McHugh

Leap Health – Newtown

Leap Health – Rosny

Leap Health – Kingston
Phone: (03) 6228 0756
Phone:(03) 6244 7747
Phone: (03) 6229 3005
Ryan CarrollPhysio Tas – Devonport

Phone: (03) 6424 7511

Damien Moore Coastal Physiotherapy – Burnie

Phone: (03) 6431 4586

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY CONTACTS (external consultants)


Email and Telephone

Lydia BlackFocused Psychology Services – South*Email:
Phone: (03) 6118 4944

*Based in this region, can travel statewide

SPORTS NUTRITION CONTACTS (external consultants)


Email and Telephone

Gaye Rutherford Consultant Dietitian – South*Email:
Phone: 0409 149 247
Maree TaylorConsultant Dietitian – South*Email:
Phone: 0408 131 683
Jaymeila WebbConsultant Dietitian – North*

Phone: 0428 205 285

*Based in this region, can travel statewide

SPORTS PODIATRIST CONTACTS (external consultants)


Email and Telephone

Jason CookFoot Ankle & Rehabilitation Clinic (FARC) – LauncestonEmail:
Phone: (03) 6327 1920