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Symposium Speaker Profiles

Key Note Speakers

Dr Phil Glasgow

Phil Glasgow has worked with some of the best athletes, coaches, sports and performers in the world. He has extensive experience in high performance sport both as an expert practitioner and as a mentor to the ‘team behind the team’.

He was the Chief Physiotherapy Officer for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he led the physiotherapy team of the most successful British Olympic Team in history.

Phil is recognized as a leader in the field of sports medicine and performance and has worked on globally consulting to International Sporting Bodies, World and Olympic Champions, as well Healthcare Providers and Commercial Businesses.

He was Head of Sports Medicine at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland for 14 years before becoming a director of performance consultancy company Refine Performance Ltd. In early 2017. Phil is particularly interested in understanding the factors that influence the development of mastery and effective performance in both sporting and professional environments. Phil is also a visiting professor of the School of Sport at Ulster University and teaches on a number of postgraduate programmes at various UK and European universities.

ASICS Presentation  – Chris Bishop

Dr Chris Bishop is a UniSA Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Sports Podiatrist based in Adelaide, South Australia. What drives Chris is helping recreational runners reach their full potential and the effect footwear can have on their performance. Chris oversees a research fellowship at UniSA in running and footwear supported by Industry Partners ASICS. He also works clinically at The Biomechanics Lab where he uses the latest in biomechanics and sports science technology to help runners stay injury free and improve their performance. His research career underpins what he does in terms of clinical practice, teaching and professional education activities. With a special interest in Sports Medicine and Biomechanics, his research has largely focused on the effect of footwear on the human body during different tasks, and the role external loads have in the development of musculoskeletal injury.

Invited Speakers – more details to come

Dr Bruce Hamilton

Dr Bruce Hamilton completed studies in Physical Education and Medicine at Otago University in NZ, prior to completing the Australasian College of Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2001.  He worked at the Australian Institute of Sport, and was Chief Medical Officer for Athletics Australia for 2001 – 2002.  Subsequently, he moved to the United Kingdom as the West Midlands Regional Lead Physician for the English Institute of Sport.  In 2005 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer to UK Athletics before moving to Qatar where he worked as a Sports Medicine Physician from 2008, and as Chief of Sports Medicine from 2010 – 2012 in Aspetar (Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital).  In 2013 Dr Hamilton was appointed Medical Lead for both High Performance Sport NZ and the NZ Olympic Committee.  He is responsible for ensuring NZ has a world class medical service to support NZ’s elite Olympic Athletes. 

Bruce has postgraduate qualifications in Tropical Medicine and Sports Law and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sports Medicine.   He has research interests in muscle injury, the medical screening of Athletes and other aspects of the care of elite athletes, and has published over 60 peer reviewed manuscripts or book chapters.  In 2017 he was awarded am MD from the University of Otago for his work in Hamstring muscle injury diagnosis and management. 

Bruce has attended four World Track and Field Championships, two World Triathlon Championships, three Commonwealth and three Olympic Games in a team medical capacity.

Dr Stephen Kara (FRNZCGP, Dip Sports Med, M Phil (Hons))

Stephen is in his 10th season as Team Doctor for The Blues Super Rugby Team, having been involved with rugby medicine since 2004. He has held previous roles with Auckland Rugby and has travelled as team doctor for NZ U19 Teams and Maori All Blacks. He works full-time within the realm of rugby medicine, is an educator for World Rugby in Pitchside Immediate Care and is Chairman of Sports Medicine NZ.

Stephen has an interest in sports related concussion and has commenced work at Axis Sports Medicine Clinic, focussing on the assessment and management of community based sports concussion.

Jordan Salesa – Physiotherapist
BHSc – Physiotherapy, PGD Sports Medicine, Masters Health Practice – Physiotherapy (Manipulative & Acupuncture), NZRP

Jordan is one of the owners of Physio Rehab Group.  He is also a performance physiotherapist at the National Training Centre (High Performance Sport NZ) where he looks after many of NZ’s top athletes.  He is also the lead physiotherapist to Swimming NZ and holds roles with rugby 7’sand gym sports.

He has extensive professional experience having been a Physiotherapist with: Manu Samoa (7’s & 15’s) 2000 -2007, Samoan Olympic & Commonwealth Games Team – Sydney 2000, Manchester 2002, NZ Olympic & Commonwealth Games Team – Athens 2004, Melbourne 2006, Beijing 2008, New Delhi 2010, London 2012, Glasgow 2014, Rio  2016 & has been appointed to the Gold Coast CWG for 2018.

Justin Ralph (PGD HSc )- Physiotherapist

Justin is a performance physiotherapist with HPSNZ based in Cambridge, primarily working with cycling NZ. He has previously worked with para-cycling from 2011-2016 including the London and Rio Paralympic Games. Justin has a special interest in the field of bike fitting which continues to evolve with his new full time roll with cycling NZ.




Rob Moran BSc(ClinSci), MHSc(Osteo) – Osteopath

Rob has qualifications in human physiology, clinical science and a Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).  He works as a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the Department of Osteopathy at Unitec Institute of Technology where he is heavily involved in teaching and postgraduate research thesis supervision. Since 2012 Rob has assisted in pre-season screening for The Blues Super Rugby Team including the Functional Movement Screen, Y-balance test, and Landing Error Scoring System. Recently he’s been involved in the development of movement assessment tools for World Rugby Referees.  He is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Otago (School of Physiotherapy) investigating the aetiology of injury and illness in non-elite CrossFit athletes including training load and movement quality as predictors.


Matt Wood

Matt is an Exercise Science Lecturer at the School of Sport and Recreation AUT. He lectures in conjunction with being the Manager of the AUT Millennium Human Potential Clinic. This specialist clinic provides clinical exercise physiology services for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.  

Matt has previously provided sports physiology services for athletes, however, over the last 10 years he has focused on the development of exercise assessments and programmes for the management of chronic of health conditions. Matt has a special interest in improving exercise related processes for managing clinical clients in the NZ fitness and medical industries, working with large organisations to improve client care.

 His research interests include a variety of clinical, occupational and sports physiology projects; with a current focus on ways of optimising exercise prescription for cancer rehabilitation.


Jez Fanstone – Coach

Jez has been involved in sail boat racing since learning to sail as an eight-year-old on the south coast of the UK and he has turned this passion into a career which has included four Olympic Games, two Round the World Races and most major regattas around the world.

In 2009 he started working with Yachting New Zealand to build the New Zealand Sailing Team towards success in London 2012 and Rio 2016.  His goal was to take individual campaigns and to build a program that had good systems in place and great people who were prepared to work together to make this successful and sustainable over multiple campaigns and multiple Olympics.

In 2012 the team came back with 2 medals (Gold for Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie and Silver for Peter Burling and Blair Tuke).  In 2016 there were 4 medals (Gold for Peter and Blair, Silvers for Jo and Polly plus Alex Maloney and Molly Meech and a Bronze for Sam Meech) making the NZL Sailing Team the top New Zealand Olympic sport.


Neil Tucker – Physiotherapist

Neil has been a physiotherapist for 16 years. From Auckland originally, he now lives in Christchurch with his wife and two kids. Neil started working in Private practice and completed his Masters of Health Science at AUT. After two years working at Pure Sports Medicine in London he went on to work for Munster Rugby for 3 seasons. Neil has spent the last 5 years working full time for the Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby. He has a special interest in High Performance Injury Reconditioning and hip and groin injuries.


Michael O’Brien – Physiotherapist

Michael is the current head physiotherapist for the National Premier League & National Youth League programmes at Melbourne Victory Football Club. Clinically he works at Lifecare Malvern Sports Medicine where he sees primarily hip and groin injuries, working closely with some of Melbourne’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, physicians and physiotherapists. He also works as a research assistant at La Trobe University’s Sports and Exercise Medicine Research centre where he is assisting on the FORCE project, a study looking into hip and groin pain in Soccer and AFL. He also tutors on courses as part of The Hip & Groin Clinic. He hails from Auckland originally, graduating from AUT in 2008. He has spent his career working in a variety of settings across New Zealand, Scotland, England and Australia.