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Symposium Speakers

Key Note Speakers

Rod Whiteley

Rod Whiteley is a specialist sports physiotherapist originally from Australia, but working in Qatar, in the Middle East for the last 9 years with an unhealthy obsession with sports physio research in general as well as statistics. The windmill he is mostly trying to tilt is figuring out how to get more actual practitioners to understand what does and doesn’t work in sports

Invited Speakers

Kelly Sheerin

Kelly is a registered Physiotherapist and Biomechanist who leads the AUT Millennium Sports Performance Clinics. He has a clinical interest and expertise in running injuries and biomechanics. Kelly has a Masters degree in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, including research in 3D running biomechanics. He is currently completing his PhD in the area of real-time feedback in runners at risk of tibial stress fracture, and his work has been published in a number of leading international journals. Kelly also teaches anatomy and biomechanics within the School of Sport and Recreation at AUT University, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Jacinta Horan

Jacinta is a physiotherapist from Tauranga. She worked with Portugal men’s sevens team and Irish athletics team after graduating prior to returning to NZ where I took over at Bureta Physio over 14 years ago now. Since then spent 9 years with NZ women’s rugby – both Blackferns and Blackferns 7s along with HPSNZ roles with athletics, surf lifesaving and water polo. Currently working in mix of roles in private practice, as consultant sports physio at SAN Diego university and research with the HPSNZ WHISPA group.

Kim Hebert-Losier

Dr Kim Hébert‐Losier is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato and lead biomechanics researcher at the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance in Tauranga. Kim is a registered physiotherapist who has recently began to offer a specialised running clinic service. She has acquired extensive overseas experience working as a physiotherapist or applied researcher in Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, USA, and Malaysia. Kim is an expert in 3D motion analysis with clinical, research, and personal interest in running biomechanics and injury prevention.

Anthony Schneiders

Anthony (Tony) Schneiders is Head of Department for Exercise and Health Sciences and the inaugural Professor of Physiotherapy in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, at Central Queensland University (CQU). Tony is a Senior Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), International Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (IJSPT), and an international advisor to the Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). Tony is the current President of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT) and a Life Member of Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy New Zealand. His research interest has focused on the identification and management of sports concussion and expertscape.com ranks him at number 27 out of more than 5500 authors on the topic of brain concussion.

John Cronin

John Cronin is a Professor in Strength and Conditioning at AUT University, NZ.  His research interests are in human movement research particularly around strength and conditioning for sports performance, youth athletic development and sport technology, and has published over 300 peer reviewed publications. He stays fit by working a little plot of land at his home in the Kaimais, and at this stage in his life is for the most part enjoying body weight workouts as his resistance training.

Scott Peirce

Scott is a respiratory/musculoskeletal physiotherapist and is the co-owner of Breathing Works, in Auckland.  Scott specifically assesses performance based breathing from variety of hi tech and basic approaches including ultrasound imaging of diaphragm excursion and thickness, assessment of Maximal inspiratory Pressures, and from a musculoskeletal perspective.  Scott is involved in treating and rehabilitating a wide range of performance sports people including, swimmers, cyclist, rowers, and paddlers.  Scott teaches BradCliff Breathing Method physiotherapy courses, in NZ, Australia and Canada.

 Ben Lamb

Ben is the Principal Podiatrist at Christchurch’s Health and Sport Central. He has a wealth of knowledge with over 22 years of clinical experience. His primary areas of interest are in Sports Podiatry as well as orthotic therapy and fabrication.  Ben also holds qualifications in Advanced Podiatric Surgery. He works with a number of companies and organizations and is a National Clinical Director of Special Olympics.  He has worked extensively with Shoe Clinic as a technical advisor.  As the manager of a commercial orthotics laboratory, he also has significant experience and knowledge around orthotics, functional biomechanics and its role in injury management.  He presents regularly at both national and international seminars on this topic.  Ben is currently the Chairman of Podiatry New Zealand whose primary role is to advance access to, and the quality of, Podiatry in NZ.

Andrew Vane

Andrew is a New Zealand trained Orthopaedic Surgeon working at Tauranga and Grace Hospital. He specialises in hip and knee arthroplasty and sports knee problems. He is a director of the Orthopacifix charity which helps educate and provides orthopaedic expertise and equipment to the people of the Pacific Islands. Andrew is married and has 2 young children. He enjoys keeping fit by competing in triathlons.  

Workshop Speakers

Lee Spence

Lee’s current role at Netball Central is to increase the awareness and adoption of the NetballSmart program, particularly the education of coaches about the six NetballSmart principles. By adhering to these principles, coaches, players and umpires can help to reduce the incidence of injury, and ultimately create the opportunity for greater enjoyment and performance.

At this time he is also the sports scientist for the NZ football U20s and previous to joining Netball Central, he was the head of strength & conditioning at the Wellington Phoenix for five seasons. He has worked with a number of sporting organisations throughout the Wellington region, including the WRFU, Team Wellington and various club teams.

He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 with a BSc (hons) in Applied Sports Science and is currently completing his Masters in High Performance Sport through Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.