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OUR STORY

"Athletes Don't Care How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care."

Written By Karl Goodman, Director & Founder.

The original Athletes Authority founded in 2016.

There is an inside joke that all great S&C coaches are failed athletes who live vicariously through the athletes they train. I'm definitely no exception.

By the time I had finished my university degree, I had tried and failed twice at being an athlete. The first was as a baseballer. I was quick to find success, representing NSW by the time I was 12. By the time I was 16, I was burned out, exhausted and without the support network to deal with the pressure. I quit and never looked back. I wish I didn't.

A few years later, I got into cycling (I know, one of those guys everyone loves to hate). I was good at that too. By the time I was 23, I was racing at the highest standard in Australia. The pressure got to me again. When the going got tough, I couldn't handle it. I quit, again.

At this point, you're probably wondering why you'd want to join an athlete development facility where one of the owners had two incredible opportunities to be a professional athlete but didn't take either of them. I don't have a good defence.

I tell my athletes about this all the time. It's the part of my story that I wish I could rewrite. I wish I knew then, what I know now because I would have found somewhere like Athletes Authority so I didn't bear the weight of the pressure alone. So instead, we've created a facility that a lot of people call 'the institute of sport in private sector' to help athletes achieve what I wasn't able to.

It's a similar story for Lachy. A tonne of talent that never got realised. The difference between Lachy and I is that he was able to transfer his energy into the success of his athletes from an early age.

By the time he was 24, he became the GWS Giants second ever employee. He helped transform a young squad of 18-year-olds into premiership contenders only a few years later. He then got approached by the Parramatta Eels in 2018 to help bring the club back to its proud former glory. It only took him two seasons to bring them back into finals contention (can you tell I'm proud?).

Anyway, enough about us. No doubt you want to hear about the origins of Athletes Authority, and how we got here. Check out the timeline below, and you can see the transformation come to life.

 

TIMELINE

It all started in November of 2015 with an idea -- create a facility that lived and breathed athletic development. At the time, I was working as an S&C coach at St Aloysius College and running the strength and conditioning program at Gordon Rugby in the Shute Shield.

Way back then, I had no idea how I was going to turn an idea into what we are today, but I wanted to give it a red hot crack. I came up with the name 'Athletes Authority' and my best mate designed the logo -- two A's stacked on top of each other in the shape of mountain peaks. It symbolised reaching for higher, achieving more, and working hard with a sense of purpose on your way to the top. When you got there, there was always 'another mountain to climb' and another goal to achieve. I've put a photo down the bottom so you can see what the first iteration looked like.

By February, the idea became reality. I moved into an old run-down office above a smash repairs; the first photo of myself lying on the floor (after a whole day moving equipment in) captures that moment.

The next photo is everything built and the walls painted. Those two rooms you can see was it. About 60 sqm total. The rest of the space was where I lived.. but it didn't take long for me to convert that into another lifting area (that's the next photo across with the cool graffiti). I moved myself and all my belongings into a 3x2m bedroom and I slept on the floor. My best mate Shawn, slept on the couch above me.

Looking back, I can't believe I so willingly lived like that... oh to be young again.

Starting out and despite the name, it was more of a PT studio than anything else. If I'm honest, anyone who wanted to train in a beaten-down office above a smash repairs was more than welcome to join. Athletic or not, I welcomed them in.

And so it grew. From humble beginnings, people began talking about the no-bs gym somewhere in Pymble. It was everything a normal gym wasn't. It was rough around the edges and clearly something that was created by a non-savvy businessman.

Either because or in spite of this, it only took us 7 months to be bursting at the seams. No matter what I did to change the layout, there was never enough space. It was time to leave Athletes Authority 1.0.

Looking back, 2017 was a year of huge growth and transformation for us. At the back end of the year prior, it was a whirlwind few months. We had moved into our new facility in Artarmon; Scott one of the coaches had a freak accident in the surf where he broke his neck and became quadriplegic (that photo down below is the first time back in the gym only 4 months later; you don't know tenacity till you know Scott), and, my naivety in business almost sent me bankrupt. Evidently, you can't just operate a business on good intentions. Through sheer grit (certainly not my business intellect), I got through my first 'Christmas' -- a notoriously bad time to own a gym -- and would re-acquaint with my business partner, Lachlan.

After showing his support during one of our charity lifts for Scott's fundraiser (that's the second photo under the banner #liftwithscott, Lachlan sent me a message with the following question:

"Hey mate. What would you be looking for in a business partner?"

At the time, he was working at the GWS Giants, having been a mentor for a short while during my university degree.

Long story short, a month later, we were business partners.

That's when we really stepped it up a gear. We rebranded, changing the logo from the original yellow to what it is today. We replaced the mismatched gear and relaid the floor. Over the course of the year, we invested over $200,000 in the facility completely transforming it from the 'family vibe' into a high-performance facility. You can see the transformation in the photos for yourself.

With that, we launched our 'Athlete Development Program', which only three short years later, would become one of the leading programs in S&C in Australia. It's so popular its been copied countless times by other facilities and coaches (which we don't mind; as they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery).

Even though we'd radically transformed the physical side, we were still at the stage where anyone who wanted to join, could join. That would all change in 2018.

 

 

 

If 2017 was the year of growth and transformation, 2018 was the year we pruned it all right back. We had grown quickly and at one point, we hit 200 active members.

While it looked busy from the outside, the culture was moving away from our original intentions -- we were becoming less and less about the athlete and that needed to change.

We peeled it right back, removing traditional Personal Training and scaling back Gym Memberships. This left us with our three coaching programs: the Athlete Development Program, Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting. If you didn't compete in your sport, we weren't the facility for you.

Just after this transition, we launched our first mentorship. Being able to share our systems and ideas that were helping us become a facility predicated on our results was incredibly rewarding. We didn't realise it back then, but it would take our facility to another level -- by teaching our ideas, our own comprehension and expertise rapidly increased. By the start of 2019, we were now considered to be "one of the leaders in private sector in athlete development in Australia" (not our words).

Slowly but surely, the vision was turning into reality. But in our eyes, we weren't there yet.

This was the year we went 'all in' in every sense of the phrase.

Up until this point, we referred out for physio and contracted coaches to run our powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting programs.

In 2019 we trimmed everything else off and dedicated solely to athletes who use the gym to better prepare for the sport. Powerlifting was wound up and so was Olympic weightlifting. This marked the start of an era where we dedicated completely to athletic development. Three years after the vision was founded, Lachlan and I made it a reality.

We rapidly turned this into our very own 'Institute of Sport'; we brought in the best systems that Sports Physiotherapy had to offer, as well as a dedicated recovery zone. If there was a 1% out there, we'd incorporate it.

It's also the year we went 'all-in' in our personal lives. Lachlan got married to his beautiful wife Dom and my wife Nicky gave birth to our first child: a healthy baby boy called Huey.

Lachlan also left Parramatta Eels after finishing the job he was contracted to do -- build a team capable of contesting for a premiership. In 2019, he helped take the club from literally, the wooden spoon, to dominating in the first round of the finals against Brisbane. That would end up being Lachlan's penultimate match wearing Blue & Gold; it was time for him to wear Black & Grey full-time.

With Lachlan integrating into the business at the end of 2019 after 10 years in pro sport, we were finally able to put the final touches on our 'first-born.'

It's grown into something hard to imagine. Our facility is filled with incredible athletes hungry for more; our team is second to none and the joy we get doing our jobs is something most people spend their life looking for. We know we're lucky, and can't wait to look after many more hundreds of athletes in the coming years as they go from strength to strength.

For now, stay tuned. We'll update at the end of 2020.

-- Karl

 

OUR STORY

"Athletes Don't Care How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care."

Written By Karl Goodman, Director & Founder.

The original Athletes Authority founded in 2016.

An inside joke amongst the strength and conditioning community is that we're all failed athletes who live vicariously through the athletes we train. I'm definitely no exception.

By the time I had finished my university degree, I had tried and failed twice at being an athlete. The first was as a baseballer. I was quick to find success, representing NSW by the time I was 12. By the time I was 16, I was burned out, exhausted and without the support network to deal with the pressure. I quit and never looked back. I wish I didn't.

A few years later, I got into cycling (I know, one of those guys everyone loves to hate). I was good at that too. By the time I was 23, I was racing at the highest standard in Australia. The pressure got to me again. When the going got tough, I couldn't handle it. I quit, again.

At this point, you're probably wondering why you'd want to join an athlete development facility where one of the owners had two incredible opportunities to be a professional athlete but didn't take either of them. I don't have a good defence.

I tell my athletes about this all the time. It's the part of my story that I wish I could rewrite. I wish I knew then, what I know now because I would have found somewhere like Athletes Authority so I didn't bear the weight of the pressure alone. So instead, we've created a facility that a lot of people call 'the institute of sport in private sector' to help athletes achieve what I wasn't able to.

It's a similar story for Lachy. A tonne of talent that never got realised. The difference between Lachy and I is that he was able to transfer his energy into the success of his athletes from an early age.

By the time he was 24, he became the GWS Giants second ever employee. He helped transform a young squad of 18-year-olds into premiership contenders only a few years later. He then got approached by the Parramatta Eels in 2018 to help bring the club back to its proud former glory. It only took him two seasons to bring them back into finals contention (can you tell I'm proud?).

Anyway, enough about us. No doubt you want to hear about the origins of Athletes Authority, and how we got here. Check out the timeline below, and you can see the transformation come to life.

 

TIMELINE

It all started in November of 2015 with an idea -- create a facility that lived and breathed athletic development. At the time, I was working as an S&C coach at St Aloysius College and running the strength and conditioning program at Gordon Rugby in the Shute Shield.

Way back then, I had no idea how I was going to turn an idea into what we are today, but I wanted to give it a red hot crack. I came up with the name 'Athletes Authority' and my best mate designed the logo -- two A's stacked on top of each other in the shape of mountain peaks. It symbolised reaching for higher, achieving more, and working hard with a sense of purpose on your way to the top. When you got there, there was always 'another mountain to climb' and another goal to achieve.

By February, the idea became reality. I moved into an old run-down office above a smash repairs; the first photo of myself lying on the floor (after a whole day moving equipment in) captures that moment.

The next photo across is everything built and the walls painted. Those two rooms you can see was it. About 60sqm total. The rest of the space was where I lived.. but it didn't take long for me to convert that into another lifting area (that's the next photo across). I moved myself and all my belongings into a 3x2m bedroom and I slept on the floor. My best mate Shawn, slept on the couch above me.

Looking back, I can't believe I so willingly lived like that... oh to be young again.

Starting out and despite the name, it was more of a PT studio than anything else. If I'm honest, anyone who wanted to train in a beaten-down office above a smash repairs was more than welcome to join. Athletic or not, I welcomed them in.

By the end of that first year, we were bursting at the seams. No matter what I did, there was never enough space. It was time to leave Athletes Authority 1.0.

AA Logo
Equipment Delivery
Front Room
Back Room | Athletes Authority in 2016

Looking back, 2017 was a year of huge growth and transformation for us. At the back end of the year prior, it was a whirlwind few months. We had moved into our new facility in Artarmon; Scott one of the coaches had a freak accident in the surf where he broke his neck and became quadriplegic, and, my naivety in business almost sent me bankrupt. Evidently, you can't just operate a business on good intentions. Through sheer grit (certainly not my business intellect), I got through my first 'Christmas' -- a notoriously bad time to own a gym -- and would re-acquaint with my business partner, Lachlan.

After showing his support during one of our charity lifts for Scott's fundraiser, Lachlan sent me a message with the following question:

"Hey mate. What would you be looking for in a business partner?"

At the time, he was working at the GWS Giants, having been a mentor for a short while during my university degree.

Long story short, a month later, we were business partners.

That's when we really stepped it up a gear. We rebranded, changing the logo from the original yellow to what it is today. We replaced the mismatched gear and relaid the floor. Over the course of the year, we invested over $200,000 in the facility completely transforming it from the 'family vibe' into a high-performance facility. You can see the transformation in the photos for yourself.

With that, we launched our 'Athlete Development Program', which only three short years later, would become one of the leading programs in S&C in Australia. It's so popular its been copied over 50 times by other facilities and coaches (which we don't mind; as they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery).

Even though we'd radically transformed the physical side, we were still at the stage where anyone who wanted to join, could join. That would all change in 2018.

Karl Scott | Athletes Authority
LW KG | #liftwithscott
Athletes Authority 2017
Post Flooring

If 2017 was the year of growth and transformation, 2018 was the year we pruned it all right back. We had grown quickly and at one point, we hit 200 active members.

While it looked busy from the outside, the culture was moving away from our original intentions -- we were becoming less and less about the athlete, and that needed to change.

We peeled it right back, removing Personal Training and Gym Memberships. This left us with our three coaching programs: the Athlete Development Program, Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting. If you didn't compete in your sport, we weren't the facility for you.

Just after this transition, we launched our first mentorship. Being able to share our systems and ideas that were helping us become a facility predicated on our results was incredibly rewarding. We didn't realise it back then, but it would take our facility to another level -- by teaching our ideas, our own comprehension and expertise rapidly increased. By the start of 2019, we were now considered to be "leading the private sector in athlete development in Australia" (not our words).

Slowly but surely, the vision was turning into reality. But in our eyes, we weren't there yet.

Testing
Mentorship
PL
OWL
Athletes Authority | Speed Mechanics

This was the year we went 'all in' in every sense of the phrase.

Up until this point, we referred out for physio and contracted coaches to run our powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting programs.

In 2019 we trimmed everything else off and dedicated solely to athletes who use the gym to better prepare for the sport. Powerlifting was wound up and so was Olympic weightlifting. This marked the start of an era where we dedicated completely to athletic development. Three years after the vision was founded, Lachlan and I made it a reality.

We rapidly turned this into our very own 'Institute of Sport'; we brought in the best systems that Sports Physiotherapy had to offer, as well as a dedicated recovery zone. If there was a 1% out there, we'd incorporate it.

It's also the year we went 'all-in' in our personal lives. Lachlan got married to his beautiful wife Dom and my wife Nicky gave birth to our first child: a healthy baby boy called Huey.

Lachlan also left Parramatta Eels after finishing the job he was contracted to do -- build a team capable of contesting for a premiership. In 2019, he helped take the club from literally, the wooden spoon, to dominating in the first round of the finals against Brisbane. That would end up being Lachlan's penultimate match wearing Blue & Gold; it was time for him to wear Black & Grey full-time.

With Lachlan integrating into the business at the end of 2019 after 10 years in pro sport, we were finally able to put the final touches on our 'first-born.'

It's grown into something hard to imagine. Our facility is filled with incredible athletes hungry for more; our team is second to none and the joy we get doing our jobs is something most people spend their life looking for. We know we're lucky, and can't wait to look after many more hundreds of athletes in the coming years as they go from strength to strength.

For now, stay tuned. We'll update at the end of 2020.

-- Karl

NormaTec Boots
Normatecs
Physio | Nalesh | Athletes Authority
LW+ Dom
Huey is born

MEET THE TEAM

Find Out More About Our Performance Department

Lachlan Wilmot

Director of Coaching & Performance

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Exercise & Sport Science
  • Honours in Rate of Force Development in Team Sport Athletes

Lachlan began his professional sports coaching career as the second ever employee at the GWS Giants in 2010-11 season prior to entering the AFL in 2012. Over 7 seasons, Lachlan grew a team of talented young men into back-to-back preliminary finals contenders. As the head of strength and power, his role was to turn teenagers into physically dominant men, developing their strength, power, speed and most importantly, their resistance to injury.

In 2018, Lachlan's success afforded him the opportunity to shift codes, having been offered the role of High Performance Manager for the NRL's Parramatta Eels.

In as little as one rebuild season, he had taken the wooden spooners of 2018 to the finals in 2019, where they inflicted the greatest defeat of the Brisbane Broncos in NRL history. By 2019, it was time for Lachlan to go 'all-in' on his other baby, Athletes Authority.

Now, Lachlan leads the performance program, designing the programs for all the athletes here. He works closely with the sports medicine team, just like he did in pro sport, to help athletes achieve more and reach new heights with their athletic careers.

Karl Goodman

Founder & Director of Business Development

Qualifications:

  • B Ex Sport Science

Karl began his career in coaching as a Personal Trainer back in 2007. After competing for NSW as a Baseballer, and then competing at an elite standard as a cyclist throughout university,  Karl received the opportunity to work with Gordon Rugby in the Shute Shield competition. From there, he found a way to marry his passion in sports and competition with coaching; selling his investment property to start Athletes Authority in early 2016.

Starting from humble beginnings, the facility vision was taken to another level when Lachlan and Karl partnered up in 2017 and Athletes Authority was incorporated. It was no longer just a gym training athletes; Athletes Authority was committed to becoming a brand athletes worldwide could rely on for quality coaching, advice and service.

The vision they created encapsulates that: "Help every athlete around the world reach higher and achieve more with sport through global coaching and education programs."

These days, Karl spends most of his time helping athletes onboard into their programs, mentoring other coaches in the industry, and managing the strategy involved with running a facility.

MEET THE TEAM

Find Out More About Our Performance Department
Lachlan Wilmot | Athletes Authority

Lachlan Wilmot

Director of Coaching & Performance

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Exercise & Sport Science
  • Honours in Rate of Force Development in Team Sport Athletes

Lachlan began his professional sports coaching career as the second ever employee at the GWS Giants in 2010-11 season prior to entering the AFL in 2012. Over 7 seasons, Lachlan grew a team of talented young men into back-to-back preliminary finals contenders. As the head of strength and power, his role was to turn teenagers into physically dominant men, developing their strength, power, speed and most importantly, their resistance to injury.

In 2018, Lachlan's success afforded him the opportunity to shift codes, having been offered the role of High Performance Manager for the NRL's Parramatta Eels.

In as little as one rebuild season, he had taken the wooden spooners of 2018 to the finals in 2019, where they inflicted the greatest defeat of the Brisbane Broncos in NRL history. By 2019, it was time for Lachlan to go 'all-in' on his other baby, Athletes Authority.

Now, Lachlan leads the performance program, designing the programs for all the athletes here. He works closely with the sports medicine team, just like he did in pro sport, to help athletes achieve more and reach new heights with their athletic careers.

Karl Goodman | Athletes Authority

Karl Goodman

Founder & Director of Business Development

Qualifications:

  • B Ex Sport Science

Karl began his career in coaching as a Personal Trainer back in 2007. After competing for NSW as a Baseballer, and then competing at an elite standard as a cyclist throughout university,  Karl received the opportunity to work with Gordon Rugby in the Shute Shield competition. From there, he found a way to marry his passion in sports and competition with coaching; selling his investment property to start Athletes Authority in early 2016.

Starting from humble beginnings, the facility vision was taken to another level when Lachlan and Karl partnered up in 2017 and Athletes Authority was incorporated. It was no longer just a gym training athletes; Athletes Authority was committed to becoming a brand athletes worldwide could rely on for quality coaching, advice and service.

The vision they created encapsulates that: "Help every athlete around the world reach higher and achieve more with sport through global coaching and education programs."

These days, Karl spends most of his time helping athletes onboard into their programs, mentoring other coaches in the industry, and managing the strategy involved with running a facility.

OUR PERFORMANCE DEPARTMENT

Miguel Duldulao

Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Exercise & Sport Science
  • Masters in High Performance Sport (undertaking)

Miguel has developed a wealth of experience at both the semi-elite and professional level, having worked for Norths Rugby in the Shute Shield, The Newcastle Knights in their pathway programs and now, as the lead Strength & Power coach for the U20's at Parramatta Eels.

With his one-in-a-million personality, Migs' doesn't just put smiles on all the athletes faces; he gets the most out of them, too. His infectious personality helps light up the gym floor and he's been responsible for lighting a fire in many an athletes' belly. We're very lucky to have him on the team.

Brendan Hoyer

Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Exercise & Sport Science (undertaking)

Like Karl, Brendo became a Personal Trainer out of school, realising that the best way to incorporate his love of sport and passion for athleticism was to create a career out of performance training. Brendo has a rich career as an athlete, having being drafted to Sheffield United in the English Premier League as junior before he turned 18. He never quite made it however, and it's clear that Brendo wants to help his athletes achieve what slipped out of his own fingertips.

By the time Brendo turned 21, he enrolled in University to undertake his sport science degree and landed an incredible opportunity working as the High Performance Manager at Spirit FC in the National Premier League. 

With his background as an elite athlete and his experience running a high performance department, Brendo brings so much to the coaching outfit of Athletes Authority. 

Tom Watkins

Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Exercise & Sport Science
  • Masters in Strength & Conditioning 

Tom and Karl went to university together in 2012. As a competitive athlete playing in the Toyota Cup, Tom found a home at the Sydney Roosters as part of their U20's program as the assistant strength & power coach and rehabilitation coordinator. From there, he was promoted to the head of strength and power for the U-20's program at Parramatta Eels, before being contracted to Fiji to run the performance program at Kaiviti Silktails.

Now back in Sydney, Tom works closely with our field sport athletes improving their strength, power and injury resilience. His understanding of contact sport as an athlete and coach make him a huge asset to our progam. 

Noel Palabrica

Head of Junior Athlete Development

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science 

Noel is one of the stand out graduates from our internship program that made it impossible for us to not offer a permanent position to. After studying a physiotherapy degree back home in the Phillipines, Noel came to Australia to study sports and exercise science, hoping to bridge the gap between his clinical understanding and what works well in practice.

Noel leads our Emerging Athlete Program (EAP). He is responsible for looking after our talented juniors program and helping setting them up for long-term success in sport. With his understanding of sports physiotherapy alongside his passion for athletic development, his nurturing personality make him a great mentor and coach.

OUR PERFORMANCE DEPARTMENT

Miguel | Athletes Authority

Miguel Duldulao

Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Exercise & Sport Science
  • Masters in High Performance Sport (undertaking)

Miguel has developed a wealth of experience at both the semi-elite and professional level, having worked for Norths Rugby in the Shute Shield, The Newcastle Knights in their pathway programs and now, as the lead Strength & Power coach for the U20's at Parramatta Eels.

With his one-in-a-million personality, Migs' doesn't just put smiles on all the athletes faces; he gets the most out of them, too. His infectious personality helps light up the gym floor and he's been responsible for lighting a fire in many an athletes' belly. We're very lucky to have him on the team.

Brendan Hoyer | Athletes Authority

Brendan Hoyer

Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Exercise & Sport Science (undertaking)

Like Karl, Brendo became a Personal Trainer out of school, realising that the best way to incorporate his love of sport and passion for athleticism was to create a career out of performance training. Brendo has a rich career as an athlete, having being drafted to Sheffield United in the English Premier League as junior before he turned 18. He never quite made it however, and it's clear that Brendo wants to help his athletes achieve what slipped out of his own fingertips.

By the time Brendo turned 21, he enrolled in University to undertake his sport science degree and landed an incredible opportunity working as the High Performance Manager at Spirit FC in the National Premier League. 

With his background as an elite athlete and his experience running a high performance department, Brendo brings so much to the coaching outfit of Athletes Authority. 

Tom Watkins | Athletes Authority

Tom Watkins

Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Exercise & Sport Science
  • Masters of Strength & Conditioning

Tom and Karl went to university together in 2012. As a competitive athlete playing in the Toyota Cup, Tom found a home at the Sydney Roosters as part of their U20's program as the assistant strength and conditioning coach and rehabilitation coordinator. From there, he was promoted to head of strength and power in the U-20's program at Parramatta Eels before being contracted to Kaiviti Silktails in Fiji as the head of performance.

Now back in Sydney, Tom works closely with our field sport athletes improving their strength, power and injury resilience. His understanding of contact sport as an athlete and coach make him a huge asset to our progam. 

Noel Palabrica | Athletes Authority

Noel Palabrica

Head of Junior Athlete Development

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science 

Noel is one of the stand out graduates from our internship program that made it impossible for us to not offer a permanent position to. After studying a physiotherapy degree back home in the Phillipines, Noel came to Australia to study sports and exercise science, hoping to bridge the gap between his clinical understanding and what works well in practice.

Noel leads our Emerging Athlete Program (EAP). He is responsible for looking after our talented juniors program and helping setting them up for long-term success in sport. With his understanding of sports physiotherapy alongside his passion for athletic development, his nurturing personality make him a great mentor and coach.

OUR SPORTS MEDICINE DEPARTMENT

Tom Longworth

Sports Doctor

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Medicine
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Sport & Exercise Medicine

Dr Tom Longworth became a registrar of the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians in 2016 and is currently in his 3rd year of specialist training. He completed his medical degree with the University of Newcastle in 2010 and has had 5 years of experience in Emergency and intensive care medicine across Australia since graduating.

He has a wide variety of experience working with elite sports people, currently assistant medical officer at The Sydney Roosters Rugby League Club, team doctor for the Sydney FC Youth League and Head Doctor of the World Champion Jillaroos (Australian Women’s Rugby League Team). Other sports coverage includes the Sydney 7s rugby union, Australian school boy rugby union, Bledisloe Cup and National Rowing regattas as well as voluntary work abroad with the Surfing Doctors’ Association.

Dr Longworth has recently completed his postgraduate diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine through the University of Bath (UK). He has published research relating to stem cell treatment for knee osteoarthritis and is currently investigating concussion incidence in the NRL, as well as conducting a trial on shin splint management.

Tom currently sees our athletes out of his home base at Eastern Suburbs Sports Medicine Centre. 

Alan Robinson

Lead Sports Physiotherapist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
  • Masters of Sports Physiotherapy

Alan is a titled APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist who has spent his whole career living and breathing sports rehabilitation.

His career as a physiotherapist has seen him work with the NSW Waratahs and the Sydney Blue Sox, managing injuries that range from the acute-stage to end-stage rehabilitation. His philosophy aims to address long term athletic development and bring high-performance rehabilitation to athletes.

His work has been in close proximity to rehabilitation coaches, strength & power coaches, head coaches and high-performance managers, making him an asset on your journey to rehabilitation and back to full health.

Justin Richardson

Athletic Physiotherapist & Rehab Coach

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Physiotherapy
  • Masters of Strength & Conditioning (undertaking) 

Justin has developed a passion for sports performance, finding his greatest interest in bridging the gap between traditional hands-on physiotherapy and the guidance and care required to get an athlete back to sport and performing at their best.

Having worked with the Cronulla Sharks and South Sydney Rabbitohs, he has a deep understanding of the requirements to succeed at a high level of sport and is committed to providing you with the expertise to help you get back to doing what you love.

OUR SPORTS MEDICINE DEPARTMENT

Dr Tom Longworth | Athletes Authority

Tom Longworth

Sports Doctor

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Medicine
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Sport & Exercise Medicine

Dr Tom Longworth became a registrar of the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians in 2016 and is currently in his 3rd year of specialist training. He completed his medical degree with the University of Newcastle in 2010 and has had 5 years of experience in Emergency and intensive care medicine across Australia since graduating.

He has a wide variety of experience working with elite sports people, currently assistant medical officer at The Sydney Roosters Rugby League Club, team doctor for the Sydney FC Youth League and Head Doctor of the World Champion Jillaroos (Australian Women’s Rugby League Team). Other sports coverage includes the Sydney 7s rugby union, Australian school boy rugby union, Bledisloe Cup and National Rowing regattas as well as voluntary work abroad with the Surfing Doctors’ Association.

Dr Longworth has recently completed his postgraduate diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine through the University of Bath (UK). He has published research relating to stem cell treatment for knee osteoarthritis and is currently investigating concussion incidence in the NRL, as well as conducting a trial on shin splint management.

Tom currently sees our athletes out of his home base at Eastern Suburbs Sports Medicine Centre. 

Alan Robinson Athletes Authority

Alan Robinson

Lead Sports Physiotherapist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
  • Masters of Sports Physiotherapy (Titled)

Alan is a titled APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist who has spent his whole career living and breathing sports rehabilitation.

His career as a physiotherapist has seen him work with the NSW Waratahs and the Sydney Blue Sox, managing injuries that range from the acute-stage to end-stage rehabilitation. His philosophy aims to address long term athletic development and bring high-performance rehabilitation to athletes.

His work has been in close proximity to rehabilitation coaches, strength & power coaches, head coaches and high-performance managers, making him an asset on your journey to rehabilitation and back to full health.

Justin Richardson Athletes Authority

Justin Richardson

Athletic Physiotherapist & Rehab Coach

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Physiotherapy
  • Masters in Strength & Conditioning (undertaking)

Justin has developed a passion for sports performance, finding his greatest interest in bridging the gap between traditional hands-on physiotherapy and the guidance and care required to get an athlete back to sport and performing at their best.

Having worked with the Cronulla Sharks and South Sydney Rabbitohs, he has a deep understanding of the requirements to succeed at a high level of sport and is committed to providing you with the expertise to help you get back to doing what you love.