2019

HUMAN PERFORMANCE SUMMIT SPEAKERS

The 2019 Fusion Sport Human Performance Summits will this year be held in Park City, USA hosted by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association and in Brisbane, Australia. Scroll down for more detailed information on our high performance speakers that have been announced so far.

Each summit will feature two full days of presentations and panel discussions from experts across elite sports, tactical precision-performance and human performance optimization.



NORTH AMERICA

October 3-5, 2019
Blair Education Center (Intermountain Park City Hospital) / US Ski & Snowboard Center of Excellence
900 Round Valley Drive
Park City, UT 84060
United States

Speaker Troy Taylor USSA Human Performance Summit Fusion Sport

Troy Taylor, MS

High Performance Director | US Ski & Snowboard Association

Troy Taylor leads the world-class US Ski & Snowboard High Performance team, most recently supporting their athletes in winning 15 medals (7 Golds) at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. In this role Troy provides strategic and operational leadership to the sport science, sport medicine and sport education teams and works with a host of high tech companies to ensure US Ski & Snowboard athletes have access to the resources necessary to compete at their best.

Over the past 15+ years Troy has been fortunate enough work with many Olympic and Paralympic teams and medalists, including working in three countries (UK, Canada and USA). Before re-joining US Ski & Snowboard in 2015, Troy was the Director of Sport Science & Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) where he led growing the performance services team from ~10 staff members to over 40 staff members in 5years, launched their sport medicine department and worked closely with collogues to expand services into multiple sites including the Toronto Pan Am Sport Center and Milton Velodrome.

Gus Keading, MBA

Performance Data Manager | US Ski & Snowboard Association

Gus Kaeding builds systems and methodology to collect and analyze athletic data across the seven U.S. Ski & Snowboard sports.  Previously, Gus completed a fellowship at the U.S. Olympic Committee where he did data analysis and helped quantify the selection process of U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes. He has also coached many of the country’s top cross-country ski athletes and has twice been named USSA Coach of the Year.

Gus grew up in Vermont and attended Stratton Mountain School before studying mathematics at Northern Michigan University. After skiing professionally for two years and beginning his coaching career, Gus returned to school and received his MBA from Boston University with dual concentrations in finance and strategy.

Dr. David T. Martin, PhD

High Performance Sport Consultant
Former Director of Performance Research & Development | Philadelphia 76ers (2015 – 2019)

Dr. David T. Martin has 21 years of experience working with Olympic and Professional Athletes and is widely recognized as an innovator and leader in high performance sport. He is also an accomplished applied sport scientist with more than 110 peer reviewed publications investigating topics such as talent identification, demands of competition, fatigue management, competition analysis, altitude training and thermoregulation.

In previous roles at the Australian Institute of Sport Dr. Martin led various sport science units and talent identification projects, and was Director of Performance for the AIS Combat Center. Over five summer Olympic Games Dr. Martin was in charge of cycling sport science where teams won eight Gold, eight Silver and 12 Bronze medals. Dr. Martin most recently worked in the NBA where he served as the Director for Performance Research and Development for the Philadelphia 76ers (2015-2019).

Speaker Dan Turner Redbull Human Performance Summit Fusion Sport

Dr. Dan Turner, PhD

Human Performance, Health & Wellbeing Coach
Scientist & Program Manager | Red Bull High Performance

Dr. Dan Turner is a British Performance Coach, Consultant and Scientist. During his PhD, Dan pioneered new concepts and practical strategies to improve health and wellbeing in those with metabolic disorders. He has worked with Olympic Medalists and World Class athletes in a variety of endurance and action sports, adopting both coaching and sports science roles.

Dan currently works with the High Performance team at Red Bull North America Headquarters, where his role involves the exploration of human potential. Dan’s day to day is spent working closely with athletes and subject matter experts, as well as consulting on several programs which have the collective goal to design the future of nutrition, neurocognitive science, health and wellbeing and psychophysiology (the connection between mind, body and behavior) in human performance. 

Jennifer Tymkew, MS, ATC

Associate Director of Athletic Training Services | Northwestern University

Jen Tymkew has been a member of the Northwestern University Sports Medicine Department since 2009. She is responsible for managing the health care of men’s basketball. Jen is also responsible for the development and implementation of Smartabase (medical documentation system), management of OTC and prescription medications, coordinator of the sports medicine research review board and scholarly activity, and co-supervision of athletic training staff members.

Jen is interested in evidence-based research projects and variables influencing overuse injuries and holds certifications in FMS, Myofascial Decompression, and Blood Flow Restriction.

Dr. Josh Hagen, MS, PhD

Director Human Performance Innovation Center | Rockefeller Institute, West Virginia University

Josh Hagen has a diverse background in engineering, data analytics and human performance augmentation. Josh executed his graduate research in bioelectronics with the Air Force Research Labs, and shortly after joined the 711th Human Performance Wing where he began his current research thrust in Human Performance Monitoring and Augmentation. At the 711th, Josh started and led the STRONG Team and focused on measuring physiology utilizing wearable sensors and blood biomarkers, developed novel analytics for correlating and modeling the data, and beginning to understand how to take that data to optimize performance in elite military and athletics populations.

In 2018, Josh became the Director of the Human Performance Innovation Center at the Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute at West Virginia University where he leads a multidisciplinary team focused on optimizing the performance of military, athletics, and clinical patient populations.

Pinata H. Sessoms, PhD

Director of the Physical and Cognitive Operational Research Environment (PhyCORE) Laboratory
Research Biomedical Engineer
Warfighter Performance Department, Operational Readiness Directorate | Naval Health Research Center

Dr. Pinata Sessoms has extensive research experience in the areas of biomedical engineering and biomechanics authoring more than 15 peer-reviewed journal publications and more than 50 conference abstracts and presentations. She earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern in 2008 researching how improvements in gait could be made through prosthetic improvements.

During this time she helped in the installation of the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) at NHRC, a large scale immersive virtual environment to help treat DoD patients with lower limb amputation wanting to return to high performance activities. Dr. Sessoms since expanded utilization of the CAREN as a tool for performance and assessment of the healthy Warfighter for injury prevention and performance testing. The PhyCORE team received the NTSA Modeling and Simulation Cross-functional Platform Award for this work in 2015.

As PhyCORE Lab Director she manages over $15M in research funding and acts as DHA’s JPC-8 Intramural working group chair for Musculoskeletal Injury (MSKI) Prevention. She has an extensive overview of the DoD researchers in this area at NHRC and with those working at AFRL, USARIEM, NSRDEC, ARL, USAARL, USUHS, and other performers working on operational bases. Her goal is to improve efficiencies and collaborations amongst clinicians and research groups within the DoD, and improve injury prevention capabilities and rehabilitation within the DoD.

Rachel R. Markwald, PhD

Director of the Sleep and Fatigue Research Program | Naval Health Research Center

Dr. Rachel Markwald is a Physiologist with a diverse background in exercise physiology, human performance and sleep. She earned her Ph.D. in integrative physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010 researching the impact of sleep loss, circadian rhythm disruption and fatigue on human health and performance. In particular, she focused on the links between the thermoregulatory system, sleep onset and quality, and performance.

As the Director of the Sleep and Fatigue Research Program at NHRC Dr. Markwald’s mission is to provide actionable, data-driven solutions to assist military leadership with the management of sleep loss and fatigue in operational settings. Additionally, Dr. Markwald serves as adjunct research faculty at the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Sleep Medicine Clinic and acts as the Defense Health Agency’s Joint Program Committee 5 intramural working group chair for Fatigue Mechanisms and Countermeasures.

Clive Brewer

Assistant Director of High Performance: Programs | Toronto Blue Jays

Clive is a world-recognised expert in high performance athletic preparation and applied sports science. Since 2016 he has been the Assistant Director of High Performance with the Toronto Blue Jays as they established a department that has integrated player support systems at the heart of their player development and performance process. This role integrates sports science, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, mental performance and nutrition into a player-centred and evidence-based delivery plan.

As Head of Performance with Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club (2011-2014) the club achieved their highest ever superleague finish and reduced injuries by over 18% each year. Clive has held national lead roles with the Rugby Football League and SportScotland, and consulted with organisations around the globe such as Manchester United FC, USA Football, Wimbledon tennis championships, Liverpool FC, IAAF, IMG, UK Strength and Conditioning Association and Scotland National rugby league.

Clive’s industry accreditations include UKSCA, NSCA,  BOA and BASES and he was awarded the Fellowship of the UKSCA in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to the industry. He has authored a number of papers and book chapters, written 3 books on training methods for coaches and from 2007 – 2011 worked on a project researching an athlete development framework to underpin the UK coaching model. 

Dr. Markus Deutsch, PhD

CEO and Co-Founder | Fusion Sport

Markus completed his PhD at the University of Otago in the Physiology of Rugby, during which time he also lectured in Advanced Athletic Strength and Conditioning and was a consultant Sport Scientist to the New Zealand All Blacks, Otago Highlanders and other elite athletes.

His passion for using technology to monitor athletes and improve performance through highly specific fitness testing and training methods led Markus to return to Australia and start-up Fusion Sport in January 2003. His deep understanding of sports performance assessment, training and athlete monitoring allows him to guide the evolution of the Smartspeed products, Smartabase solutions and technical integration.

In his role as global CEO, Markus oversees the entire operations of the company.   He performs a wide range of functions including product development, marketing strategy, corporate relations and he maintains an active role in the market working with a range of clients and technology partners.  As country manager for the US, Markus is involved in the development of the US market growing awareness, building relationships across the sporting sector and assisting with the implementation of Fusion Sports’ products.

Dr. Sue Robson, PhD

COO and Smartabase Product Manager | Fusion Sport

Sue joined Fusion in 2014 after 4 years as head of Physiology at the Scottish Institute of Sport, where she was the primary driver and architect of The Institute’s National Data Management System (built using SMARTABASE). Prior to the SIS Sue was the Director of Sport Science for the US Ski Team, where she had also designed and implemented a number of systems for athlete data management. Sue’s particular interests are Neurophysiology and Female Athlete Physiology but brings with her a tremendous amount of experience in all areas of Sport Science.

Tom Crameri 

Senior Sport Scientist | Fusion Sport

Tom completed his Bachelor of Exercise and Sport’s Science during which he focused on Strength and Conditioning and Coaching Science. After University, he began work as a Strength and Conditioning coach working with a number of elite athletes and teams in different sports. Tom joined the Fusion Sport team in January 2014 and is directly responsible for 25+ clients worldwide.

Dr. Marcus Colby, PhD

Senior Sport Scientist | Fusion Sport

As well as being a Sport Scientist at Fusion Sport Marcus is also a recent PhD graduate from the University of Western Australia and has a passion for injury prevention and ‘prediction’ in elite sport. At Fusion Sport Marcus is responsible for configuring Smartabase for in-depth analytics across organizational data including Medical, GPS, Strength and Conditioning, Performance data and much more.

ASIA PACIFIC

October 24-25
The Gabba Brisbane Cricket Ground
Brisbane, Queensland AUS

Rosanna Stanimirovic PhD 

Program Manager, Gold Medal Ready | Performance Psychologist
Australian Institute of Sport 

Passionate about integrating systems considerate of the athletes, coaches, culture, and contextual demands of competition to optimise mindset and situational awareness required for success in sport. Completed a PhD examining the psychological predictors of performance and career success in AFL football. Specific experience in AFL Football with the GWS Giants and 3 Olympic Games with the Australian Sailing Team.

Mark Knowles 

Senior Personal Development Advisor  | Queensland Academy of Sport

Mark Knowles is an accomplished sportsman and world-class athlete. He retired after the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where he was the Opening Ceremony Flag bearer. Knowles now works at the Queensland Academy of Sport as a Personal Development Advisor and runs a hockey coaching business with Kookaburras legend Jamie Dwyer.

Knowles debuted for Australia in January 2004 and is one of only six Kookaburras to reach 300 caps. He is currently on 312 caps having scored 29 goals, bringing numerous highlights along the journey:

– Australian Men’s Hockey team the ‘Kookaburras’ 2003-2018
– Captain of Kookaburras 2013-2018, co-captain of Kookaburras 2009-2013.
– 324 International games and 30 goals for Australia
– World Hockey Player of the Year 2014
– Commonwealth Games 2018 Opening Ceremony Flag bearer
– 4x Olympic games. 2004 Gold, 2008 & 2012 Bronze
– 4x Commonwealth Games Gold medals 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
– 3x World Cups. Silver 2006, Gold 2010 & 2014

Simon Thomas 

Head of Physical Performance  | BNZ Crusaders Super Rugby

Currently Head of Physical Performance with the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby Champion BNZ Crusaders leading a performance department of 11 professionals across all areas of performance as well as currently working with the Maori All Blacks.

Simon has been able to experience each step of the player pathway from amateur academy level to full time professional which allows him to implement aligned systems leading from school athletes to All Blacks and Black Ferns.

Simon has also spent time implementing performance and development systems into professional top league teams in Japan and Brazil Rugby, and mentoring other performance coaches internationally.

Sandra Kingi  

High Performance Technology Support Services | New Zealand Cricket

Sandra first joined New Zealand Cricket in 2001. Based at NZC’s High Performance Centre at Lincoln University, Canterbury, she spent her first decade with New Zealand Cricket as a cricket administrator and match manager. She has four ICC Cricket World Cup events under her belt and toured the BLACKCAPS home series circuit for 6 years as a member of the events team.

Sandra then had a two year sabbatical from cricket, during which time she was the Executive Assistant to the Ngai Tahu Holdings Board – a Board responsible for the portfolio investments (including property, seafood and tourism) for one of New Zealand’s largest Iwi.

Her passion for cricket, information technology, and systems development led Sandra back to cricket in 2011 where she joined NZC’s High Performance Unit. Whilst her primary role is to develop and drive the new Athlete Management System across New Zealand, she also provides critical support to the High Performance Unit, the BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS, including budgeting, planning and campaign reviews. Sandra provides operational support and delivery of technology requirements for head coach and support staff recruitment across the HP network. Furthermore, Sandra’s expert knowledge of systems has led her to be heavily involved with the specifics of HP specialist projects such as the development of the marquee winter training facility at Lincoln which is a critical component of recent international success for NZC’s HP teams.

NSW Institute of Sport 

George Wehbe | Data Scientist

George has extensive experience working with data in high performance sport organisations over the past ten years, including positions at the NSW Institute of Sport, Western Sydney Wanderers and the Brisbane Lions. Throughout this time, George has been responsible for managing a range of multifaceted data, and generating practical data-driven insights to ultimately drive human performance. Early in his career when working as a sport scientist and performance analyst, George had a strong affinity for meticulously managing data and delivering valuable data-driven insights to end users. George developed a keen interest in data science, which compelled him to make a career transition into data science in 2017. George is currently a Data Scientist at the NSW Institute of Sport where he plays a key role in delivering pragmatic and valuable data science solutions to assist coaches, staff and sport partners in supporting athletes compete on the world stage.

Ric Porteous | Senior Data Scientist

Ric Porteous is the Senior Data Scientist at the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS), based at Olympic park in Sydney. Ric founded the first data science team at NSWIS, and leads the scoping, prioritization, execution and management of data science projects with a focus on driving evidenced based decision making to generate operational value. At NSWIS, data science impacts decisions at all levels; from high level strategic decision making to how athletes train in their Daily Training Environment. Ric has an expansive portfolio of data science skills including supervised and unsupervised machine learning, statistical analysis and mathematical optimization (linear and non-linear). Before working at NSWIS, Ric was a senior data scientist at the Boston Consulting Group for three years and has a PhD in aerospace engineering.

Paul Azzopardi

High Performance Systems and Information Manager | Swimming Australia
Director | Triathlon Queensland

Paul Azzopardi is the High Performance Systems and Information Manager at Swimming Australia and is responsible for the management of all performance related systems, information, data and reporting at Swimming Australia.

Swimming Australia is the peak body for swimming with nearly 1,000 clubs and 90,000 registered members nationally. Swimming Australia’s vision is to create a nation of swimmers admired by the world, striving towards this vision every day through inspiring Australians to be the best swimmer they want to be – from grass roots community participation through to elite level swimmers representing our country and themselves on the global stage.

Zara Gomes

Head of Performance Medicine | Queensland Ballet

Zara Gomes has been Head of Performance Medicine with Queensland Ballet since 2011. Zara coordinates and leads the health team in providing services to the 58 professional company dancers (including physiotherapy, pilates, S & C, sports dietetics, massage, sports medicine, psychology and podiatry). She has worked with multiple ballet and contemporary dance companies in Australia and internationally over the last 20 years. Zara is passionate about enabling dancers to perform at their peak both physically and mentally, enhancing their wellbeing and prolonging their artistic careers.

Dr. Markus Deutsch, PhD

CEO and Co-Founder | Fusion Sport

Markus completed his PhD at the University of Otago in the Physiology of Rugby, during which time he also lectured in Advanced Athletic Strength and Conditioning and was a consultant Sport Scientist to the New Zealand All Blacks, Otago Highlanders and other elite athletes.

His passion for using technology to monitor athletes and improve performance through highly specific fitness testing and training methods led Markus to return to Australia and start-up Fusion Sport in January 2003. His deep understanding of sports performance assessment, training and athlete monitoring allows him to guide the evolution of the Smartspeed products, Smartabase solutions and technical integration.

In his role as global CEO, Markus oversees the entire operations of the company.   He performs a wide range of functions including product development, marketing strategy, corporate relations and he maintains an active role in the market working with a range of clients and technology partners.  As country manager for the US, Markus is involved in the development of the US market growing awareness, building relationships across the sporting sector and assisting with the implementation of Fusion Sports’ products.