July 13, 2012
For as long as I remember, sport has been the passion of my life. From going along as a kid with my Dad to support the mighty Bloods (South Melbourne in the VFL), long days sitting in the sun watching Shield and Test cricket at the G, going to bed with my transistor radio hidden under the blankets listening to Ashes cricket, Olympics or World title fights from the other side of the world, my world revolved around sport. If I wasn’t watching live or on TV I was kicking a footy, hitting a cricket or tennis ball, or swimming laps.
In retrospect it was probably inevitable I would finish up working in sport. As a result I have been able to be part of numerous sporting teams and events. I have been team doctor to four Australian national teams – swimming, hockey, athletics and soccer. I have worked with professional AFL and English Premier League teams, experienced US college sport at Stanford and been part of Olympic, Commonwealth and World Uni Games as well as numerous World Championships.
In spite of all that, my two most passionate sporting involvements have been with high level amateur teams – Uni Blues, an A Grade amateur AFL team in Melbourne; and TEM Hockey Club, a State League club also in Melbourne.