The High Performance Project takes you into the world of sports science and elite sport, through the stories and experiences of the most influential people in the sports industry.
Elite sport has been going through a rapid evolution on the back of huge technological and scientific advancements and investment.
Sport has changed for ever, and the scientific experts have never been more important. But with the opportunities come greater pressures and challenges.
On the High Performance Project, hosts Ben Tripodi and Jack Shepard talk to the industry experts, scientists, coaches and professional athletes, who share their insights and perspectives on technology, data and performance. The guests also talk about their lives outside of sport and how they maintain balance with their high pressure environments.
The High Performance Project is powered by Lumin Sports. Lumin Sports collaborates with teams to give every decision maker the tools to interpret complex data. Follow them on Instagram, LinkedIn or visit them at luminsports.com.
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Alex Hill - From Loxton North to Tokyo Gold
Olympic Gold Medalist Alex Hill joined the podcast to speak over his success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and his journey into the sport of rowing. Growing up from very humble beginnings in Loxton North, Alex was your typical river kid, and always showed a strong liking to the water. However his passion for rowing was lost for a brief period during his high schooling in Adelaide. It was a piece of feedback given to him from a school rowing coach that made him double down on the sport and from there he never wavered from there. Fast forward after 11 years in the sport he now holds a silver medal at the Rio games and recently the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 games.
This episode explores a provides a great insight into Alex's journey into the sport of rowing and what drives him to continue to compete at the highest level. It was amazing having Alex in the studio for this episode with the Gold Medal even making an appearance.
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Jake Giannakis - Earthquakes & Latte's - High Performance Sport during the pandemic
Jake Giannakis - Head of Strength & Conditioning at Essendon VFL and High Performance Manager at the Academy joins the podcast to speak about his last 12-24 months in the world of high performance sport. Jake has built a wealth of knowledge in the sports science and high performance industry through his time spent with AFL teams Collingowood, North Melbourne and now Essendon.
Working alongside some of some of the industries best and most respected people has allowed Jake to find his passion and desire to develop and teach the future stars of Australian Football. Jake was also one of the founding members of 'The Academy' a full time elite sport passion school that provides and mixture of sport and regular curriculum schedules to provide pathways for elite sports candidates.
We throughly enjoyed this chat with Jake with plenty of good topics of conversation coming from the chat.
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Stuart Gollan - It's Never Too Late To Start Something
Stuart Gollan is the Lead Sports Scientist from the Adelaide United Football Club. 'Stu' as he is commonly know within the Lumin Sports team is a lover of all things performance and formulating ways to allow the human body to perform at its peak. Stu has worked within the world game now for a number of years now, before this completing internships with the Port Adelaide Football Club, working as a post graduate scholar at the Australian Institute of Sport and tutoring up and coming undergraduates in Applied Exercise Science with the University of South Australia.
As we have learnt through many of our High Performance Project conversations that everyones journey is different and Stu's is no different. He entered the industry quite late compared to most and has quickly made his way to leading a organisations high performance department. Stu puts this down a relentless pursuit of excellence and ability to network and be willing to try his hand at almost anything in the field. There were plenty of good takeaways in this conversation for anyone aspiring for a career in the sports industry or even simply having a dream or in pursuit of a goal and enabling a clear mindset to achieve success.
Stuarts story is a humble one and we had plenty of fun having him in for a podcast, a very educated and driven individual, it was to finally sit down with Stuart a great asset and friend of the Lumin Sports.
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Chris Lynch - Supporting Athletes to Flourish
"Supporting people in their quest to flourish during and beyond their sporting careers", this is the mantra that Chris Lynch summaries his work with some of the worlds best athletes, in particular within his current role at the Australian Cycling Team.
For close to 10 years Chris has been working to not only develop and support those around him, more importantly himself. His has for many years worked closely with athletes to build their mindset, resilience and professional capabilities to compete at the highest level and furthermore develop them as individuals for their careers beyond their sport.
Join us in this episode as we gain a deeper understanding of Chris' day to day and what his role entails and some of the strategies you can use to be better equiped to perform at your best.
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Paolo Menaspà - Building the ultimate sports science resume
Paolo Menaspà is a world renowned sports scientists that has worked within some of the best sporting organisations and alongside of some of the most successful athletes in the world. Paolo has spent a lot of his career in particular in the sport of cycling. His work centres on research and development of strategies to best support athletes in pursuit of their goals. Paolo's previous role with the Australian Cycling Team included work with national coaches and the performance support team to identify and implement performance enhancing solutions across multiple disciplines in the lead up to the recent Olympic campaign.
Earlier in his career Paolo spent 7 years at Mapei Sport (Italy) where he worked along with several top level athletes and teams, including Cadel Evans (four time Olympian and 2011 Tour de France winner), Alex Zanardi (former F1 driver and four time Paralympic gold medallist) and Juventus FC (Italian Serie A team).
Outside of these organisations and work with elite athletes, Paolo has spent time lecturing at Edith Cowan University where he has also completed his PHD in Philosophy and Sports Science.
In this conversation we speak through his experience and journey through the industry chatting through his learnings and biggest challenges.
We also speak through;
•Italian heritage and coffee culture
•His experience and work with Cadel Evans
•Working under Aldo Sassi in the "Lab" - the power of influence and experience
•Being apart of the start of Green Edge Cycling team, Australia's first professional cycling team.
•His current role now at the Australian Institute of Sport as Chief Science Officer
Paolo story is a journey of courage and hard work, one for any up and coming sports scientist to envy. Listen to this podcast today on your favourite podcast player.
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Jed Altschwager - New Opportunities, New Mindset Through Adversity
Jed Altschwager is a Para Rowing Athlete apart of the Australian Rowing Program. The South Australian lost his left leg in 2015 during a workplace accident. Jed himself describes it as 'his foot was squished and taken off' and post rehabilitation the Adelaide-local identified strongly with the sport of rowing. Jed's mindset and rehabilitation story is one to be admired, his strength through adversity and his gratitude for life is unprecedented.
Jed speaks in depth about the emotions and struggles he encountered during his recovery and although he admits this was an incredibly difficult phase of his life he shifted his focus onto what opportunities this now offered him. Fast forward to now and Jed has now cemented his spot on the sport of Para Rowing in the SASI Program and at a national level. Altschwager went on to win a silver medal in the PR3 Men's Single Scull at the 2018 Australian National Championships along with two silver medals in the 2018 and 2019 PR3 Mens Pairs World Championship.
Outside of rowing, Altschwager has the opportunity to tell his story to local schools in South Australia and spread his story of mindset and gratitude, a true inspiration and story for all to admire.
Lumin Sports thank Jed for sharing his story and his time on this episode.
Great podcast from the team at Lumin. It’s great to hear them talking to some of the big guns like Cadel.
I would highly recommend!
Good episode 1, can't wait for more