Chair

Professor Gregory Kolt – Dean of Science and Health, Western Sydney University (NSW)

Professor Gregory Kolt is the Dean of Science and Health and Professor of Health Science and Lead Dean at Western Sydney University. Prior to his current positions, Professor Kolt was Associate Dean (Research), Professor of Health Science, and Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (NZ). Professor Kolt has been the editor of a number of academic publications, including SMA’s own Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

 

Deputy Chair

Kay Copeland – Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (VIC)

Kay Copeland is a Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapy in 2018) who has worked in elite sport for over 30 years in water polo, tennis and basketball and practices at Alphington Sports Medicine Centre. Kay has been involved in SMA since 1985 when she joined the SMA-Victorian Branch Sports Trainers Committee. Kay has held many roles within SMA her most recent being 7 years as Chair of the SMA Conference. Kay has a strong background in business and governance and has served on the Board of national sporting organisation.

Elected Board Members

Professor Gary Allison – Sports Physiotherapist, Researcher, Academic, Curtin University (WA)

Garry Allison is Professor of Neurosciences and Trauma Physiotherapy, a Titled APA Sports Physiotherapist, a former AIS Research fellow and a ASMF Fellow. He has human movement qualifications and is currently Associate DVC-Research Excellence at Curtin University. In recent years he has been on various boards and executive committees including living with Autism CRC, Childrens’ Research Strategic Council, National Drug Research Institute and the SMA Conference Committee / Chief judge. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and brings business skills sets including risk, management and strategy.

Michelle Bergeron –  Physiotherapist (VIC)

Michelle Bergeron is a Physiotherapist with over 14 years experience and a specific interest in foot and ankle injuries, exercise, and sports injuries, with a clinical background in elite sport and performing arts. Michelle has worked with athletes and performers from the The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Football Club, Ultimate (Frisbee) Australia, Cirque du Soleil, Volleyball WA and Professional Golfers Association (PGA). Michelle has served as the Chair of the SMA Victorian Sate Council since 2018 and has played a pivotal role in developing strong professional networks throughout her time as Chair.

 

Associate Professor Julie Cooke – Head of Discipline, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Canberra (ACT)

Julie Cooke

Associate Professor Julie Cooke is Head of Discipline, Sport and Exercise Science, and Senior Lecturer in Anatomy & Physiology at the University of Canberra.  Julie has served as the Chair of the ACT Sate Council, as a member of the ACT SMA State board, in addition to holding the Program Director role for the Australian Biology Olympiad program.  Julie has 20 years’ experience in academia and is a current SMA Lecturer and active Sports Trainer.

 

Dr Anita Green – Sports Doctor and General Practitioner (QLD)

Dr Anita Green is a Sports Doctor and General Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience organising and providing sports medicine coverage. Anita was the Chief Medical Officer at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and has volunteered at the Sydney Olympic Games, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and Sydney Invictus Games as well as 15 years’ experience as a senior lecturer in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland. Anita has been an SMA member for 25 years as well as serving on both the National SMA board and Queensland Sate board.

Gary Nicholls – Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (VIC)

Gary Nicholls is a Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist with 30 years’ experience in sports medicine, ranging from running his own sports medicine clinic to working with professional high performance teams, state and national representative sides and community sport. Gary is the Chair of the AFL Physiotherapist Association and a member of the Advisory Committee for Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) National Conferences.

 

Tim Pain – Podiatrist (TAS)

Tim Pain has previously served as president of both the National SMA board and the Tasmanian SMA State board, in addition to holding board positions at both levels from 1997 – 2017. He has 23 years’ experience as a podiatrist and business owner of his Hobart-based practice. Tim has volunteered his expertise at various events including at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Polyclinic.