Women in Sports Science & Sports Medicine Breakfast Series

In 2018, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) held its first “Women in Sports Science & Sports Medicine Breakfast Series”. This hugely successful national event saw women from a range of sports science and sports medicine backgrounds come together to network and discuss life as a woman in the sports industry.

In 2019, we will once again be hosting the Women in Sports Science & Sports Medicine Breakfast Series which will see a range of panellists sharing insights into their professional career and thoughts about the future of our industry.

These events will include a Q&A with the panel speakers in an informal breakfast session.


Tania Gallo - Head Sport Scientist - North Melbourne Football Club

Tania is the Head Sport Scientist at the North Melbourne Football Club where she has been for the previous 10 seasons. She manages the athlete tracking and monitoring processes, integrating science and technology into a multivariate decision-support system. Her role is centred around supporting the high-performance, medical and coaching staff to execute evidence-guided practice and informed interventions through systematic investigation and analysis. Tania completed her PhD in 2016, exploring metrics of athlete preparedness and their relationship to performance in Australian Football.

Dani Gescheit - Manager of Performance Information and Analysis -  Tennis Australia

Danielle is the Manager of Performance Information and Analysis at Tennis Australia where she has worked for the past 9 years. Her role includes management of the Performance Analysis team and the Athlete Management System, as well as supporting and informing Performance systems, strategies and processes with evidence-based information. Danielle also completed her PhD in 2018 which explored the epidemiology and aetiology of elite tennis injuries. Danielle is also the Australian Fed Cup team manager.

Kristal Hammond - Lead Physiologist (Swimming) - Victorian Institute of Sport

Kristal is a swimmer, physiologist and crazy dog lady. Kristal’s career in the sports industry has seen her transition from internship at the Western Bulldog Football Club (where she was able to follow her research interest in altitude acclimatization and turn it into an Honours project) through to working with the Australian ‘Olyroos’ to altitude before they competed in the World Cup in Columbia. The opportunity then arose to work a large multinational collaboration to investigate soccer played at high altitude. Kristal noticed that on both of these projects there was an element of training and/or competition in the heat in addition to altitude, which prompted her investigation into the effects of combining heat and altitude on endurance performance for her PhD. More recently Kristal has taken to opportunity to reengage with her swimming passion by taking up the role as lead physiologist at the VIS working with the high performance swimming program. This appointment has enabled Kristal to work with elite coaches and world class/Olympic Gold Medal athletes as swimming embraces the opportunities emerging technologies are unlocking too better prescribe, monitor and quantify progression within that sport. She is now an integral part of the VIS and Swimming Australia support teams and has assisted in preparing athletes for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 World Championships and currently in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.



Tuesday, 19 November 2019  7:00am - 9:00am


Rydges on Swanston
701 Swanston Street
Carlton, Melbourne, VIC


ESSA Member        $10.00
Non Member    $20.00 


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Rydges on Swanston 701 Swanston Street Carlton Melbourne, VIC

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