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Media Statement: ESSA Congratulates Newest Life Member and Fellowships

Last week at its national conference, Research to Practice 2018, Exercise & Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) Chief Executive Officer, Anita Hobson-Powell, had the honour of announcing ESSA’s third Life member, Dr Phil Hamdorf.

“Phil Hamdorf has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to ESSA and has dedicated many years to the exercise and sports science industry. As a founding member, Phil has provided an enormous contribution to ESSA and the wider industry and is more than deserving of becoming an honorary Life member,” said Anita.

Dr Hamdorf is past President, Secretary and has been a Fellow of ESSA since 2003. He is a Fellow and Past President of Sports Medicine Australia (SA Chapter) and earned a Churchill Fellowship to examine older adult programs within the USA, England, Canada and Finland.

Dr Hamdorf is past Chairperson of the NUCAP Committee and was directly involved in the early development of NUCAP and standards for accreditation of Exercise Physiologists within ESSA.

As Chief Exercise Physiologist for the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Dr Hamdorf founded the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing which has gone on to become one of Australia’s finest rehabilitation centres specialising in the provision of older adult programs and services.

Dr Hamdorf has an extensive history in sports administration working as Executive Director of the Office for Recreation and Sport, South Australian Government, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian College of Physical Education Ltd and now as Executive Director – Sport Development in the New South Wales Government’s Office of Sport.

During the evening, ESSA’s three newest Fellowships were also announced.

ESSA Fellow membership is available to Full members of ESSA and recognises those who have achieved a high level of professional accomplishment, responsibility and service to ESSA.

“The awarding of an ESSA Fellowship allows us to recognise a long-standing member that has made a significant impact on the industry and has continued to provide their support and dedication to the association,” says ESSA Chief Executive Officer, Anita Hobson-Powell.

ESSA wishes to congratulate the following three members on this achievement, and thank them for their contributions to ESSA and the industry so far.

  • Nathan Reeves
  • Sebastian Buccheri
  • Robert Mullins

ESSA Fellowship applications are accepted bi-annually on 30th June and 1st December each year. ESSA members will be reminded later in 2018 of this opportunity should they wish to apply.