Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Keynote Speakers


The following Keynote Speakers have been confirmed for WCPAS IX:


Prof. Brian Dawson Ph.D.

Movement Patterns in Team Sports: How to they relate to performance?

Brian Dawson is a Winthrop Professor of sport and exercise physiology in the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia, where he has been based since 1982.He has nearly 200 journal papers in print, many concerning the physiology of intermittent high intensity exercise in the football codes and other team sports. In the football world he was the Fitness Coach from 1988-2000 for the West Coast Eagles FC (AFL), and currently continues as a research consultant to them, has a Level 3 Australian Football coaching accreditation and has been an assistant and Senior coach with Swan Districts FC in the WAFL (State League), taking the Reserves (2006) and Senior team (2010) to Premierships. In 2011 he coached the WAFL State team.

Barry Drust Ph.D.


Andy Scoulding



Performance Analysis in Elite Soccer – English FA Premier League

Dr. Barry Drust is a Reader at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK and an internationally recognised expert in the physiology of intermittent exercise and match analysis in soccer. Barry is also active as an applied practitioner serving as a sport science consultant with Liverpool Football Club.  Barry is a BASES accredited exercise physiologist (scientific support) and a member of the editorial board for The Journal of Sports Sciences (Performance Analysis), the Open Sports Science Journal and the International Journal of Performance Analysis of Sport.

Andy Scoulding is the Head of Technical Analysis at Liverpool Football Club, a sport science graduate from the University of Wales Swansea (2003) and a Level 7 ISPAS accredited analyst.  He has worked at three professional football clubs.  In the UK he has worked with Fulham as a consultant working on behalf of ProZone Sports Ltd. where in 2007 he was made head of the department and continued in this role until 2010. Whilst at Fulham he worked under four Managers including Roy Hodgson, Chris Coleman, Mark Hughes and Lawrie Sanchez. In 2009 they recorded the club’s highest ever league finish and in 2010 he was part of the team that reached the final of the Europa League. At the start of the 2010/11 Season he joined Roy Hodgson at Liverpool Football Club as the Head of Technical Analysis. In his time at Liverpool he has witness enormous changes to everything they do, from their own working practices to new coaching team and management styles, and even the owners have changed. One thing that remains constant is his desire to deliver analysis at the highest level and in the most consistent and relevant formats. He heads a department that that is growing exponentially and is convinced that the role of analysis and the provision of the most appropriate analysis is paramount for success.

Tony Kirkbride Ph.D.

Media Channels for Performance Analysis

Dr Tony Kirkbride is the manager of the Sports Technology Centre at The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. Tony’s current interests include materials science and engineering, sports science, computer networking, telemetry and tracking, and the promotion of science and technology. He is a leading figure in performance analysis and feedback technology, performance analysis in the media, cricket analysis and the use of technology in sports officiating.

Wynford Leyshon Ph.D.

Performance Analysis in the Management of High Performance Sport – International 400m Hurdles

Wynford Leyshon competed for Wales and GB in track athletics gaining a silver medal in the 4 x 400m relay in the World Student Games in Moscow in 1973. He also competed in the 400m hurdles at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand.  Wynford is a High Performance Level 4 Coach in hurdles and coached Rhys Williams (gold medal in the 400m Hurdles at the 2003 under 20 European Championships) and David Greene (European, Commonwealth and World Champion in 400m Hurdles) as a youngster at Swansea Harriers.   In 2011 Sports Coach UK awarded the “Coaching Chain” Award to Wynford Leyshon, Darrell Maynard, Benke Blomquiste and Malcolm Arnold in recognition of their contribution to coaching David throughout his career. Wynford has a keen interest in using performance analysis to improve the athletes that he coaches and has worked to develop Performance Indicators for the event and produce innovative methods of displaying the analysis.

Prof. Jaime Sampaio Ph.D.
Performance Analysis in Basketball

Jaime Sampaio holds a Ph.D. in Performance Analysis in Team Sports. He is heading the Research in Team Sports Laboratory at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro and the Sports Performance Group at the Research Center for Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development (government accredited and funded). He is heading an international research team in the field of Performance Analysis in Team Sports using Quantitative Static and Dynamical Modelling, resulting in several granted research programmes and scientific publications. He is a regular keynote speaker at the Iberian Congress of Basketball Research. Jaime sits on the editorial board of several international peer-reviewed journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Sports Sciences Journal (USA).

Vicky Tolfrey Ph.D.


The Role of Performance Analysis during Wheelchair Games Play to Help Inform Individualised Training Strategies

Dr Vicky Tolfrey, Reader in Applied Disability Sport at Loughborough University, is a BASES Accredited Scientist and has provided applied sport science support to Paralympic athletes since 1994, and has attended the Atlanta, Sydney Paralympic Games, the Cyprus holding camp for Athens 2004 and the Far East holding camp for Beijing 2008. She is currently involved with the preparations for London 2012. Vicky has worked with the GB wheelchair basketball squad since 1998, where initially she worked full-time as the Sports Science Officer, now she acts in a consultancy capacity. Vicky has an excellent research track record in disability sport and it is clearly evident that she has advanced the physiological sport-specific training technical knowledge of wheelchair sports such as basketball by taking an evidence-based research approach from both a physiological and biomechanical perspective. Vicky is the editor of one of the few scientific international handbooks on sports science in adapted sports ‘Wheelchair Sport’ published by Human Kinetics. Vicky is the Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (Loughborough University) where she manages the centre’s activities. Current work includes i) the development of sport specific testing of wheelchair games players; ii) investigation the wheelchair configurations for wheelchair court sports; iii) examining the seasonal changes of fitness and anthropometric profiles of wheelchair basketball players and iv) is currently working with UK Sport and McLaren Technologies on an indoor GPS system to track wheelchair basketball performance. Vicky received a BASES Award for Good Practice in Applied Sport Science and in 2011 was awarded a BASES Fellowship for her work in Disability Sport.






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