Strand 1 – Youth Athlete Development Conference (YADC 2020)
Dr Craig Harrison
Dr Craig Harrison is the founder of the Athlete Development Project, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Auckland University of Technology and the host of the Athlete Development Show. He is passionate about finding new ways to build environments that nurture young athletes and allow them to fulfil their potential and chase down their sporting dreams.
Teo Siew Lan
Ms Teo Siew Lan is a Senior Teacher at St Hilda’s Secondary School. As a passionate Volleyball coach, she has served as assistant coach for Youth Olympic Women’s team and SEA Games Men’s team in 2010 and 2015 respectively. She believes in setting an autonomy supportive environment to help her athletes to grow on and off the court.
Dr Haresh Suppiah
Dr Haresh Suppiah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sport and Exercise Science at La Trobe University, and previously a Senior Sport Physiologist at the National Youth Sports Institute. He uses data analytics techniques to complement his research, and to obtain deeper insights to optimise athlete support strategies. His primary research interests are in applied sport science with a focus on the implications of sleep on human performance.
Jesse Phillips is a 2012 Olympian and a 5-time National Sprint Canoe Champion. He got his start as a paddler through the Western Australia Institute of Sport (WAIS) Talent Search which identified him as a future champion. Through this programme, Jesse achieved his childhood dreams of being in the Australian Olympic Team. Jesse believes that active participation in sports at any level, and particularly when striving to be your very best, both promotes and transcends actualisation.
Dr Li Pingwei
Dr Li Pingwei has recently completed her PhD in sport and movement sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research focuses on the predictability of success in elite sporting success based on success at the junior level. She is motivated to use her research to influence changes in federations and coaches on their talent identification and development processes.
Kelvin Ho was the coach for the Badminton team at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), where shuttler Jaslyn Hooi narrowly missed out on a medal. Kelvin will share how the experience garnered at YOG will help prepare the Singapore athletes as they transit towards the senior major games.
Assoc. Prof Kristoffer Henriksen
Assoc. Prof Henriksen is the Head of Research Unit for Learning and Talent in Sport at the University of Southern Denmark. His work on the Holistic Ecological Approach (HEA) to athlete development has helped shape how athletic talent development environments are understood. The HEA has been implemented in a range of sports across Europe and Asia. Assoc. Prof Henkriksen’s latest work builds on the HEA by looking at how coordination between organisations can strengthen athlete development environments.
Lim Chea Rong
Coach Chea Rong is the Head Coach of the Shooting Academy at Singapore Sports School. She is currently the only Singaporean to hold the highest coaching level (Class A) from the International Shooting Sport Federation. Coach Chea Rong has created a talent development environment at the SSP Shooting Academy which produced athletes who have won medals for Singapore at the SEA Games, Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.
Mr Thomas Buza is the Secretary General of the Swedish Table Tennis Association. Thomas has been involved in Table Tennis as a player, coach and administrator for almost 20 years. At the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships in Hungary, Swedish paddler Mattias Falck became the first European to reach a final in 16 years.
Dr Tim Buszard
Tim is a research fellow working for Victoria University and Tennis Australia. His research largely focuses on skill acquisition in youth sport; whether it be at the grassroots level or in an elite academy. He has also worked as a skill acquisition specialist across various sports clubs and academies, including Australian Football, cricket and field hockey.
Assoc. Prof Chow Jia Yi
Assoc. Prof Chow is Associate Dean for Programme and Student Development at the National Institute of Education. He is also on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sport Psychology and Sports Medicine. Assoc. Prof Chow’s research interests include the development of non-linear pedagogy and the implementation of ecological dynamics.
Dr Jonathan Leo Ng
Dr Jonathan Ng is an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Otago and current works at the Physical Sports and Outdoor Education Branch of the Ministry of Education. Dr Ng’s work has focused on the use of ecological dynamics in impacting curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in movement-based lessons. His research has suggested that movement competence is a multi-dimensional construct that is best developed through varied movement experiences.
Strand 2: High Performance Development – “Pursuit of Excellence”
Professor David B. Pyne
Professor David B. Pyne is a research professor at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE) in Canberra, Australia. Pyne has 30 years’ experience as a sports scientist (physiologist), attended four Olympic Games, and is currently involved with emerging athletes and coaches. His sporting background covers swimming, basketball, rugby, Australian football, cricket and athletics. Pyne’s research work in the areas of exercise and the immune system, environmental physiology, and fitness and conditioning for sports, exercise and physical activity is recognised internationally. Pyne has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers, with an H-Index of 65, and supervised 21 PhD students to completion. He was Foundation Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance from 2004-2009 and currently serves as a Consulting Editor. Pyne is a member of Sports Medicine Australia, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr Marcus Lee
Dr Marcus Lee leads the Sport Biomechanics Team in the Singapore Sport Institute. He completed his PhD in Biomechanics and Motor Control, and a post-doctoral research fellowship in Public Health at The University of Western Australia. He is a director on the board of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports. He manages the Biomechanics support provided to Team Singapore coaches and athletes across a range of sports, and is interested in how vision and movement contribute to skilled action and injury prevention. He is passionate about helping Singaporeans to Live Better Through Sports.
Dr Timothy Suchomel
Dr. Tim Suchomel is an Assistant Professor of exercise science and the Program Director of the Sport Physiology and Performance Coaching master’s program at Carroll University in the United States. His research interests include weightlifting movements and their derivatives, strength and power development, and athlete monitoring. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics and regularly presents at both the national and international level. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Suchomel also serves as a human performance coach and leads the athlete monitoring program at Carroll University. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction (CSCS*D) and registered strength and conditioning coach (RSCC) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and serves as the Chair of the NSCA’s Sport Science and Performance Technology Special Interest Group.
Dr Richard Swinbourne
Richard is a New Zealand trained Dietitian through the University of Otago, and completed his Sport Dietitian course with Sport Dietitians Australia. Richard worked with the New Zealand Rugby Union as their High Performance Nutritionist for National All Black Teams between 2007-2014. Nine years ago Richard stepped sideways to explore the world of sleep among elite athletes, completing his doctorate with the Auckland University of Technology. Richard is currently the team lead of sport nutrition at the Singapore Sport Institute. Richard is enjoying the application of both his nutrition and sleep knowledge to our elite sporting environment here in Singapore, and will be sharing his own unique insights and those of his sport science colleague’s in his keynote address “From broken circuits to completing the loop; Sport science support at SSI during uncertain times”.
Richard looks forward to seeing you at the presentation.
Danny is the Team Lead for Strength and Conditioning at Singapore Sport Institute and a PhD candidate at Nanyang Technological University. He has been working with sports teams such as bowling, diving, track cycling, sprint kayaking and grappling sports. Apart from training the athletes, he is also involved with conducting research studies in the area of post-activation performance enhancement and isometric strength training.
Serving as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Singapore Sport Institute, Kelvin is involved with the physical preparation of athletes in sports including archery, fencing, para-archery, and water polo. He earned a master’s degree in sport science and is an accredited Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist under the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
Chen Siow Ee
She is one of the strength and conditioning coaches at Singapore Sport Institute, currently working with teams such as Wushu, Taekwondo and Hockey. She was graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Science & Management.
She was also involved in research on the effects of post activation performance enhancement using different modes of exercises and comparing the effect of using different variable resistance intensities on jumping performance.
Dr Luqman Aziz
Dr Luqman Aziz completed his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia’s School of Sport Science, Exercise & Health and is currently a Sport Biomechanist at the Singapore Sport Institute. He has nine years of research experience in Biomechanics, Tutoring (University level – Laboratory and Theory supervision), providing Strength & Conditioning Training, and holding Sports Science related seminars. Dr Aziz is part of a sport science team which supports the national athletes of Singapore where he applies his knowledge in biomechanics to assist, improve and monitor the performance of athletes with the aim of maximising their potential. His research interests include the use of wearable portable sensors for training load monitoring, visual-perceptual motor skills coupling and injury risks assessment both in the Sporting and Clinical field.
Joyce completed her training as a psychologist in the University of Queensland and attained her Master of Applied Psychology in Sport and Exercise. She has been working with Sailing since joining SSI in 2014 and travelled with the team for their training camps and international competitions (i.e. Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games, Olympic Test Events, World Championships, and World Cups). Apart from Sailing, Joyce also supports athletes and coaches from a range of sports to achieve optimal performance, enhance mental recovery, and ensure athletes’ and coaches’ mental health and wellbeing.
Liyan is a Sport Dietitian with the Singapore Sport Institute. She works with athletes from Badminton, Table Tennis, Bowling, Gymnastics, Synchronised Swimming and Diving, providing them with team based and individual nutrition support and guidance. Working with mostly indoor sport athletes, her research interest is in vitamin D and its impact on health and sport performance. She also has special interest in working with aesthetic athletes, focusing on carbohydrate periodization for weight loss. Due to her involvement in aesthetic sports, she set up a screening program aimed at identifying athletes at risk of developing conditions related to low energy availability. Liyan holds a Bachelor degree in Food Science and Technology, a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a post-graduate diploma in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee. She is also level 1 ISAK (International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry) certified.
Andrew is a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Singapore Sport Institute (SSI) with a Master of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University. He is currently working with Swimming, Badminton, Para Swimming and Slingers. Prior to joining SSI in 2018, he was with the Football Association of Singapore and Home United Football Club.
Dr Raymond So Chi-hung
Dr Raymond So is currently the Director of Elite Training Science and Technology of the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI), the elite training center in Hong Kong. He has been actively involved in sports training and sports medicine research for many years. His major responsibility at the HKSI is to drive innovation and scientific, medical and technological support to coaches to systematically and positively impact athletes’ high performance results. He has done extensive research on windsurfing, in the areas of muscle activation patterns, physiological demand and training methods. In recent years, he emphasises on performance enhancement of elite cyclists. His research areas include muscle fatigue pattern in different cycling techniques, energy utilization during different types of cycling competition and recovery modalities. His research work is published in international academic and professional journals and numerous keynote and invitational presentations. Dr So has served the Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science for 20 years and was the President from 2001 to 2005, he is currently a Commission Member of the Association. Besides, he serves as a member of the Athletes Performance Enhancement Sub-Committee of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled, a member of the Medical & Sports Science Committee of the Asian Paralympic Committee, a member of the Committee on Physical Education of the Curriculum Development Council, a member of the Education Commission of the International Federation of Sports Medicine, an executive member of the Asian Federation of Sports Medicine, a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Sports Performance Centres, and Secretary of the Preparatory Executive Committee of the Association of Sports Institutes in Asia. He is also a member of the Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness Editorial Board.
Chua Man Tong
After graduating from the NTU Sport Science and Management programme in 2019, Man Tong is presently working as a Sport Physiologist at SSI and a National Squash Junior Coach. A Team Singapore Athlete himself, he is extremely keen in pursuing excellence not just in his sport, but also academically, especially in the field of exercise physiology. He has been granted the privilege to pursue his PhD studies in 2021 through the NTU Research Scholarship and intend to continually contribute to Singapore’s sporting ecosystem.