Adrian Faccioni
Chancellor's Award for Contribution to Sport Joint Winner

Masters of Sports Studies, 1996

Throughout his career in sports science and high performance sports management, Adrian Faccioni has been a leader and an innovator, paving the way for the use of GPS tracking technology on high performance athletes in order to reduce injury rates, increase fitness levels specific to the demands of different sports, and alert coaches to potential muscle fatigue and strain.

From 1990 to 2000, Adrian worked as a University Lecturer and Course Convener for the UC Sports Coaching degree. Here, Adrian made a significant contribution to the growth of the University of Canberra as Australia's leading sports university, and solidified his standing in the profession with a strong publication record in his discipline and the development of one of the leading sports coaching and management programs in Australia.

In 2000, Adrian left UC to establish GPSports in Canberra, and introduced an Australian-first GPS Athlete Management System to the market. Adrian's invention, which includes both hardware and software components, has revolutionised the ways in which high performance athletes and sports teams can monitor their athletic workloads to improve their ability to meet the strenuous demands of elite sport. This technology has been a game changer for sport at the highest levels both domestically and internationally.

To date, NFL Superbowl champions the Seattle Seahawks, as well as Spanish football champions Barcelona, UK Premier League champions Chelsea and Liverpool, the Australian Kangaroos (NRL), the Australian Wallabies (ARU), and a growing list of rugby league, rugby union, AFL teams and other sporting professions are using Adrian's device.

Adrian has recently established AxSys Performance, a company that markets the "pump and Virtual Personal Trainer", a wearable electronic gym training aid. In 2015, AxSys Performance was awarded a competitive funding grant by Innovation Connect, the ACT Government's flagship innovation program that encourages the development and commercialisation of innovative concepts.


Sport and Exercise Science