Women in Sport

Providing opportunities for women in sport

At the University of Canberra, we are ideally and uniquely positioned in the nation’s capital to become Australia’s leading university for sport education and research. An area where we are making an impact is through our women in sport research through engagement with our grassroots, community, and high-performance sporting networks, and through our world-renowned academic and professional staff, and industry partnerships.

UC Sport Strategy:
Women in Sport Industry Partner Scholarships

As part of the University of Canberra Sport Strategy, UCRISE will welcome PhD Scholarships co-funded with an industry partner focusing on women in sport. Through these scholarships we will address the gaps in knowledge, practice and management of women in high performance sport, community sport, coaching, officiating, leading sports organisations, the media, sports integrity, and sports law.

ACT Brumbies

Craig Bolger

Evaluating the physical demands of women’s rugby union.

Professor David Pyne

Director UCRISE, High Performance Sport

Canberra Raiders

Riley Brassington

Talent Identification, anthropometry, and Performance analytics in NRLW & NRL.

Dr Julie Cooke

Associate Professor Anatomy and Physiology

Capital Football

Joshua Waugh

Promoting health and performance in elite and youth female football athletes.

Dr Jocelyn Mara

Assistant Professor in Sport Analytics


Kevin John

Influence of post-exercise hot water immersion heat acclimation on endurance and neuromuscular performance in female athletes.

Professor Julien Periard

Deputy Director UCRISE, Environmental Physiology

QLD Academy of Sport

Lachlan Kerin

Performance, profiling and tapering elite female swimmers.

Professor David Pyne

Director UCRISE, High Performance Sport

Ongoing PhD Research Focusing on Female Athletes

Other UC sport research projects are addressing several topics in women in sport in areas ranging from nutrition to warm-ups, iron deficiency and supplementation, and low-energy availability practices. These projects involve a PhD candidate, one or more UC supervisors, and an industry partner. The research outcomes should be useful for coaches and athletes, as well as sports science and sports medicine practitioners, and academic researchers.

Australian Powerlifting Union

Claire Buechel

Nutritional approaches to support refeeding post chronic energy restriction in athlete

Dr Michelle Minehan

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics


Billy Mason

The use of acute exercise interventions as strategies to improve athlete readiness and physical performance in team sport athletes

Professor Nick Ball

Sport and Exercise Science


Michael Pengelly

The effect of iron deficiency on sport specific performance among female athletes and supplementation to mitigate the consequences experienced from deficiencies

Dr Naroa Extebarria

Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Science


Margot Rogers

Uncoupling exposure from disease: improving epidemiological rigour in the study of low energy availability and its translation to practice in elite female athletes

Professor Gordon Waddington

Sport and Exercise Medicine

Contact us

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