Sports Performance and Prevention Conference 2019 – Three Speakers Added

The Sports Performance and Prevention Conference (SPPC) organisers, in collaboration with ACC SportSmart and New Zealand Football, are excited to announce three additional speakers to the impressive line-up of both nationally and internationally acclaimed industry-experts and professionals providing a valuable learning and sharing opportunity in New Zealand Sport.

The 2019 Early bird ticket for the annual Sports Performance and Prevention Conference (SPPC) in Auckland in February are now on sale.

The SPPC sold out in 2018 so the organisers are encouraging all of the football community to get their tickets early to a world-class line-up of speakers.

Alongside the previously announced speakers: Tim Gabbett, Stacy Simms and Mick Hughes are Dr John Sampson, Matt Whalan and Sharon Kearney.



John is a Sports Scientist and has been a Senior Lecturer at The University of Wollongong for the past 10 years. Prior to moving to Australia he worked with Premier League Football and Super League Rugby clubs in the UK as a sports performance consultant. His primary research interests revolve around injury prevention and training load optimisation with current projects extending across professional Rugby League (NRL), American College Football, Community Sport and within the Australian Military training regime.


Matt is a physiotherapist and exercise physiologist and is currently completing his PhD in injury prevention in football at The University of Wollongong. He is part of Australia’s National Teams Unit working with the men’s Young Socceroos (U20s), Joeys (U17s) and women’s Young Matildas (U20s). He is also the head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services at Wollongong Wolves FC and has also worked with a range of other sporting codes including NSW County Cricket, South Sydney Rabbitohs (NRL) and Gold Cost Suns (AFL).


Sharon is a physiotherapist based in Christchurch and is currently the NetballSmart Injury Reduction Programme Manager with Netball New Zealand. Sharon has been involved with Netball New Zealand for over 26 years and as the former Silver Ferns Physiotherapist she attended five World Netball Champs, two Commonwealth Games and three World Youth Cups. In addition to working with the Elite netball programme Sharon worked with High Performance athletes at HPSNZ/New Zealand Academy of Sport since its inception. Sharon has now moved her focus to community based Netball by leading and developing the NNZ Injury reduction programme. Minimising Injury risk has always been an important part of Sharon’s high performance career to date and now she is enjoying having the time and capacity to make a meaningful difference to the “everyday athlete”.

“The Everyday Athlete” will be the central theme for the conference in 2019. With presentations focused around sports performance, injury prevention, the female athlete, coach responsibility and health and wellbeing within sport, ensuring the everyday athlete plus our sportsmen and women remain in the game, playing and performing well. With a superb line up of renowned professionals sharing their expert advice and practical learnings you can practically implement within your sport.

With an overall underlying approach to player welfare, health, well-being and development, the SPPC organisers welcome the likes of; high performance and athlete development personnel, strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists and sports physicians, through to community sport and coaching personnel within national and regional sports and governing bodies, across all sporting codes.

2019 Sports Performance and Prevention Conference - The Everyday Athlete

Where: AUT North Campus, 90 Akoranga Dr, Northcote, Auckland 0627

When: 8:30am - 5:30pm, Saturday 16 February 2019

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For Early bird Tickets: Click Here

For more information contact

Peter Thornton

NZ Football Media and Communications Manager

+64 27 403 8905