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Personal Development

The Queensland Academy of Sport’s Personal Development (PD) program is designed to optimise the sporting performance of Queensland categorised athletes by offering a range of varied services. These services include; orientation and induction into the high performance environment, personal and professional development opportunities, community engagement, wellbeing, education and studying advice and transitions out of sport.

The PD team offers these services to categorised Queensland athletes competing in a range of sports, including but not limited to; swimming, water polo, sailing, wheelchair rugby, rowing, triathlon, hockey, volleyball, softball, track and field, cycling, individual sports and the Prospecting for Gold (P4G) program.

Nationally, Personal Development is recognised as Personal Excellence by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). As well as the AIS providing this service in Canberra, all state and territory institutes/academies of sport have advisors to replicate the nationwide program. In 1995, the Athlete Career and Education (ACE) program was developed to combat issues that were becoming more prevalent for the modern elite athlete. Over time, this type of program has evolved to be the leader in its field and is internationally recognised.

The challenge confronting many athletes is how to maintain a balance between sport and the rest of their lives. The PD program aims to support athletes in achieving this balance without compromising their sporting goals. Research shows that athletes with a balanced lifestyle are more likely to achieve their sporting goals, cope better with potential stresses such as injuries and have more confidence in what the future will hold after retiring from their sport.

The QAS PD team is composed of fully qualified personnel who are experts in the needs of elite athletes in both amateur and professional sports. Presently, there are five PD Advisors servicing up to 400 athletes.

Personal Development team

Liz Hepple

Liz Hepple

Liz Hepple - PD Advisor, High Performance Team 2

The longest serving PD Advisor at the QAS. Liz had a long and successful sporting career which saw her compete in cycling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and triathlon at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. Since 1993, Liz has undertaken various roles at the QAS which have involved mentoring and coaching. Over the last 10 years Liz has been putting her Bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Studies and Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling for Elite Athletes to use in her role as PD Advisor. Liz continues to ride the famous Mt Cootha circuit daily, putting many younger cyclists through their paces.

Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles - PD Advisor, High Performance Team 1

Mark has recently joined the team, and as a former elite athlete he has the skills and knowledge to give back and share his experiences. Mark was the long term Australian Kookaburras Hockey team captain and proudly played over 300 games for his country. Having represented Australia at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, Mark has been crowned as an Olympic gold and bronze medallist. As a result of his captaincy, Mark developed a wealth of leadership qualities which are strongly admired amongst athletes and PD Advisors. Mark will continue to be active in the hockey community by playing and coaching in the Brisbane competition. In his spare time, Mark can be found 4x4ing along the Queensland coast and renovating his family home.

Annette Moore

Annette Moore

Annette Moore - PD Advisor, High Performance Team 3

Annette has been part of the PD team since 2014 and a member of the wider QAS team for over ten years. With a degree in Human Resources, Annette has also played a crucial role within the QAS HR Department for the past eight years. This knowledge and experience compliments her Graduate Certificate in Elite Athlete Mentoring and recognises Annette as an ideal PD Advisor for QAS athletes. Annette primarily works with the P4G Program and individual scholarship holders in her two days per week role. Outside of work, Annette loves spending time with her family and in particular, enjoys taking their camper trailer out for the weekend.

Christine Voge

Christine Voge

Christine Voge – PD Advisor, High Performance Team 1

Christine has recently joined the team after working at the QAS for a number of years in various roles. Her experience in the university and education system, knowledge of research and literature within high performance sport, as well as her role as an elite level netball coach place Christine in a great position to make a real impact on the athletes she will work with. Christine holds a Certified Elite Netball Coaching Accreditation as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and is currently completing her MBA. She will work 3 days per week in this role and will mainly look after the hockey and cycling programs. In her spare time, Christine can also be found running around being a mum to two young active boys and on the sideline coaching elite netballers.

Adam Woolnough

Adam Woolnough

Adam Woolnough - Senior PD Advisor, High Performance Team 2

Adam has been a QAS PD Advisor since the beginning of 2015. His employment at the QAS has followed a NRL career which lasted from 2002 to 2011. During this time, Adam played for the Newcastle Knights, Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm, totalling 155 games. Since Adam commenced at the QAS, the PD program has evolved to establish lasting partnerships with hospitals and charity organisations. Adam has combined his experience within the high performance sport environment and his Graduate Certificate in Elite Athlete Mentoring to drive new initiatives and strategic direction. In his down time, Adam can be seen at the local hardware store or dreaming about the next family travel adventure.

Last updated
1 June 2018