Personal profile

Personal profile

I am fascinated by how people learn and especially by how movement emerges as a result of individual and environmental factors. I have extensive experience teaching a range of subjects, including skill acquisition, motor control, motor learning and developing talent and expertise, to name a few, as well as in the development of bespoke educational content for industry and educational institutions related to teaching and learning motor skills. For my teaching I was awarded several teaching and learning awards. 

With a genuine interest in understanding how experts perform motor skills and make decisions in sports-related tasks, I have authored and co-authored scientific publications and published on the importance of talent identification and development programs in youth sport, the role of perceptual and cognitive skills and abilities in the development of sporting expertise, and the assessment and development of collective behaviour. My most recent work takes a meta-scientific perspective on the skill acquisition literature, trying to understand what it is we know, and do not know, about how people learn sports-related motor tasks.
I currently preside an international skill acquisition research group and a teaching and learning workgroup where new advances in research and teaching and learning are presented and discussed. 

Alongside my teaching, publications and research activity, I have provided skill acquisition and performance analysis support across a range of team sports, including Australian Football at the QBE Sydney Swans and QBE Sydney Swans Academy, Football in Australia and Europe, and Rugby. I am currently an associate editor for Science and Medicine in Football, the world's leading football science journal. I was an executive board member of the Australasian Skill Acquisition Network between 2018-2022.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Physical edication, Doctor of Philosophy, Pathways to successful sports involvement in children, Ghent University

Award Date: 15 Jan 2014

Physical education, Master of Science, The relationship between diet and carnosine concentrations in the skeletal muscle, Ghent University

Award Date: 01 Sept 2010

Physical education, Bachelor of Science, Ghent University

Award Date: 01 Sept 2008

External positions

Adjunct research fellow, University of Technology Sydney

30 Apr 202130 Apr 2026

Associate editor - Science and Medicine in Football, Science and Medicine in Football (journal)

01 Jan 2019 → …

Subject keywords

  • Skill Acquisition
  • Replication
  • Meta-Science
  • Motor Learning
  • Expertise
  • Talent
  • Maturation
  • Motor development
  • Coordination


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