Our Staff


Wes Battams

Wes Battams was appointed as Director of the South Australian Sports Institute in 1998.

He has been at the forefront of high performance sport in Australia for more than twenty five years. He has held positions in the NSW University sector, NSW Government and with the NSW Institute of Sport prior to commencing with SASI. Wes is a former Chairman of Australia's National Elite Sports Council (NESC) and a former Regional Vice President (Oceania) of the international Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC).

Over the past six Olympiads, Wes has served on many National High Performance sport advisory and management committees for a range of sports including cycling, diving, beach volleyball and indoor volleyball. In 2014 Wes also served as a panel member of the National Institutes Network (NIN) Review. Wes Battams' qualifications include a DipT, B.Ed. and a Master of Physical Education from the University of British Columbia.

Lorinda Rugless
High Performance Manager Operations

Simon Cain
High Performance Lead

Edward Denis
High Performance Lead

Letizia Gentile
Volunteer and Projects Coordinator

Jasmin Dawe
Sport Services Officer

Performance Services

Sarah Woolford
Sports Physiologist

Jamie Stanley
Sports Physiologist

Sian Barris
Sports Biomechanist

Tim Rawlins
Performance Analyst

Craig Colduck
Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach

David Haydon
Sports Engineer

Alek Saunders
Casual Strength and Conditioning Coach

James Pearce
Casual Strength and Conditioning Coach

Luke Knappstein
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Mark Gregory
Athlete Careers and Transition Lead

Christine MacLaren
Rowing Pathway Coordinator and Coach

Michael Maloney
Skill Acquisition Specialist

Alex McNaughton
Psychologist and Wellbeing Lead

Ashley Ross
Coach Development Lead

Steven Van Diepen
Talent Search Coordinator

Eileen Robertson
Senior Physiologist


Dr Geoff Verrall
Medical Coordinator

Olivia Warnes
Sports Nutritionist