New SASI Managers bring world-class experience

The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) is delighted to welcome Kevin Tabotta and Keren Faulkner to the team, who both have a wealth of experience in high-performance sport.

Kevin Tabotta and Keren Faulkner

Tabotta has commenced as SASI’s High-Performance Manager after spending the past five years working out of Girona, Spain as the Performance Director for the GreenEDGE UCI World Tour professional cycling teams.

During this time, he helped lead a performance strategy towards success in some of the world’s biggest road cycling races including the Tour de France.

Working in this new role, Tabotta is aiming to bring new perspectives and ideas to the team, while also collaborating with staff to build on the impressive work that’s already being carried out.

“Firstly, I am looking forward to learning from the highly regarded performance team at SASI,” Tabotta said.

“I hope that my experiences and knowledge gained in both Olympic and professional sports can provide some extra insights and become another resource for our performance team, so as to complement the great work that is already happening at SASI.”

Tabotta’s involvement working in high-performance cycling roles dates back to 1997.

This includes working in performance manager and director roles with AusCycling for 12 years, leading the National High-Performance Unit and Teams at three Olympic and Paralympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and multiple World Championships.

Looking forward, Tabotta is excited to be part of SASI’s future growth, continuing to set a very high standard for elite sport in Australia.

“I am especially motivated to be involved with the facility projects for SASI’s new HQ and the Australian Centre for Sport Aerodynamics over the next couple of years – these will be key drivers during SASI’s evolution and its positive impact on SA and Australian sport.”

Keren Faulkner will also be bringing her worldly experience to SASI in her new role as Performance Services Manager.

Faulkner has supported Australian athletes competing in the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games, and the London and Tokyo Paralympic Games, while working in various roles and organisations.

Her career path in sport began as a physiotherapist working with local netball teams and the Australian Institute of Sport, before she then went on to work as a Performance Services Manager for Paralympics Australia and AusCycling.

By joining the SASI team, Faulkner not only wants to play a part in helping athletes thrive, but also assist them in having a positive impact on the community.

“As a parent to three active kids and a daughter to two active grandparents, I’m keen to promote sport and exercise for all South Australians,” Faulkner said.

“SASI has a role in influencing others through great role models and inspiring performances.”

SASI Director Wes Battams said he was thrilled to have the two new recruits on board, further adding to the elite calibre of staff working for SASI.

“Kevin and Keren bring with them a range of new skills, expertise and experiences and I have no doubt they will enhance SASI’s reputation as the heart of South Australia’s sporting success,” Battams said.

“It’s exciting times ahead for our organisation as more world-class staff join the team before we move to the new SASI HQ at Mile End next year.”