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Professor Kevin G. Thompson is the CEO of the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) based at Sydney Olympic Park.  From 2013-2017, he was the Inaugural Director of the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise.   Prior to that he held a number of senior positions in high performance sport, namely National Director of Sport Sciences and Regional Director (North) at the English Institute of Sport (2002-2009) and Manager of Coaching, Sports Science and Sports Medicine at the Welsh Institute of Sport (1999-2002).   

Professor Thompson has published over 200 articles relating to the field of sport science and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.  From 2009-2017, he has attracted significant grant and consultancy funding (>$5M).  

Professor Thompson was awarded Fellowship of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2009 and Fellowship of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2013. He has been a Section Editor of the European Journal of Sport Sciences and an Associate Editor and Advisory Board Member of the International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance. 

Professor Thompson has contributed to committees and working parties in the UK which developed the National Coaching Certificate and helped to establish a career path for Sport Physicians in the UK.  He has also contributed to the development and design of a number of major sport facilities including: Wales National 50-m Swimming Pool, Swansea (opened 2002), English Institute of Sport Regional Performance Centre, Gateshead (opened Mar 2006), Sunderland (UK) 50-m swimming pool (opened March 2007), Northumbria University Sport Central building (2010).  Most recently, he has been part of the design and project management team bringing the University of Canberra Sport Commons to fruition (opened in 2014) which includes the  Brumbies super 15 rugby club as well as state-of-the-art education and research facilities.

Professor Thompson has been a strong advocate of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) acting as a Chair of the Sport and Performance Division and Special Sports Science Committee.  Notably, he was the first sport science practitioner to be examined and awarded the BASES High Performance Sport Accreditation as a practising sport scientist in the UK (2002) and has held BASES Sport and Exercise Scientist (Physiology – scientific support) accreditation since 1996.  Professor Thompson has long supported the professional accreditation and development of applied sport scientists and has published discussion articles and research in this area.  A recent example was an article calling for wider accreditation of sport scientists in Australia (http://theconversation.edu.au/sports-science-time-for-proper-accreditation-12095).

Professor Thompson was recently an invited expert witness expert witness at Parliament of Australia, Senate Inquiry into "The practice of sports science in Australia", Public Hearing – Canberra on June 12th 2013.




Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Liverpool John Moores University

Master, University of Sheffield

Bachelor, Nottingham Trent University

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Projects 2012 2021

Research Output 1987 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Characterizing the plasma metabolome during 14 days of live-high, train-low simulated altitude: A metabolomic approach

Lawler, N. G., Abbiss, C. R., Gummer, J. P. A., Broadhurst, D. I., Govus, A. D., Fairchild, T. J., Thompson, K. G., Garvican-Lewis, L. A., Gore, C. J., Maker, G. L., Trengove, R. D. & Peiffer, J. J., 2019, In : Experimental Physiology. 104, 1, p. 81-92 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Metabolic Networks and Pathways

False-performance feedback does not affect punching forces and pacing of elite boxers

Halperin, I., Chapman, D. W., Thompson, K. G. & Abbiss, C., 2019, In : Journal of Sports Sciences. 37, 1, p. 59-66 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Hyperoxia enhances self-paced exercise performance to a greater extent in cool than hot conditions

Périard, J. D., Houtkamp, D., Bright, F., Daanen, H., Abbiss, C. R., Thompson, K. G. & Clark, B., Sep 2019, In : Experimental Physiology. 104, 9, p. 1398-1407 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hot Temperature
2 Citations (Scopus)

Improved Performance in National-Level Runners With Increased Training Load at 1600 and 1800 m

Sharma, A. P., Saunders, P. U., Garvican-Lewis, L. A., Clark, B., Welvaert, M., Gore, C. J. & Thompson, K. G., Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 14, 3, p. 286-295 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oceans and Seas
Carbon Monoxide

Independent Influence of Spinal Cord Injury Level on Thermoregulation during Exercise

Forsyth, P., Miller, J., Pumpa, K., Thompson, K. G. & Jay, O., Aug 2019, In : Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 51, 8, p. 1710-1719 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Body Temperature Regulation
Spinal Cord Injuries