Athlete Advisory Group

At ASADA our shared mission is to build trust with athletes, sports and fans alike to allow everyone the opportunity to compete on a level playing field. To achieve this mission and to truly understand the doping landscape we need to work closely in partnership with everyone who holds a piece to the puzzle. As such we are looking at innovative ways to engage with athletes who understand their environment and the pressures of sport better than anyone.

ASADA's Athlete Advisory Group will inform ASADA's strategic direction and shape education strategies through the provision of insights into the pressures and influences in sport that may increase the risk and temptation to dope.

 

Alicia Quirk

  • Olympic gold medallist 2016 Rio Games
  • Debuted for Australian team in 2013, has played 24 games for the Women’s rugby sevens
  • Represented Australia in touch football and won the Touch World Cup in 2011
  • Qualified physiotherapist

Bronwyn Thompson

  • Three time Olympian in long jump at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics
  • Recurring injuries hampered her jumping career
  • During her career Bronwyn continued to place 4th on a number of occasions to Russian athletes
  • Gold Medal at 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne
  • Represented Australian at 2007 World Championships and 2008 Olympic Games
  • Currently works as a physiotherapist

Chloe Esposito

  • Australian Modern Pentathlon competitor
  • Esposito made history as the youngest Australian female modern pentathlete to compete at an Olympic selection event in 2007. The 15-year-old competed at the Oceania Championships but missed out on a spot on the Beijing Olympic Team
  • Competed in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Finished 7th overall in 2012 London Olympics
  • Chloe won Australia’s first gold medal in modern pentathlon the Rio Olympics in 2016 and set a new Olympic record of 1372 points in the event.

Chris Bond

  • Current Wheel Chair Rugby Athlete
  • International debut 2011 in Cardiff
  • First Paralympic gold medal in 2012
  • Gold medal at 2014 World Wheelchair Championships
  • Gold medal again in 2016
  • OAM Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours
  • 2016 was awarded Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Associated Senior Male Athlete of the year
  • Aiming for a 3rd gold medal at 2020 Olympics

Katrina Fanning

  • Represented Australia in Rugby League, most capped female player in the world when she retired
  • Board Member – Canberra Raiders
  • She volunteers her time to support her local community through a range of activities – creating an indigenous showcase to promote local businesses, driving NAIDOC week celebrations and sitting on the board of Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council.
  • An Advisor to governments and corporations by developing education, employment, health and other policies and programs to support indigenous Australians.

Michael Gallagher

  • Australian Paralympic cyclist who first represented Australia at the 2005 IPC European Championships
  • Victorian Athlete of the year with a  disability in 2006 and 2007
  • Won gold medals at 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Paralympics
  • 2013 was named cycling Australia’s elite male para-cyclist of the year
  • Returned a positive test for EPO from a training camp in Italy July 2016
  • Petria Thomas

  • Triple Olympic Gold Medallist, 8 Olympic medals in total over 3 Olympic games, flag bearer at 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Shoulder injuries plagued career, and has publicly spoken about mental health issues
  • Worked for Swimming Australia, now for Gymnastics Australia
  • Lives in Canberra mother to two young children

Tom Symonds

  • Played for Roosters NYC team in 2008 and 2009
  • NRL debut in Round 11 of the 2009 season vs Penrith Panthers
  • Played 27 games for the Roosters from 2009-2012
  • In 2013 Tom signed for Manly and went onto play 60 games from 2013-2016
  • Signed for the Huddersfield giants in Super League, went onto play 12 games from 2016-2018
  • Overall Tom played 87 NRL games and 12 games in the UK Super League.
  • Represented when selected for the NSW City Team in the (then) annual City V Country game. Played 2 games in total.
  • Played for PMXIII in 2015
  • Symonds is currently employed as the Players Operations Manager at Rugby League Players Association – RLPA.