ASADA-UC partnership ‘limited only by imagination’

17 January 2019

 ASADA CEO David Sharpe  and UC Vice Chancellor Professor Deep Saini

The new partnership between the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the University of Canberra (UC) will see both organisations further develop their major leadership roles in Australian sport.

The Collaborative Research partnership will see ASADA working alongside the UC’s Research Institute of Sport and Exercise on a range of projects related to Science, Education, Innovation, Technology and Intelligence, to name a few.

ASADA CEO David Sharpe says the relationship between ASADA and UC is “only limited by our imagination”.

“The partnership is innovative and ground breaking with the potential to push the barriers. We have plans to bring the world’s sports leaders to UC,” Sharpe says.

University of Canberra Vice Chancellor Professor Deep Saini says the collaboration further enhances UC’s status as Australia’s leading sporting university.

“The benefits to UC staff and students are significant with the partnership providing opportunities in range of areas related to research and innovation,” Saini says.

The first stage of the agreement sees the creation of professional placement opportunities for UC students in the ASADA Science Department, working under the direction of ASADA’s Chief Science Officer. The placement will allow ASADA to leverage off the expertise offered by the UC student in order to advance a priority project, all the while providing the student exposure to a Government agency, ASADA’s operating environment and Australia’s sport integrity landscape.

Under the Collaborative Research partnership, ASADA will coordinate two conferences themed around leadership in sports integrity, and a series of complementary workshops, at the University of Canberra campus in 2019.

The two conferences will cover a range of issues including Athlete Engagement and Education, Science and Medical, Intelligence and Investigations, Major Event Security and Risk Management, Media and Social Media, and Legal and Compliance.

The conferences will see leaders in sport, research, enforcement, intelligence and integrity come together at the University of Canberra with the intent to positively influence Australia’s sports integrity partnerships, systems and governance heading into the future.

ASADA, at its core, is here to protect the health of athletes and the integrity of Australian sport through providing a world leading anti-doping program for Australia.

As one of the leading sports universities in Australia, UC is well positioned to collaborate with ASADA across a range of shared goals in research and education. UC has a strong sports presence; including three major professional sporting teams based on its campus as well as internationally recognised sport research, science and health education programs, plus having 130 students identified under the national elite athlete program.

ASADA has a strong focus on working with athletes and sports through partnerships and education programs, such as the recently developed Athlete Advisory Group which give weight to the ‘athletes’ voice’ and athletes’ input into ASADA’s business. This arrangement with UC is another example of ASADA’s commitment to partnerships for the ultimate benefit of Australia’s sporting community.


 ASADA CEO David Sharpe  and UC Vice Chancellor Professor Deep Saini