Sportly.Me (Australia’s leading sports performance, development and management platform) is excited to announce that Dr Stephen Bird will be joining the Sportly team from the beginning of 2022. Through his work with Sportly, he will be assisting to further enhance existing platform capabilities, supporting junior and pre-elite athletes maximise their potential.
Stephen has worked with professional sports teams and international sporting organisations attending major sporting events, including Olympic Games (2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio), Commonwealth Games (2018 Basketball Scotland; 2022 Basketball New Zealand), FIBA Women’s Asia Cup (New Zealand Tall Ferns), Rugby League World Cup (Scotland Rugby League), UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships (Australia and Indonesia national team). He has also worked with teams in the National Rugby League, National Basketball League and Women’s National Basketball League, along with High Performance Coaching and Athlete Development roles for PNG Sports Foundation, Basketball NSW and Basketball WA. Stephen is currently the Athlete Health and Performance Lead at Basketball New Zealand.
“Birdy’s knowledge combined with his passion for sport and practical experience makes him the perfect addition to the Sportly team” said founder and CEO Damien Thomson. “Over his career he has designed cutting edge methodology for developing junior athletes, focussed on functional strength and athlete recovery. We will be working with him to activate these within the Sportly platform, and make them available to our clients.”
“Having worked alongside the team at Sportly on projects, I was incredibly impressed with the platform they have built and the unique approach they have taken to junior sport” explained Stephen. “The opportunity for me to provide direct input into the science behind the platform and use this to help develop our future elite athletes is very exciting.”
Stephen’s Athlete Movement Quality Screen™ will be available as a premium service to Sportly’s customers from late January, coinciding with the release of the Sportly For Parents mobile app.
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Sportly.Me is the leading sports performance, development and management platform designed specifically for growing athletes. At Sportly, we are reinventing the development of young athletes by building a safe, educational and engaging community around sport…. Accessible by junior players, coaches and clubs all around the world, with the simple aim of helping them get better together.