Stephen Bird | What I do
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What I do

Strategic development leading world-best practice and innovation in performance science that empowers inter-disciplinary teams to focus on athlete-centred solutions that drives and optimizes performance enhancement.

Stephen P Bird


  • Elite performance consultant and advisor to professional sports teams and international sporting organizations since 2000.
  • Olympic Games (x2); Commonwealth Games (x1); World Championships (x5); World Cups (x7); Southeast Asian Games (x4); and Asian Games (x2).
  • Director, High Performance Sport Initiative James Cook University, Cairns Australia.
  • Head, Performance Science, Polygon UR Racing Mountain Bike Team – UCI World Championships & World Cup
  • Head, Performance Science, Scotland Basketball Men’s National Team 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Head, Athlete Performance, Scotland Rugby League National Team 2017 Rugby League World Cup
  • Head, Performance Science, Indonesian Olympic Team (Badminton), Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Head, Physical Preparation & Sport Science, Indonesian Olympic Team, Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing, China.
  • Director, High Performance Unit Northern Pride RLFC, Queensland Rugby League.
  • Head, Performance Science – Townsville Fire, Women’s National Basketball League.
  • Senior Performance Advisor – Illawarra Hawks, National Basketball League.
  • Director, High Performance Unit Townsville Crocodiles, National Basketball League.
  • Performance nutrition consultant & research associate, Musashi Performance Nutrition.
  • Director, Strength & Conditioning, Western Region Academy of Sport.
  • Performance Advisor, West Coast Waves, Women’s National Basketball League.
  • Head, Player Development, Basketball WA High Performance Program.
  • Senior Sports Scientist & Research Associate, Perth Wildcats, National Basketball League.
  • Senior Sports Scientist & Research Associate, Penrith Panthers, National Rugby League.
  • Sports Science Consultant, Wests Tigers, National Rugby League.

I am driven by this goal: To maximise athletic performance through systematic and scientific approaches to training and education.
Stephen Bird


  • Associate Professor, Sport & Exercise Science, James Cook University, Cairns Australia.
  • Former Course Director for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), Charles Sturt University, Australia.
  • Senior Research Fellow, School of Human Movement Studies Charles Sturt University, Australia.
  • Adjunct appointment, Sports Science, School of Exercise and Health Sciences Edith Cowan University, Australia.
  • Senior Lecturer, Exercise Rehabilitation, School of Human Movement Studies Charles Sturt University, Australia.
  • Course presenter, Australian Strength & Conditioning Association, Level 1 & Level 2 courses.
  • Workshop presenter, Exercise & Sports Science Australia, National Roadshow.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning.

I have a passion & desire to see others succeed and reach their full potential.
Stephen P Bird


Invited to address conferences, meetings and symposia around the world. Here are some samples:

  • Supplement use in professional sport: Controversial or Conventional? International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning, Melbourne Australia 2014
  • Sports nutrition: Application for training, recovery and performance. International Fitness Convention and Expo, Sydney Australia 2013
  • Physical preparation strategies for Olympic athletes. Sports Medicine Australia Sports Trainers Conference, Sydney Australia 2012
  • Preparing the Indonesian Olympic Team: A strength and conditioning perspective. NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas USA 2011
  • Nutrient timing strategies and the strength athlete: The latest research. International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning, Gold Coast Australia 2011

The full list of speaking engagements is available on request.

I aim to leave my audiences, whether students, athletes or peers, inspired, driven, encouraged, motivated and focused.