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High Performance Trainers in the Spotlight- Rob Fowkes

Paul Bulatao - Friday, October 28, 2016

NameRob Fowkes 

What is your current role in the industry?

 Head of Athletic Performance at Northern Suburbs RFC and Sydney Rays. Owner of Fowkes Fitness & Performance (sports performance consultancy).

What sparked your interest to pursue a career in this area?

Initially a love of sports and then an interest in finding out what underpinned elite performance and how you can help athletes reach their potential.

What is required to be successful in this role?

A deep knowledge and understanding of your subject area, you need an undergraduate Sport Science degree as a minimum. Great communication skills are essential because you must create buy-in with athletes and coaches. Critical evaluation skills to assess both what you do and current trends in the industry. Resilience because there will be several setbacks along the way.

Having achieved this level of success in your field, what things have you had to give up and sacrifice in order for you to get to where you are today?

If you love what you do then it shouldn’t be thought of as a sacrifice, but working in sport can take up a lot of time, often at unsociable hours and for little reward. Having a strong support network around you is crucial.

What has been the top stand-out moment in your career to date?

 Winning the Shute Shield with Norths.

What opportunities can this chosen field lead to?

The main thing is the chance to do a job that you enjoy and get great satisfaction from. Working as part of a team can be extremely rewarding, especially when you achieve your goals together. It can also sometimes lead to other opportunities, like travelling with a squad or working overseas.

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?

Get as much experience as you can as early as possible, preferably while studying. Work within different sports because each sport has its own unique culture to learn from. Don’t be afraid to contact people working in the industry for advice, some may not reply but those who do could be invaluable. You’ll probably have to volunteer before you get paid.

To be further inspired by Rob's journey, or to find out more about how you can become a High Performance Trainer, including training prerequisites, visit the High Performance Trainer page. 




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