Vanessa has been working at the Sport Wales Institute since 2003
after completing a BSc (Hons) in Human Biology and Exercise at
Oxford Brookes University.
Starting her career as a Laboratory Technician, Vanessa juggled
her work with an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at UWIC and went
on to complete her BASES Supervised Experience before becoming an
Now the Physiologist and Talent Scientists for Sport Wales,
Vanessa has worked with some of Wales' most successful athletes. In
2006 she worked as the Physiologist for Team Wales at the Melbourne
Commonwealth Games where she set up a lab to monitor bloods as well
as conducting hydration monitoring and recovery sessions. She then
went on to play a vital role in athlete preparation for the Delhi
2010 Commonwealth Games, advising athletes on acclimatisation,
cooling and travel fatigue and working with British Swimming at the
their holding camp in Doha.
Predominantly working with athletics, cycling and swimming,
Vanessa's role requires her to develop strategies to ensure optimal
performance is achieved at designated points throughout an
athletes' training cycle, from fitness testing, either in a sports
science lab or out in the field, to regular monitoring of the
body's response to training programmes and competition.