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Rowing Australia appoints Professor Peter Fricker OAM as Principal Medical Officer

Rowing Australia has today announced the appointment of Professor Peter Fricker OAM as the Principal Medical Officer of the organisation. Professor Fricker’s initial focus will be on planning the organisation’s transition to its new High Performance Plan, for 2020 and beyond. RA’s current Principal Medical Officer, Dr Larissa Trease, will continue managing the Senior and National Teams’ medical requirements until October, beyond this, Dr Trease will be leaving Rowing to focus on other opportunities within Medicine.

Professor Fricker currently consults in sports medicine, sports science, health and exercise and holds professorial appointments at Victoria University, University of Canberra and Griffith University. He is based in Canberra, ACT.

Professor Fricker will work part-time for Rowing Australia and will coordinate the medical care of Australia’s top rowers across the organisation’s new High Performance structure. Professor Fricker will ensure the compliance of RA with the AIS Sports Medicine Best Practice Principles and he will advise the RA High Performance Unit on the selection and appointment of appropriate clinicians for all Australian Rowing Teams (Junior, U21, U23 and Senior A).

Professor Fricker’s role will also see him develop and revise protocols for the best practice management of common rowing related injuries and illnesses, provide ongoing rowing specific ‘world’s best’ education to the RA preferred provider network and act as an advisor to the Board of Rowing Australia on all medical and anti-doping matters.

Rowing Australia’s General Manager – Sport, Jaime Fernandez said: “We are excited to have someone of Professor Fricker’s calibre join Rowing Australia later this year. It is fantastic to have him coming in to work with the organisation, and its athletes, to ensure they continue to have the best possible medical support as we move into the next quadrennium and beyond.

“We are extremely grateful to Dr Lari Trease and her outstanding contribution to not only the Sports Medicine area, but Australian rowing more broadly over the last four years in her role as PMO. During her tenure with us she has shown dedication and care to all our athletes and professionalism to the PMO role.

“One of Lari’s most notable achievements with us has been the continued development of a world-class network of medical practitioners that have supported the Australian Team and rowing fraternity at large. She also oversaw the implementation and expansion of the continuous athlete electronic medical record and collaborative training load monitoring for our athletes.

“These projects have ensured the health and performance of our athletes was closely monitored and maximized and will remain a lasting legacy of her time in the role. Lari’s contribution has been enormous, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”

Professor Fricker added: “It is an honour to accept the role of Principal Medical Officer of Rowing Australia, especially given the current emphasis this sport is giving to the ongoing development of a world class structure and service framework, with a clear view to high performance success.

“I wish to add my thanks to Dr Lari Trease who has established a solid platform for the delivery and accountability of clinical services to our Rowers.”

Short Biography of Professor Peter Fricker OAM

From 2005 -2011 Professor Fricker was Director of the Australian Institute of Sport. He joined the AIS in 1981 as the AIS’s first sports physician, consulting from his own practice in Canberra. In 1983 he joined the AIS as staff medical officer. From that time until he was appointed Director he worked at the AIS as Head of Sports Science and Sports Medicine, then as Deputy Director of the AIS.

Professor Fricker also served as medical officer and medical director for Australian teams to six Commonwealth Games (1986-2006) and five Olympic Games (1988-2004).  He currently chairs the Medical Commission of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) as well as the Research Advisory Board for the IOC accredited Australian Collaboration  for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) at Federation University. He has also served as Chair of the Medical Commission of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA), as a Member of the Australian Sports Drugs Medical Advisory Committee, a Member of the National Anti-doping Research Committee, as advisor to the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) on anti-doping research, and as a member of the AFL Research Committee, among other roles over many years.