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Dr Nicole Sly

Sport and Exercise Physician


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Nicole is a Physician at Axis in Queenstown, visiting from Sydney, Australia for the winter. She has experience supporting elite athletes in rugby union, rowing and paratriathlon at an international level. She is passionate about applying the skills learnt working with these athletes to all her patients, helping them to achieve their personal best. Prior to studying medicine, Nicole worked as a Physiotherapist and believes that an active rehabilitation plan is essential.


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Nicole is thorough and holistic in her approach, taking the time to understand each patient's lifestyle and goals to tailor a plan for the individual. She believes that collaboration and timely communication with other health professionals is key to ensuring a smooth recovery and preventing further injury.

Although all ages are catered for, Nicole has a particular interest in treating children and adolescents, supporting them to reach their performance and participation goals, while considering their future health and wellbeing. An appreciation of the unique needs of children and their families was fostered working at the Children's Hospital at Westmead Institute of Sports Medicine, Sydney and in Paediatric Emergency. In Australia, she pioneered a Sports Medicine Clinic in a school setting, consulting students on an individual basis and delivering education on Sports Medicine topics to students and parents. She continues to support her local community, providing rapid access to an injury and concussion clinic for schools and sporting clubs.

She has published research in the field of Injury Prevention Exercise Programmes in Youth Rugby Union and enjoys presenting to school, community sporting clubs and other health practitioners on Female Athlete health and other Sports Medicine topics.

In a previous life, Nicole was a 'serious' endurance athlete, taking on Paris Marathon and 70.3 Triathlons. She now enjoys a spot of tennis, running, swimming or cycling (sometimes after her two young boys) and group strength classes. A keen skier, she is looking forward to enjoying the Winter season and working to keep patients safely on the slopes.

Team Involvement and Achievements

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  1. Australian Women’s Cricket Team, Touring Doctor 2023-Present


  1. FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, Tournament Doctor 2022
  2. Women’s Rugby World Cup, Team Doctor for the Wallaroos 2017-18
  3. World Rowing U23 Championships, Team Doctor 2019
  4. Sydney 7s Rugby Union, Medical Room Doctor 2017
  5. Paratriathlon World Championships, Finish line staff 2016
  6. NSW Rugby Union U20's, Team Doctor 2016-17
  7. Match Day Doctor for NSW Waratahs, 2019
  8. National Rugby Championship Macquarie University Rays, Team Doctor 2017
  9. Central Coast Mariners, Hyundai A-League Football, Assistant Team Doctor 2016-17

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