Sport and Exercise Physician
Sarah is a Sport and Exercise Physician at Axis and is the lead specialist at Axis Alpine in Queenstown.
Sarah has worked with athletes from a wide range of sports and attended the Rio Olympics 2016 as part of the NZOC Health Team following her involvement as part of the medical team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She has also been selected as part of the health team to attend the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Sarah has recently resigned as Medical Director for Cycling New Zealand, a position she held for 4 years (2013 - 2017), where she was instrumental in setting up their centralised health service. Her past team experience also includes working with a variety of teams including the Silver Ferns, Capital Pulse Netball, Wellington Phoenix Football, Counties Manukau Rugby, as well as a wide range of endurance sports and events (she was medical director for the ITU World Cup Triathlon event in Auckland in 2015). She also provided care at ITM cup, Super 14, International Sevens, and Rugby World Cup matches.
Originally from Wellington, Sarah graduated from the University of Auckland in 2005 and did her initial hospital years in Tauranga Hospital before moving back to the capital to work in Emergency Medicine, General Practice and then Military Medicine in Waiouru before completing her Post Graduate Sport Medicine Diploma and beginning her specialist training.
Sarah is experienced in the optimal management of an extensive range of sporting injuries and musculoskeletal issues and, like the other specialists at Axis Sports Medicine, is well trained in injury prevention and illness risk management. She has a special interest in energy deficiency in active individuals, and the range of issues that encompasses, particularly in the young athletic female. She recently published research on Depression and Associated Life Stress in Elite Athletes and speaks regularly at conferences on this topic. She is a member of the WHISPA (Women’s Health in Sport; A Performance Advantage) panel, an initiative by High Performance Sport and is also involved in creating guidelines (to be produced by the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians) regarding ‘Exercise is Medicine’; prescribing exercise to treat a range of common illnesses and conditions.
Sarah is passionate about exercise, lifestyle promotion and being involved in the community. She continues to keep fit and likes competing in endurance events in her spare time (even completing the Hawaii Ironman!!). She vows to stay a Hurricanes, Pulse and Phoenix fan!