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 in 2016 and the Gold Coast 2018 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of the NZOC Health Team. She has also been selected as part of the health team to attend the recently postponed 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Sarah worked as Medical Director for Cycling New Zealand 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 also provided care at ITM cup, Super 14, International Sevens, and Rugby World Cup matches. Outside of her regular clinic in Queenstown, Sarah now works with the HPSNZ Snow Sports team based in Wanaka.
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 in active individuals. She has an interest in snow sports injury and prevention, and building load tolerance for many endurance based outdoor pursuits and occupations. Sarah has a special interest in low energy availability (RED-S) and the range of issues that encompasses, affecting both males and females and runs regular specialist clinics in this area which is now accessible via telehealth. She is a member of the WHISPA (Women’s Health in Sport; A Performance Advantage) panel, an initiative by High Performance Sport, working with a range of specialties to tackle the increasing prevalence of this issue. Sarah has published research in Depression and Associated Life Stress in Elite Athletes and speaks regularly at conferences on this topic.
Sarah is passionate about exercise, lifestyle promotion and being involved in the community. She is loving living in Queenstown and is often found out exploring the outdoors. She continues to keep fit and likes competing in endurance events in her spare time (including completing the Hawaii Ironman in her competitive days) she enjoys running, mountain biking and circuit training.