How I got here
Before I went to university, I wanted to be a sports physiotherapist (like everyone else at uni).
My plan was to do an Exercise Science degree to get a better understanding of the performance side of things, before completing a Masters of Physiotherapy.
The University of Canberra had the option to do a three-year Exercise Science course, or a four-year Exercise Science/Human Nutrition double-degree.
I thought that for an extra year of study, I would have the performance training expertise and nutrition qualifications that would make a unique physiotherapy candidate.
It was about two weeks into a university that I realised that everyone doing Exercise Science had the same idea (minus the nutrition) which triggered me to look further into physiotherapy and see what the job is really like.
I realised that wasn’t my passion.
Luckily, the nutrition side of my degree was of particular interest.
It had a strong scientific base but there was some flexibility with regards to application, which appealed to me.
I decided that I would become the expert in nutritional supplements to help give athletes the best chance of winning.
During a major research piece in my final year, I found that ~30% of nutritional sports supplements contained substances banned by doping agencies, due a combination of accidental contamination and intentional doping.
Note: don’t worry, these aren’t your normal vitamins and minerals. Also, many legal and commonly used compounds are banned by WADA.
When I finished this report, I was a bit lost.
I thought supplements for performance was going to be the game, but it turned out that wasn’t the case.