As a youngster Chris was always enthusiastic about sport, playing pretty much every team sport there was, later concentrating on and excelling in athletics. It was therefore natural that he chose to study medicine at university, with a view to developing a career in sports medicine.
As a young doctor, having just completed his internship, Chris was lucky enough to seek an audience with Peter Brukner, a leading sports medicine figure and father of the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre. He was employed with Peter at the Melbourne Football Club in 1987, and started consulting at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in the same year. He has been consulting there full time since the start of 1988, apart from a brief sabbatical in London.
It was in the early days at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre that Chris studied for his fellowship of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, completing it in 1992, graduating with the College Medal for best candidate.
Chris was employed as the head doctor at the Richmond Football Club in 1991, a position he held until the start of 2004, and was privileged to be made a life member of the club. He then spent two and a half years employed by Pure Sports Medicine in London, and was head doctor for the Fulham Football Club in the Premier League.
On his return to Australia he worked for the Geelong Football Club for 9 years, in a period during which the club won three premierships. He is currently Sports Physician in charge at the Collingwood Football Club.
Chris always loved competing in athletics and did so as a decathlete at a national level. He was appointed as doctor to the Australian World Junior Championships team in 1988, an experience which inspired him to explore his own competitive urges. After winning the 1989 Australian Decathlon Championship, Chris competed for Australia at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth. He then attended a further three World Junior Championships, two World Championships and a Commonwealth Games as head doctor of the Australian Athletics team, before performing the same role at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. He continued to compete for his club, the Old Melburnians Athletics Club, well into his forties.
Chris is still able to pursue his love of athletics through his three children, Cassidy, Oliver and Isla, who are becoming accomplished athletes in their own right. He enjoys playing golf and cycling, and continues to avidly keep in touch with all sports. He intends to keep pursuing his love of sports medicine for many years to come, both with elite sporting teams, but also consulting at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, helping the serious athlete and the weekend warrior alike.
Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations
- Head Doctor – Australian Olympic Track and Field Team (1997-2000)
- Head Doctor – Australian Rules Football Teams – Melbourne and Richmond (1988-2003)
- Head Doctor – Fulham Football (U.K. Soccer) Club (2004-2006)
- Head Doctor – Australian Rules Football – Geelong (2007-2015)
- Head Doctor – Australian Rules Football – Collingwood (2016)