Surfing Australia's partnership with Edith Cowan University ensures athletes receive full support from sport science and coaching staff.
Sophia Nimphius, PhD is the Sport Science Research Manager at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre. She is a sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach with expertise in biomechanics and sport technology and is also a senior lecturer at Edith Cowan University (ECU). In addition to her work with Surfing Australia since 2011, she has worked in the USA and Australia across various national and international teams as well as professional teams in the NFL, AFL and ARU.
Her formal qualifications include a PhD in Sports Science that was completed in collaboration with Western Australian Institute of Sport, MSc Exercise Science and BSc Sports Management and BSc Biology. As a sport scientist, Sophia has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles and several book chapters on the topics of athlete testing, sport technology and sports biomechanics.
Joanna started at the Hurley Surfing Australia High performance Centre (HPC) in 2015 as part of the PhD scholar programme, and is currently working with our Australian junior and elite surfers. Joanna has over 4 years experience as a strength and conditioning coach in high-performance sport.
Originally from Wales, she has worked with both premiership and National rugby union teams in the UK as well as Tennis Wales. Joanna has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences and is currently completing her PhD in sports science (strength and conditioning) from Edith Cowan University in collaboration with Surfing Australia.
Rebecca is one of the Strength and Conditioning Scholars at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre. As a Scholar Rebecca assists the Head Coach Josh Secomb deliver strength and conditioning to a range of surfers from recreational to elite. Rebecca is also conducting ongoing research towards the completion of her PhD in Sport and Exercise Science. Prior to this Rebecca completed a Bachelor in Sport and Recreation and Master of Sport and Exercise Science (first class honors), which she completed in 2015.
Previously Rebecca was one of the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach’s for the Athlete Development Academy based out of New Zealand’s High Performance Centre. In addition to this Rebecca has previously worked as a Research Assistant for Auckland’s University of Technology and Strength Coach for development and elite dancers.
Donna Masing is the Soft Tissue and Performance Therapist for the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre. Working with top athletes from around the globe, she focuses her treatments on modalities that improve performance and reduce muscle fatigue; including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, dry needling and Active Release Technique. Being an avid surfer herself, Donna's keenest interest lies with the WCT but she also enjoys working with young athletes and weekend warriors.
Working with professional athletes across a variety of sports led Donna to live and work in the Middle East for several years, where she fed her passion for surf in an artificial wave pool. Happily back on Aussie shores, Donna can now be found surfing real waves at Cabarita.