GymSports - Interdisciplinary Research

The GymSports Interdisciplinary Research Group conducts research to help improve performance and reduce injury risk for gym sports. This includes; Gym for All (massive participation), Rhythmic, Artistic gymnastics (men's and women's), Aerobics and Trampoline sports.


  • Collate and disseminate research via journal articles, conference info, research reports, magazines
  • Collaborate across gym sport codes (i.e. artistic, rhythmic, trampoline, aerobics) to share information
  • Prioritise and enable research to be conducted to answer questions for gym sports
  • Collate research questions of interest to gym sports participants and support people

Founding Members: Professor Patria Hume (SPRINZ), Dr Elizabeth Bradshaw (ACU, Australia), Professor Gareth Irwin (Cardiff Met, UK)

New Zealand Members - Dr Grant Mawston (HRRI), Dr Anna Lorimer (SPRINZ), Assoc Prof Mark Boocock (HRRI), Christine Reed (GymSportsNZ)

Australian Members - Mark Carlton (Aust gym coach), Corey Joseph (Monash Health), Karen Grech (ACU, Australia)

Other International Members - Dr Toshiyuki Fujihara (Osaka University of Health & Sport Sciences, Japan), Professor Keith Russell (FIG, Canada), Jeroen van der Eb (Netherlands), Professor Bill Sands (USA).

Members Contact Details

Patria Hume PhD FISBS Professor
Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1020, New Zealand

Elizabeth Bradshaw PhD FISBS Dr of Exercise Science
Australian Catholic University
Locked Bag 4115
17 Young Street,Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia.

Jeroen van der Eb PhD Dr
Stadionkade 40-2
1077 VP Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Gareth Irwin PhD FISBS Professor
Cardiff School of Sport
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff, CF236XD, UK

Members Contact Experience

Professor Patria Hume is SPRINZ Professor and Associate Dean Research, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Patria is a previous New Zealand rhythmic gymnastics representative as an athlete and coach.  Patria has been an IOC and international gymnastics federation (FIG) course presenter.

Dr Elizabeth Bradshaw is a Sports Biomechanist lecturing at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. Elizabeth is a consultant to Gymnastics Australia and an Associate Editor for the journal Sports Biomechanics.

Dr Jeroen van der Eb is a Sports Biomechanist and is interested in developing new measurement techniques to help enhance performance and support coaches.

Professor Gareth is Research Lead for Biomechanics at the Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. Gareth is President of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport. Gareth is a previous UK and Wales men's gymnastics representative as an athlete and coach.  Gareth is a consultant to the FIG Scientific Committee, and a member of the coach education team for British Gymnastics.

Gymnastics Organisations Supporting Research:
GymSports New Zealand
Gymnastics Australia
British Gymnastics
Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG)