Toni Rossiter

Qualifications: BSc. Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Limerick (2002); MSc (research), University of Limerick (2005).
Current Position (2009 – Present):  Performance Physiologist, Irish Institute of Sport.The Irish Institute of Sport is responsible for service delivery to high performance sports and athletes.  The Institute’s core programme of support includes sports science and medicine coordination and delivery, athlete career and performance lifestyle support, elite coach development and education and performance planning.  My role at the Institute is the delivery of physiology support to high performance sports, in particular Ireland’s elite Paralympic athletes, swimmers and boxers. Day-to-day my work involves assisting High Performance Directors and Coaches to develop a programme of sport science support for their athletes, and implementing physiology support to athletes in the laboratory, on the training field, on training camps, at pre-competition camps or at competition.  My aim is to arm the coach and athlete with tools and information which will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the demands of their sport and training programme and in time will contribute to successful competitive
Career Path

  • 2009 – Present:  Performance Physiologist, Irish Institute of Sport
  • 2007 – 2009:  Exercise Physiologist, Coaching Ireland (formally National Coaching and Training Centre)
  • 2006-2007:  Sport Science Intern, Coaching Ireland (formally National Coaching and Training Centre)
  • 2006:  Research Assistant, Health Science Research Unit, University of Limerick
  • 2002-2005:  Teaching Assistant of Exercise Physiology, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Limerick
  • 2003 – 2005:  MSc (by research) - Project Title:  Effect of Muscle Temperature on Power Output in Power and Endurance Athletes

Since my internship at the National Coaching and Training Centre, I have remained working in high performance sport and have been lucky enough to work with some highly motivated and inspiring sporting professionals and athletes, including many Olympians, Paralympians and World Champions.  My work regularly requires me to travel, providing support to athletes on training camps and at competition including the 2008 Paralympic Games and 2009 Track Cycling World Championships.   At present my main focus is assisting the athletes I work with to prepare for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.
COOP Work Experience Placement
I spent 4 months on Erasmus in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science in Manchester Metropolitan University.  I used this opportunity to take subjects and courses that were not on the Sport & Exercise Sciences programme in UL.  I also got the opportunity to be involved in research projects and athlete testing that was taking place within the Department.

What advice would you give to school goers considering choosing Sport and Exercise Sciences?
Remember that Sport and Exercise Science is first and foremost a degree in science.  So while it is important to be interested in sport and physical activity, you will also need to have a good head for the sciences, be creative and innovative, and enjoy working as part of a team.

What advice would you give to future graduates of Sport and Exercise Sciences?
There are so many potential career paths following Sport and Exercise Science.  Don’t be daunted by this, be proactive and open-minded.  If there is a specific area you would like to work in, contact experts in this area; offer your services in exchange for some applied experience in the area.  With regard high performance sport, you have to remember that you will be working with athletes and support staff that are highly committed and passionate about their sport; you will be expected to demonstrate the same levels of commitment, passion and attention to detail in your work.