FR: Your own career has also been one of full of success – what is your advice for women aspiring to leadership positions, particularly in industries like sport, seen to be traditionally dominated by men?
SH: I think it is important for women to speak up - make sure their opinion is heard. All workplaces can benefit from the unique knowledge and skills of both genders.
My experience at the Australian Institute of Sport is that if you work hard, do a good job and have passion and enthusiasm for your work, gender is irrelevant.
Additionally, I have noticed increased opportunities for women particularly as keynote speakers or panellists at conferences.
I always try to say yes to these invitations so that early career scientists, of both genders, have an opportunity to have exposure to females in sport and in science.
FR: You’re about to depart for Rio, what are you most excited to see at the Olympics?
SH: There are always so many exciting things to see at the Games. But for me it will be the swimming as I have had an increased opportunity to work with the athletes in this Olympic cycle, due to the challenges around race times and sleep.
I also think a highlight will be watching Anna Meares in the Track Cycling. She is an incredible athlete excelling in a sport where you need to be absolutely fearless.
Francesca Rizzo is a contributing editor at BlueNotes