Public Forum Panellist / Workshop Chair

Professor Damian Farrow

Professor Sports Science, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, Melbourne (AUS)



Damian Farrow is a Professor of Sports Science with the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL). Professor Farrow holds a joint appointment within the College of Sport & Exercise Science, ISEAL, and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).


In 2002 he was appointed the inaugural AIS Skill Acquisition Specialist, then became the Discipline Head of Psychology and Skill Acquisition in 2009. In this position he was responsible for research and support of coaches seeking to develop the skills of Australian athletes.


He has worked with a range of National sports programs including the Australian Football League (AFL), Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, Netball Australia, Swimming Australia and the Australian Rugby Union.


Damian publishes and presents extensively on his research interests, centred on understanding the factors critical to sport expertise and talent/skill development, with a specific focus on perceptual and decision-making skill and practice methodology.


Damian is passionate about community engagement through the translation of theory into practice via coach education and the publication of general interest sports science books including; “Run Like You Stole Something”, “Why Dick Fosbury Flopped” and “It’s True: Sport Stinks”.

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