Brendan Burkett OAM is interested in understanding human health and performance. He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Engineering and a PhD in sport science, and is qualified as a level 2 coach, level 2 sports scientist and high performance manager. These qualifications combined with Brendan’s experience as an athlete generate a practical and applied approach to solving human performance questions.
Brendan is currently Professor in Sport Science (Biomechanics) at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), and Director of the university’s the High-Performance Sports Program, which includes a Swimming Centre of Excellence.
Brendan has been part of the Australian team at eight Paralympics games, including the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games – four as a swimmer and four as a sport scientist. Brendan was privileged to lead the Australian team on several occasions, including as the Opening Ceremony flag bearer in Sydney 2000. Brendan is an inductee of the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame and Swimming Queensland Hall of Fame, and is a ‘Sporting Legend’ in Queensland’s Sports Hall of Fame.