Key High Performance Unit appointments made

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that four key appointments have been made within the club’s High Performance Unit.

Carmen Colomer has been appointed Head of High Performance and Jasraj Sidhu Head of Medical, while Cameron Lord is the club’s new High Performance Analyst and Adam Holmes has come in as Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Glory Head Coach Ruben Zadkovich is confident that each of the new recruits will have a vital role to play in helping the club to progress.

“A lot of time and effort went into this recruitment process to find the right people to take us forward,” he said.

“It’s a complete restructure of key roles and responsibilities.

“These appointments will really drive the high performance environment we are building, which will provide our players with the best opportunity to be successful on the pitch.”

Glory Head of Recruitment Andy Keogh also regards the appointments as hugely significant.

“We are really excited to welcome our new High Performance team to beautiful WA,” he said.

“They all come highly recommended and with fantastic credentials.

“Jas had glowing recommendations from players I know and trust, Carmen has unbelievable experience in her field after working at the Philadelphia 76ers last year and the Brisbane Broncos before that and her extensive network will only help our club.

“Cameron is our local boy and it’s about time he got his chance to show that in a professional environment, his work ethic and mannerisms will be hugely beneficial to our club.

“Adam couldn’t have made more of an impression on me when he said he’d pack his car right now and drive to Perth from Sydney.

“His enthusiasm will be a key ingredient to the team and he also comes highly recommended.

“They are all people who are hungry to succeed and will go above and beyond to help this club soar again.”

Carmen Colomer – Head of High Performance

Carmen Colomer

Carmen previously held the position of Director of Sports Science for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA where her primary objective was to manage training load and recovery to minimize time-loss from games and attenuate the effects of fatigue from the heavily congested travel and playing schedule.

Prior to this, she spent almost a decade in high-performance sport working for teams such as the Melbourne Rebels, ACT Brumbies and Brisbane Broncos, where she developed a keen interest in training load monitoring, fatigue and recovery.

Carmen also earned her stripes as a physiologist, completing a traineeship at the Victorian Institute of Sport and a postgraduate scholar position at the Australian Institute of Sport before beginning her PhD in Complex Systems Analysis in rugby union.

She hails from Melbourne where she completed a Bachelor of Sports Science and Masters of High Performance Sport.

“I’m looking forward to bringing high standards to the team and will focus on fine-tuning the basics of performance preparation,” she said.

“I’m also looking forward to the challenge of optimizing training and recovery for the most travelled team in the A-League competition to ensure players are available for performance with minimal effects from fatigue.”

Jasraj Sidhu – Head of Medical

Jasraj Sidhu

Jas arrives at Glory after spending the last five seasons as Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at Brisbane Roar.

Prior to that, he worked extensively in football and with multisport athletes as both a Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning coach in his native Canada and from 2010, in Australia.

During his time at Brisbane, he was instrumental in ensuring player availability, in overseeing all aspects of movement preparation, medical administration, acute injury care and early, mid and late-stage rehabilitation.

His extensive experience in football-specific rehabilitation and strength and conditioning are backed by his qualifications in Exercise Science (Honours) and Physiotherapy (Masters with extended scope into Sport Physiotherapy) and he is also currently enrolled in the sports medicine program with the University of Melbourne in his pursuit of continued professional development.

In addition to undertaking and securing these formal qualifications, Jas has also completed extensive continuing education courses and qualifications through institutions such as FC Barcelona, Exos Performance and Hintsa Performance, with specific focus in the areas of Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation, Strength and Conditioning and Performance Coaching.

“I am very excited and honoured to be joining the Perth Glory FC family,” he said.

“After initially speaking with Ruben and Andy, it was clear they had a new and clear vision for the club, one which made my decision to join this great organisation an easy one.

“They are looking to build something special, something all the Members and fans and organisation as a whole can be proud of, which is something I want to be a part of developing and seeing succeed for the 2022/2023 season and beyond.”

Cameron Lord – High Performance Analyst

Cameron Lord

Perth born and raised, Cameron completed his Bachelor of Sport Science in 2010 and went on to earn a Master of Sport Science by research in 2014, with multiple research publications on hamstring injuries in football.

He duly completed his studies at Edith Cowan University by securing his Doctor of Philosophy in 2019, with multiple research publications on load-monitoring in football.

No stranger to Perth Glory, Cameron assisted within the club’s Sport Science department between 2012 and 2018 while completing his post-graduate study.

“I’m looking forward to starting working with the team and contributing to bringing success to the club,” he said.

“I’m excited to apply my football-specific experiences to the High Performance team.”

Adam Holmes – Strength and Conditioning Coach

Adam Holmes

Adam joins the club following a stint at Central Coast Mariners where he was the Head of Strength and Conditioning.

Prior to this, he worked with the Australia national youth teams under Trevor Morgan and spent two seasons with Melbourne Victory.

As lead Sports Scientist at Victory, he worked closely within the First Team and Academy environments and he was also a part of Brisbane Roar’s NYL title-winning team.

Adam began his studies as a Sports Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach in Perth at Edith Cowan University, before completing them back home on the Central Coast at the University of Newcastle.

The vast majority of his career to date has been spent in football with a direct focus on the physical performance and development of footballers, while he has also been undertaking his international football coaching licences.

“When an opportunity arose to play a part of this rebuild it was simply too exciting to miss,” he said.

“The more I spoke to Ruben and the rest of the team, I could see how hungry and passionate everyone is to restore success at the club and I absolutely had to be a part of it.

“I was really impressed with the staff and the club’s mentality and professionalism.

“With the High Performance team and the staff we have working in player performance and holistic well-being, I believe we can be extremely successful and achieve great things both in terms of short-term goals for the players and long-term development.”