Wednesday 19 July 2023 5.30-6.30pm
Room 210/211 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Genetics vs Sports
Are super athletes born or made? Our panel of experts shared their takes on the nature vs nurture debate in sport.

From cultural norms to scientific factors, the field of sports is a complex and fascinating arena. Whether you're an Olympic weightlifter or a basketball player, your genetics can give you an edge, but it’s not the only factor at play. Family support, economic status, coaching, training and diet also make a difference. Our experts explored the latest scientific research. Attendees gained insight into what makes a super athlete. 

Our experts included:

Professor Kathryn North
 a global leader in research on human genetics,
is the Director of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and leads the
national body Australian Genomics. In her research on genes involved in
muscle function her team identified genetic variants associated with
elite athletic performance.

Darcy Moore, 
an extraordinarily talented and widely respected AFL footballer,
Captain of the Collingwood Football Club.

Melissa Tapper
 a champion table tennis player who has the remarkable
distinction of competing at a Paralympic and Olympic Games in the same year.

The Moderator for this event will be Tracey Holmes, one of Australia’s
very best sports journalists and presenters with a career spanning over 30 years.

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