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Meet The Team

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
Physiotherapist - Director, Central Performance

APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physio
M HlthSc (Manip Physio)
B App Sc (Physio) (Hons)

Even after 20 years of being a physio I’m still so grateful to be in a position where I can have such a positive impact on people’s health & their lives. I love working with clients & getting them back on track for a healthy & active future. I get even more of a kick out of helping my team develop so that they achieve these same great results for their clients as well.

I love our Central Performance vision of improving the health & lives of our clients & the Surry Hills community. The challenge & fulfillment of building a team that takes each client’s aspirations & goals, whether to win at the elite competitive level or just to feel great & have heaps of energy, & turn them into reality is what really gets me out of bed in the morning.

Working with my wonderful team to develop & deliver our great range of services that I know will keep people more active, healthier & having fun with their family & friends is the most inspiring part of my work. I also love seeing our athletes at the peak of their performance, especially knowing the work & training they’ve been through to get there.  I firmly believe that exercise should be fun, functional & whole-body – no more lines of boring machines & mindless workouts!

I have both undergraduate & masters degrees from Sydney University, & extensive experience in providing physio coverage for representative rugby teams in the UK.  Together with my lovely wife Jude, my weekends are usually spent having fun & playing sport with my beautiful kids Dan, Fin & Sophie. I’ve recently become addicted to Stand-up paddling & think it’s one of the best workouts around!

Ben Liddy
Ben Liddy
Physiotherapist, Director, Head of Running Performance

M. Phty
B. App Sc (Ex. Sp. Sc.)
Director and Head of Running Performance
Level 4 Certified Middle & Long Distance Running Coach

In my time as a runner I’ve had my fair share of injuries. 11 stress fractures, soft tissue injuries, tendinopathies – everything! So I know the frustration that goes with being injured & not being able to do the things you love. As a result I’m very reluctant to tell my clients to simply rest & do nothing until their injury heals. I’m always looking for ways to enable them to continue doing what they love. I love working with people motivated to get back to their best, who aren’t content to just sit around & wait for the injury to get better.

As Head Of Running Performance I specialise in treating running injuries & deliver our running biomechanical screening program as well as our running performance program. I’m extremely passionate about running & love working with both our recreational and elite athletes. There is no more satisfying feeling than exceeding your own expectations & I love watching the runners I coach do just that. With correct & consistent training great things can be achieved & I’m always looking for people prepared to go out of their comfort zone to see where their body can take them.

As well as working with recreational runners I coach our elite run squad, Central Performance Track, which includes runners from state to national level. This is an invitation-only squad so if you’re already a competitive runner looking for a professional coach please email me directly at Ben@centralperformance.com.au.

Sonja Murphy
Sonja Murphy
Physiotherapist & Certified Pilates Instructor

I graduated from Murray State University, Kentucky, USA with a BSc in Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy, minoring in Physical Education in 2014. At Murray State I played soccer in the NCAA Division 1 Ohio Valley Conference, balancing the demands of being a scholarship student athlete with my academic studies. After my undergraduate studies I coached soccer with UK International across the USA before continuing my education with a MSc in Physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I have played sports since a young age, being involved in Gaelic football, camogie, basketball, athletics, badminton, soccer, and any sport that I could try in my local community in Ireland. My experience playing elite soccer in the United States and Ireland has taught me the importance of dedication, hard work and teamwork. I bring all of these qualities to my career in physiotherapy, and I have a strong appreciation for helping others to achieve their goals following an injury. Coming from personal experience of undergoing knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear during soccer preseason training, I understand the psychological and physical impacts of injury recovery, rehabilitation, and prevention.

My goal as a physiotherapist is to help my clients reach their full potential and live stronger, healthier lives through injury prevention, management, and performance advancement. Having completed my APPI Level 2 Matwork, I am interested in the role Pilates can have in optimising body movements to prevent future injury and pain. My clinical experience is in private practice, aged care, and with various sporting teams including the professional football club, Hearts of Midlothian in Edinburgh as part of their Academy Program. I have post graduate training in sports and kinesiology taping, as well as obtaining my Diploma in Sports Massage ITEC Level 3.

Outside of physiotherapy I enjoy playing Gaelic Football and Camogie with Craobh Phadraigh GAA club, hiking, camping, and enjoying the Australian outdoors lifestyle.

Dave Costello
Dave Costello
Strength & Conditioning + Accredited Running Coach

Accredited Athletics Australia Running Coach
Accredited ASCA Coach
B Ed Human Movement Health ed
CIII & IV Personal Training

I have been working in the fitness industry since 2007, initially as a Personal Trainer and over time my focus shifted towards to Strength and Conditioning and run coaching. I am happy to say that I have the same love, if not more, for my career today as I had when I started all those years ago.

I have been in and around sport and had a keen interest in physical performance and healthy living for as long as I can remember. My main passion is distance running which started when I joined little A’s as a 5 year old but I also played and enjoy basketball, rugby league (go the Panthers) and soccer through my teenage years into my 20’s. My siblings are all accomplished runners so it is no surprise that I ended up following in their footsteps and it has led me to where I am today, specilialising in strength training and coaching for runners.

I graduated from Sydney University with a B. Ed in Human Movement Health Education in 2017 and am also an accredited ASCA coach and PT. As a Strength and Conditioning coach and Personal Trainer I get immense satisfaction helping clients of all abilities reach their goals, whether that be a performance goal, a rehab goal or to break out of the recurring injury cycle that often comes with running. I love that there is an art and science to my job and I enjoy the challenge of providing training that is structured and backed by research but still provides variety and progression and keeps people stimulated. Nothing is better than seeing a client exceed their own expectations, overcome limitations and improve their quality of life.

An experienced runner myself, I have suffered the full gamut of injuries, from tendon pathologies to fractures, sprains, tears and everything else under the sun. I understand how important running is to my clients, I’ve walked the fine line that is peak performance verse overtraining and so I see my role as not only to facilitate their strength training but also educating them in load management and recovery practices that will prolong their careers and gradually improve their performances.

Outside of the clinic I still train and compete in track and road races as much as possible and my time is spent with my amazing wife Emily and our beautiful little girl, Daisy.

Chris McCarthy
Chris McCarthy
Head Of Exercise Physiology

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
B. Ex Physiology (UNSW)

I have always been fascinated with the body’s movement, particularly during exercise, and coming from a family of health professionals, it was only a matter of time before I ventured into the field for myself. This led me to completing a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology from UNSW, which I completed in 2017. Some of you may recognise me from my time at Central Performance as a prac student, and I’m now proud to say I’m a full time member of this fantastic team!

As an Exercise Physiologist, I get great joy from watching my clients achieve their goals through exercise whilst building lasting relationships with them, and enjoy the challenge of providing stimulating yet effective treatment in order to do this. I love working with clients in order to get them back on track to exercising post injury, and have experience in doing this with clients from a Cardiorespiratory and Musculoskeletal background.

Outside of the clinic I’m a keen cricketer and rugby fan, and have recently taken up boxing for fitness. You’ll find me on the pitch, in the ring or on my off days at the beach mucking round in the surf. I’m looking forward to helping people achieve their goals and get strong!

Mike Dale
Mike Dale
Physiotherapist and Strength & Conditioning Coach

Growing up I always had a keen interest in playing sport, especially rugby and cricket, which has given me my fair share of injuries over time. These experiences lead me to wanting to learn more about how injuries can be prevented and managed, especially through exercise.

My passion for exercise lead to me to spending 5 years working as a strength and conditioning coach in the elite junior pathways program at the Parramatta Eels NRL team, plus 1 year with the Cabramatta women’s rugby league team. During this time I developed a love for high performance, rehab and bridging the gap between the two.

While working as a strength and conditioning coach I completed a Bachelor’s in Health Science majoring in Exercise at the Australian College of Physical Education, attained a level 2 ASCA strength and conditioning certification, and completed my Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. These extensive qualifications give me the knowledge and skills to work with people right the way from acute injury management, through rehabilitation and return to activity, and then onto improving sports performance and physical conditioning.

Having also spent time as a personal trainer I thoroughly enjoy the experience of working with a variety of people and collaborating with them to reach their health and fitness goals.

Gaye Moffat
Gaye Moffat
Practice Manager

I joined this great team at Central Performance in November 2016. I respect the friendly and professional service that all the team provide to our clients. I also enjoy the team spirit everyone at Central Performance has.

Working for many years in an office setting doing various rolls from IT to Payroll gives me a lot of experience. Previously, I have also been a Weight Watchers leader and a home care worker. Both these positions allowed me to show my empathetic nature.

I have many outside interests that fill my life with joy and physical activity. I am the choreographer and active member of an Award winning Barbershop Chorus of amazing women. We compete internationally and are the current Australian champions. I also sing with my husband in a rock and roll band which we have toured with an international Elvis tribute artist.
I like to walk and rock and roll dance.

Pam Tarrant
Pam Tarrant
Head of Reception
Danny Jackson
Danny Jackson

Sport is a major part of who I am, regardless of whether it’s on the basketball court, soccer field or athletics and running track. Working at Central Performance in such a sport and exercise-based environment therefore plays to my strengths, and being around a fantastic team has allowed me to learn the ropes quickly!

Sara Tanti
Sara Tanti

I joined Central Performance in 2021 and I am excited to be a part of the team. Currently, I am studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) at Sydney Uni. I have always been involved in sport and fitness and I look forward to assisting clients to recover from injuries and improve their fitness once I have graduated.

In addition to my reception job at Central Performance I also coach tennis for young children/beginners. I have played tennis most of my life at an elite level and enjoy sharing my knowledge of the sport. In my spare time I enjoy keeping active and hanging out with my family and friends.