Associate Professor Fiona Pelly is the Discipline Leader in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 26 years’ experience, including 20 years in the area of sports nutrition, and has extensive experience in private practice and consultancy to International Olympic Committee (IOC), The Wiggles, the National Rugby League (NRL) teams, and individual Olympians.
Fiona is internationally recognised for her expertise in food provision at major sporting competition events, and has evaluated the menu for seven Olympic and two Commonwealth Games since Sydney 2000, with the most recent being the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She has been appointed to oversee the nutritional aspects of food provision at the 2017 Summer Universiade Games in Taipei where over 12,000 athletes from 147 countries will compete in 22 sports. Fiona is interested in the translation of knowledge about nutrition and nutrient requirements into food and whole diets, diet quality, and eating behaviours, with particular interest in athletic populations.