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Elite Athlete Program Staff 

Leonie Lum
Elite Athlete Program Manager

Leonie has worked at SUSF since 2006 in several roles. Prior to her current position, which she commenced in April 2011, Leonie oversaw the management of SUSF’s commercial and community sport and recreation services in the Programs & Participation department. Leonie is a graduate of The University of Sydney (B. Education (Secondary: Human Movement & Health Education), 2005) and the University of Technology, Sydney (Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, 2011).

If she’s not in the office or at the beach, Leonie can often be found training in one of our facilities. With a sporting background in track and field and martial arts, Leonie is an amateur boxer with Sydney University Boxing Club. Leonie oversees the care of scholarship holders for rugby union and athletics.


Phone      9351 5541 

Dustyn Butler
Elite Athlete Program Assistant Manager

Dustyn has worked at SUSF since 2016 and has recently moved over to the Elite Athlete Program by way of the Boat Club where he started as their Assistant Coach and later moved into the role of Director of Rowing, where he oversaw the running of the club to two New South Wales club titles (2017, 2018) and the clubs first National Club title in 2018.

Before moving to Australia, Dustyn coached in the UK as well as in his home country of South Africa where he served as a coach on their National Team from 2009 – 2012. In 2012 Dustyn was an assistant coach to the South African lightweight men’s four who won a gold medal at the London Olympics. 

With his coaching career behind him Dustyn now devotes more of his time to running and cycling where he takes part in marathons and has followed big cycle races like the Tour de France. Dustyn currently oversees the care of scholarship holders for football, basketball including the Flames Team and hockey. 


Phone     9036 9487

Eleni Valos
Elite Athlete Program Coordinator

Eleni graduated from the University of Sydney with a B. Health Science majoring in Health Science Research and Movement Science. She has held a number of roles with SUSF over the years including Customer Service attendant in Operations at SUSAC and Arena and Customer service administrator within Programs and participation, however commenced full time with SUSF in 2017 in High Performance and in 2018 commenced with the Elite Athlete Program.

When Eleni isn’t in the office she is most likely at a basketball stadium either competing or supporting. Eleni likes working in sport as it is fast-paced, challenging and gives you the opportunity to meet some pretty incredible athletes and administrators. Eleni is currently completing a Masters in Sports Management at UTS.

Eleni currently oversees the care of scholarship holders for many sports including cricket, tennis, table tennis, badminton, boxing, fencing, karate, taekwondo, surf lifesaving and wrestling.


Phone     9036 7893

High Performance Services Staff 


Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness Physical Preparation Team

Fitness testing, assessments, personalised training programs and other physical preparation support is available to sporting scholarship holders from our in-house professional strength and conditioning trainers.

Current Elite Athlete Program members, log in to your Smartabase account and complete the relevant request form to book a consultation. 

Rebecca Hay
Sports Dietitian 

Rebecca is an Accredited Sports Dietitian and Accredited Practising Dietitian. She has worked across many areas in both clinical dietetics and private industry. Her experience ranges from working as a dietitian in the public hospital system, in research, in private industry and most recently in private practice with The Athletes Kitchen. Rebecca is currently a coordinator for the NSW chapter of Sports Dietitians Australia and is involved with the planning and implementing the ongoing educational activities in NSW.

Areas of specialty for Rebecca include: healthy eating and body image, nutrition for performance, recovery, hydration, nutrition strategies for racing and competition, sports supplements and ergogenic aids, vegetarian and vegan eating, diabetes management, cholesterol management, IBS and FODMAP, menu planning and travel nutrition.

Some of her past clients include Cycling NSW, Sydney FC, NSW Swimming, Ryde Eastwood Rugby Union, nutrition provider for NSWIS, Triathlon 220 Magazine and Australian Defence Force.

Current Elite Athlete Program members, log in to your Smartabase account and complete the relevant request form to book a consultation. 

Paul Penna
Sports Performance Psychologist

Paul is a recognised Sport Psychologist, having worked with many of Australia’s top sports people and teams including the Australian Swim Team, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Team and the 2004, 2005 and 2007 World Swimming Championship Teams. He was the Senior Sport Psychologist at the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) during 2006-07. He commenced working at the institute in 2001 and was principally focused on assisting athletes and programs perform on the highest level possible, whether that was at State, National, Commonwealth Games, World Championships or Olympics and Paralympics. Paul has developed a successful business, Focus Performance Psychology, which assists individuals and teams to obtain peak performances. His clients include professional athletes and sporting teams, motor sport athletes, corporate executives and teams, performers and aspiring champions.

Current Elite Athlete Program members, log in to your Smartabase account and complete the relevant request form to book a consultation. 


Hannah Johnson
Sports Chaplain

Hannah is an accredited Sports Chaplain and has worked with many different events including the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and 2014 Australian University Games. Hannah is currently the State Director of Sports Chaplaincy Australia (SCA) for NSW & ACT and is involved across many different sports and levels of competition. Hannah has a BA in Sports Management, certificate in Ministry from Bible college and is also a qualified Youth Worker. Hannah has spent some time living overseas and around Australia.

Hannah is passionate about supporting people and helping them to reach their full potential. She is available to support, listen and care for those involved in sport, providing Pastoral Care and being available during major critical incidents as well as the every day aspects of life. SUSF scholarship holders and their families may access pastoral care and support, regardless of faith or creed, when dealing with life issues including grief and critical incidents. As well as a 'go to' for referral to other services such as counselling and personal development, Hannah helps  to facilitate and maintain positive, focused attitudes in student athletes.

The Sports Clinic
Sports Medicine Services      

At The Sports Clinic, located on the University's main campus, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness scholarship holders may access a range of services at student rates including: physiotherapy, podiatry, remedial massage and acupuncture.



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