About Athlete IQ

The perfect blend of
science & sport.

ATHLETE IQ is passionate about helping athletes of all levels break through mental and physical challenges to harness their potential as elite competitors. Building better athletes for sustained success through a science-based and holistic approach to wellbeing, dietetics and education, ATHLETE IQ aims to constantly remain on top of current developments in player welfare and management.

Our Team

Alex Minicozzi
administrator

Giusi Silvestri
Co - founder / Counsellor & Player Welfare Manager

As the Player Welfare Manager and Counsellor for ATHLETE IQ, Giusi works within the realm of culture development, leadership, personal development, communication styles and relationships/connections. With a practical knowledge of HR, sport management and elite behaviour, Giusi is a therapist and consultant who offers advice, teaches practical steps about how to cope with life and sport’s difficulties through the execution of programs and interventions to optimise performance for her clientele. Giusi continually refreshes her expertise in neurosciences, attachment theory and neuro-linguistic programming. She can share successful strategies that can help you to achieve positive change in your life by exploring and resolving the source of conflicts and dissatisfaction within deep and persistent problems. Giusi has worked with performance artists, athletes and teams from a variety of sports, such as Olympic basketballers, cricketers, AFL and AFLW players and tennis professionals to name a few. She also consults with coaches, parents, management teams and runs ATHLETE IQ performance seminars and workshops.

Chris haddock
sports psychologist

Chris completed his Master of Applied Psychology (Sport and Exercise) at the University of Queensland. Since then Chris has achieved Endorsement in the Area of Practice of Sport & Exercise Psychology. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists, and is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

 

Chris displays integrity, passion and expertise in promoting consistent peak performance for individuals, athletes and coaches. As an experienced Sport & Exercise Psychologist Chris has demonstrated a passion for his work in High Performance sport. He brings a flexible, open and unique style of consulting allowing him to work and facilitate elite performance in a variety of settings.

Chris has had the opportunity to work with a number of organisations and clients: ranging from professional golfers (Royal Adelaide Golf Club), elite cricketers (South Australian Cricket Association), AFL youth academies (Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions), SANFL club (West Adelaide Football Club), Professional Football club (Adelaide United), elite netballers, tennis players, soccer players, youth baseball athletes (Adelaide Giants High Performance Academy), elite athletics (runners- short and long distances), and many more.


Chris has displayed a vast array of knowledge in his 5+ years working in high performance sport, as well as bringing his own personal knowledge from being a semi-professional athlete. During this time Chris has worked with a wide range of clientele, including children and older adults. Chris was a primary school P.E teacher for 10 years and is passionate about sport, exercise and promoting health and wellbeing through psychology and physical activity. He encourages a multidisciplinary approach to general health and wellbeing with an emphasis on psychological, physical and environmental factors that affect behaviours and performance.


  • Red2Blue Accredited Coach
  • Certified PR6 Resilience Coach
  • Mental Health First Aid Certification

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MARCELA VELASQUEZ-VILLA
PERFORMANCE DIETICIAN B Nutr Diet, Dip Sports Nutr, M Nutr Diet

Marcela’s biggest motivation at the beginning of her studies was to help malnourished children in her country (Colombia), but then sports nutrition and the ability to influence her own cheerleading team’s performance with food was a big reason to continue with her studies to become a Dietitian. Marcela was an athlete for 19 years and has a wealth of experience as a Dietitian at the Swimming League of the State of Antioquia, Colombia. Marcela was the Sports Dietitian at the premier gym of the State Swimming League that was providing their services to the general public and elite athlete’s families. In Australia, she has experience working in private practice, currently she consults with Danny’s Place (Institute of Child & Adolescent Obesity Management), the RAAF and 360ME Nutrition.

Alexander Rokobaro
PERFORMANCE Camps Manager

Alex Rokobaro was drafted into the NSW Waratahs Academy in 2011. He played as an outside back for the Rebels development team before going to play for French powerhouse Stade Francais in Europe. After his time in France he returned down under to sign with the Melbourne Rebels for the 2013 Super Rugby season. He had a brief stint for Italian club Calvasino. In 2013 he represented his native Fiji in International Rugby debuting against Portugal. A quality player manager, Alex brings a wealth of experience in domestic and international rugby. His genuine care, trust and motivation to see best possible outcomes for his clients on and off the field, see him universally respected and regarded in the industry.

Tom Hilbig
athlete wellbeing

With a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Tom Hilbig is passionate about educating clients on the impact of lifestyle factors, skill acquisition, athlete development and player welfare.
 
Tom is a High-Performance Coach, currently serving as an Assistant Coach with SA Metro’s U16 Boys team, Basketball SA’s High Performance Program, Forestville Eagles’ Premier League Men’s team and is one of Prince Alfred College’s Head Basketball Coaches. In addition to working in clinical practice, Tom is excited to be a part of Athlete IQ and is here to help you achieve your wellbeing and sporting performance goals.

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Our Services

Strength & Conditioning

Our tailored program is established with the athlete’s primary training objectives for their chosen sport and is executed under a variety of methods to optimise performance.

ATHLETE WELLBEING

Our athlete wellbeing sessions build resilience. Designed to help each athlete recognise and overcome mental blocks, self-sabotage, and better cope with stress or factors inhibiting performance.

Mental Strengthening

Our Mental Strengthening program is developed toward learning the correct skill sets inside the scope of developing mental toughness.

SPORTS & PERFORMANCE DIETETICS

Our goal is to identify the best eating and hydration strategies to meet an individual’s or teams schedule and training/competition need.

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WELLBEING & PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

Our Athlete wellbeing team assists our athletes to make educated, informed decisions that impact their performance in both sport and life. Athlete IQ provides support, resources and education, services and guidance, in the aim to develop athletes who are hungry to improve. Our athlete’s endeavour to display consistently high performance and elite behaviours needed to successfully progress through the elite pathway in their sport.


Consequently, we don’t subscribe to in vogue programs or fads. Our team is made up of university educated experts that use evidence-based methods. Athlete IQ embarks on learning and assessing the athlete/team before advising on customised work for individual athletes and teams progresses.

We specialise in unlocking human and athletic potential.