The Peter Harrison Centre welcomes two new members

Thomas Reitveld and Daniel Angus have joined the research team at The Peter Harrison Centre.

Thomas Reitveld: Research Associate: Wheeled Sports and Technology

Thomas studied an undergraduate degree in BSc Human Movement Sciences at The University of Groningen in 2017. In 2019, he then went on to study an MSc in Human Movement Sciences, Rehabilitation, and Functional Recovery, also at the University of Groningen.

Following his time at University, Thomas began a PhD investigating ‘Wheeling performance in wheelchair tennis: Understanding and improving a complex skill’ at The University Medical Center Groningen.

Thomas will now begin a new role as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in wheeled sports and technology within the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport.

In his current position, Thomas hopes to contribute to the knowledgebase of the wheelchair sports field. He hopes to support the development and translation of wheelchair sensor technology within wheelchair sports using an open science approach. He aims to use a wheelchair ergometer to explore the ergonomics of wheelchair sports propulsion. Thomas’s ultimate goal is to make sports biomechanics in wheelchair sports and beyond understandable for researchers, coaches and players to improve health and performance.

Daniel Angus: Doctoral Researcher: Psychophysiological responses to stress in England para-footballers

In 2020, Dan graduated from Loughborough University with a First Class Honours in BSc Sport and Exercise Science. He then went on to study an MSc in Exercise Physiology, where he graduated in 2021 with a Distinction.

Dan will be joining the Peter Harrison Centre in October 2022 under the supervision of Dr Jamie Barker, Professor Vicky Tolfrey, Dr Nicola Paine and Dr David Sims (FA).

With the support of the Peter Harrison Centre and The Football Association, the aim of Dan’s research is to assess the psychophysiological responses to stress in England para-footballers and how these may alter in the lead up to major tournaments. Further, his research will look to develop potential interventions that may help players cope better with the variety of stressors they may experience.

Welcome to the Peter Harrison Centre, Thomas and Dan!