Meet the Team

Our team has many years of experience of supporting a wide range of athletes and sports, from endurance sports to team sports.

As well as our University Performance Sport athletes, we have worked with professional sports such as rugby league, cricket, football, motorsports, ironman, and have supported athletes doing events such as the Marathon des Sables, The 8 Hours of Suzuka and high altitude ultra-marathons.

Rhona Pearce

Sports Science Manager

Rhona has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and an MSc in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University, and has been a BASES Accredited Physiologist for 15 years. Managing and co-ordinating the delivery of physiology, nutrition and psychology support to both our student-athletes and members of the public, Rhona provides applied support to the commercial side of our service, specialising in endurance sports.

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Steven Harris


Steve graduated from the University of Bath studying Sport and Exercise Science before completing a Masters Degree in Physiology at Loughborough University. After supporting the University Cycling team during his time at Loughborough, Steve has returned to support the squad with extensive physiology testing and implementation of tailored physiology training to establish Loughborough University as the leaders in University Cycling. Steve also has a wide base of experience working across a range of sports from Rugby to Skeleton Bobsleigh. 

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Nicola Rawlinson


Nicola has a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science and an MSc in Exercise Physiology both from Loughborough University. She supports the majority of our Performance Sports athletes, applying physiological principles across a wide range of sports and settings. Nicola’s key interest areas include running economy, recovery protocols and exercise in environmental extremes.

Louise Corfield

Performance Physiologist (Placement)

Louise is a full-time postgraduate student, currently undertaking an MSc in Exercise Physiology, whilst supporting Loughborough University’s Basketball Performance Squad via a Physiology Placement. Louise graduated from her undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University in 2019, during which she completed a placement year with the Ministry of Defence as an Exercise Physiologist.

Pippa Bailey

Performance Physiologist (Placement)

Pippa is a part-time postgraduate student studying an MSc in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University, and is a support physiologist for the University Athletics club and the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre. Pippa graduated from her undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2019, during which she undertook a placement year with the University of Bath Sports Science department and was the Physiology intern for Loughborough Women's Cricket Team during her final year. She is a competitive middle-distance runner and regularly competes for the university. She has interests in athlete health and wellbeing for optimising training and performance and is excited to gain more applied experience with high level athletes.

Molly Garbutt

Performance Physiologist (Placement)

Molly is doing an undergraduate degree in Sport & Exercise Science here at Loughborough University, and is undertaking a full-time placement year before completing her final year of studies. Her role involves supporting Rhona and Steve in the delivery of physiology support to our commercial clients, as well as some project work supporting our performance support athletes.

Placement Students

Every year we support an undergraduate student on a full time placement with us, as well as an MSc student working with us part-time whilst completing their MSc in Exercise Physiology. We also allow a handful of students the opportunity to do a voluntary placement alongside their full-time MSc. These placements allow us to greatly increase the support we are able to offer our performance sports teams and scholars. The students undertake an intensive training and development programme throughout the course of their placement to ensure they get the best experience possible, and our athletes and coaches benefit from their input.