About Us

Annual Reports

PURPOSE: Empowering you to take performance to the next level

OUR MISSION: To enhance the performance and health of all by supporting, educating and advocating the role of sports dietitians

OUR VISION: To be leaders in health and performance through sports nutrition

We are Australia’s peak professional body for dietitians specialising in sports nutrition. Our members help active Australians maximise their exercise goals with credible nutrition. With a rich history, it’s difficult to mention all of SDA’s highlights and achievements – here’s the best of the best.




  • SDA’s 25th Anniversary
  • Community audience grows to 66,000
  • Induction of 8 new Fellows and 2 new Life members
  • Inaugural Lecture in Honour held in honour of the late Assoc Prof Helen O’Connor


  • Development of the SNC course into a fully online format – expansion of curriculum + COVID-19 proofing
  • Membership grows to 639
  • Launch of Nutrition Kitchen & Coaches Toolkit


  • Membership grows to 570
  • Subscriber community reaches 10,000
  • Position Statement on Nutrition for Exercise in Hot Environments


  • Launch of ReFuel™ Magazine
  • Launch of Sports Nutrition Essentials Course


  • 515 members & a growing subscriber community


  • Partnership with Informed Sport
  • Our Conference grew to 2 days !
  • Launched this new website


  • Position Statement on Sports Nutrition for the Adolescent Athlete published in IJSNEM
  • 456 members


  • Sports Supplement Symposium


  • 15yr anniversary celebrations and Inaugural SDA Conference & Public lecture


  • Partnership with Kellogg’s Sustain (on-pack) & Dairy Australia


  • Sports Nutrition Course delivered in Canada
  • 400 members


  • Career Development Pathway implemented
  • 378 members


  • SDA launches Nutrition for Exercise & Sport Course
  • Sports Nutrition Course delivered in New Zealand
  • 292 members


  • Steering Committee established to develop Career Development Pathway
  • Partnership with Almond Board of Australia & Sustagen Sport
  • First international Sports Nutrition Course delivered in Singapore
  • SDA celebrates 10yr anniversary


  • Fellowships introduced


  • Collaboration with Fitness Australia to present information and publications to fitness instructors
  • 277 members


  • Sydney Olympics – SDA members ‘man’ Athlete kiosk & virtual help desk for Olympic web questions
  • Launch by John Howard of FIT KIDS book with Lisa Curry-Kenny
  • Clinical Sports Nutrition text launched
  • Medical Journal of Australia Supplement on “Recommendations for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Australian Children”, initiated by SDA and funded by Uncle Toby’s


  • SDA takes ownership of AIS Sports Nutrition Course, (which started in 1993)
  • Regular articles in Women’s Day, Triathlon Sports & Network Magazines
  • 238 members


  • Healthy Food Outlet Menu at MCG


  • Media campaign on fluids with Gatorade
  • On pack endorsement begins with Uncle Tobys Sport Plus
  • 140 members


  • First FUEL newsletter issue edited by Glenn Cardwell
  • October – SDA incorporation and launch at SMA Conference
  • Partnership with Gatorade

The beginning

  • Partnership with Uncle Toby’s in-kind support to get SDA off the ground
  • SDA Website launched
  • 181 Members

Our Committees

SDA Board

Gaye Rutherford – President
Dominique Condo – Vice President
Ali Disher
Joanne Mirtschin
Chris Fonda
Sally Walker
Pip Taylor
Sally Anderson
Alex Marzella – Appointed
Paulo de Souza – Appointed

Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Gaye Rutherford
Alex Marzella
Fiona Mann

Expert Scientific Panel

Greg Cox (Chair)
Louise Bell
Liz Broad
Louise Burke
Michelle Cort
Ben Desbrow
Karen Inge
Ruth Logan
Fiona Pelly
Gary Slater
Clare Wood

Our Partners

SDA welcomes enquiries from organisations wishing to partner with us - please contact us for further information.

Partnering with us

Contact Us

Sports Dietitians Australia
Sports House, 375 Albert Road
South Melbourne VIC 3206
Email: info@sportsdietitians.com.au
Telephone: 9699 8634
Email us
Marie Walters
Executive Officer
Tel: 03 9699 8634 Email Marie Save contact file
Kristina Sutherland
Senior Marketing and Project Manager
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Debra Smith
Project Coordinator & Administrator
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Bethanie Allanson
Accredited Sports Dietitian
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Aimee Morabito
Social Media
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Debra Smith
Membership Queries
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Media Spokespeople

Marie Walters
Executive Officer
Tel: 0416 188 246 marie@sportsdietitians.com.au
Gaye Rutherford
SDA President
Tel: 0409 149 247 gayerutherford@outlook.com
Beth Allanson
Accredited Sports Dietitian
Tel: 03 9699 8634 beth@sportsdietitians.com.au