Wade Sinclair joined Sport and Exercise Science (SES) in 2003 as a Research Officer after completing his honours thesis investigating the thermoregulatory responses of junior surf lifesavers exercising in protective clothing. Wade completed his undergraduate education with James Cook University and has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary teaching) progressing to an Associate Lecturer (2008-2009) and Lecturer (2010 to present).

Previously Wade has held collaborative arrangements with the Townsville JCU FIRE WNBL side, Surf Life Saving Australia, the National Rugby League and North Queensland Cowboys, Aspetar - Qatar's Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital as well as various Australian and International Universities. Away from University, Wade has served as the Assistant Coach for the Australian Life Saving Team (2013-2016) and is the current Performance Analyst for the North Queensland Cowboys.

Wade is the coordinator of the SES Honours program and has previously supervised 13x Honours and 1x PhD to completion and is currently supervising the following projects: 

  • Identification of performance qualities discriminant of development level for rugby league: a multidimensional athlete development framework (PhD, Secondary Advisor, James Cook University); 
  • Use of performance analysis to enhance success within an elite rugby league environment (PhD, Secondary Advisor, James Cook University); 
  • Use of Rugby League specific activities to assess effects of training (PhD, Secondary Advisor, James Cook University);
  • Examining playing performance in Rugby Union via static and dynamic appraoches (PhD, Secondary Advisor, James Cook University); and
  • Quantifying the Acute Physical, Cognitive and Physiological Responses of various Training Modalities in Australian Soldiers (PhD, Secondary Advisor, James Cook University).
  • SP3006: Environmental and Sports Medicine (Level 3; CNS)
  • Sport science consultant for professional athletes and sporting organisations
  • Performance analysis in elite rugby league;
  • Physiological performances in aquatic sports;
  • Short term heat acclimatisation interventions;
  • Travel strategies for sporting teams.
  • Student empowerment and engagement across all year levels of exercise science
  • 2020 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2010 to 2019 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Associate Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2003 to 2008 - Research Officer, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2012 to 2013 - Surf Life Saving Australia - Coach of the Year
  • 2012 to 2013 - Surf Life Saving Queensland - Coach of the Year
  • 2012 - International Society of Exercise and Immunology
  • 2018 to 2020 - Applied Level 3 Performance Analyst
  • 2013 to 2015 - European College of Sport Science
  • 2010 to 2015 - Professional Member - American College of Sports Medicine
  • 2015 - Scientific Committee - "Performance and recovery enhancement in sports", Special issue of Journal of Human Kinetics
  • 2015 to 2016 - Assistant Coach, Australian Life Saving Team 2015-2016 - Head Coach, 2015 SANYO Cup, Aoshima Beach, Japan - Asssistant Coach, 2016 World Championships in Eindhoven and Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
  • 2011 to 2015 - Surf Life Saving Australia Research Advisory Committee
  • 2013 to 2014 - Assistant Coach, Australian Life Saving Team 2013-2014 - Team Manager, European Tour, 2013 - Asssistant Coach, 2014 World Championships in Montpellier, France

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 70+ research outputs authored by Mr Wade Sinclair from 2004 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Cowboys Rugby League Football Limited - Contract Research

Game, Training and Individual Performance Analytics of Elite Rugby League Players

Indicative Funding
$110,000 over 4 years
Evaluating training and game performances I elite sport is an information-rich environment particularly with the additional of data analytic companies providing real-time and post-competition analyses for coaching staff. Additionally, the inclusion of wearable technology and in particular, the inclusion of global positioning systems in to the elite training environment have empowered high performance personnel with an overabundance of performance data through which evidence-based evaluations can be made. However, with the inclusion of such technology in to the contemporary elite training environment, coaching staff are now faced with interpretative decisions pertaining to what metrics are suitable and under what constraints.
Wade Sinclair, Anthony Leicht and Carl Woods in collaboration with Paul Bowman (College of Healthcare Sciences and Cowboys Rugby League Football Ltd)
Performance Analytics; Machine Learning

National Rugby League - Rugby League Research Committee

Identifying the impact of cognitive fitness on decision-making capacity of elite NRL officials

Indicative Funding
Officiating team sport matches requires engagement of complex physical and mental/cognitive processes. Superior cognitive fitness may assist with management of match stresses for greater decision-making. This project will: 1) identify the current cognitive fitness levels of elite NRL officials; and 2) examine the impact of cognitive and/or physical stress on elite NRL official?s decision-making proficiency; 3) clarify how cognitive fitness level moderates elite NRL officials? decision-making proficiency. This project will provide recommendations to enhance the decision-making capacity of elite NRL officials with reference to cognitive fitness.
Jonathan Connor, Anthony Leicht, Anne Swinbourne, Kenji Doma and Wade Sinclair (College of Healthcare Sciences)
referee; Elite Athlete; Rugby League; Decision-making

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Secondary Advisor.

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Identification of performance qualities discriminant of developmental level for rugby league: A multidimensional athlete development framework (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Use of Rugby League Specific Activities to assess effects of Training (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Use of Performance Analytics to Enhance Success within an Elite Rugby League Environment (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Quantifying the Acute Physical, Cognitive and Physiological Responses of various Training Modalities in Australian Soldiers (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
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