Vince Kelly

Associate Lecturer – Sport & Exercise Science
  • High Performance Manager, UQ Sport Academy
  • Joint appointment with School of Human Movement Studies & UQ SPORT

Contact details

Room: Mon-Tue 241 (Building 26B), Wed-Fri UQ Sport Academy
Phone: (+61) 7 3365 4327
Fax: (+61) 7 3371 7229


Vince Kelly joined the School of Human Movement Studies in 2009 after a 15 year career in elite sport working as a strength and conditioning coach with professional football teams and the Queensland Academy of Sport.  He holds a conjoint appointment as Associate Lecturer - Sport and Exercise Science in the School of Human Movement Studies and also fills the position of High Performance Manager with UQ Sport. Vince obtained a postgraduate Honours degree in Exercise Physiology (HMS) from The University of Queensland.  He also completed his undergraduate degree in Applied Science (HMS) at The University of Queensland.  Vince is currently completing his PhD examining the efficacy of beta-alanine supplementation.


Associate Lecturer Vince Kelly teaches Sport and Exercise Science in the undergraduate program and coordinates the undergraduate course "Developing the Elite Athlete" and "Exercise Physiology" in the Sports Coaching Postgraduate Coursework Programs.  He is also a sessional lecturer in first, second and third year courses.  Each year Vince supervises honours students in a wide variety of sport science and strength and conditioning projects.  


Vince has previously worked in Strength and Conditioning roles with elite and professional sports including the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Australian Rugby Union, Western Force, Fiji Rugby Union, Auckland Rugby Union, and the Queensland Academy of Sport including several Olympic Gold Medalists.  The highlight of this experience was victory in the 2005 7s Rugby World Cup and training the 2011 and 2013 Formula 2 Ski Racing World Champions.

Community Engagement

Associate Lecturer Vince Kelly is a leading strength and conditioning coach, currently working with Ski Racing Australia and Ski Racing Qld.  He currently consults with the Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Wynnum Manly Rugby League and has previously consulted to the International Rugby Board and Australian Rugby Union. Vince is also a leading strength and conditioning coach educator consulting to the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

Mr Kelly currently manages the UQ Sport Academy, an organisation that provides commercial sport science and strength and conditioning services to National and State Sporting Organisations, sporting clubs, schools and the general public.  Current clients include Brisbane Lions, Rowing Australia, Rowing Queensland, Netball Queensland, Softball Queensland, Judo Federation of Australia - Queensland, Little Athletics Queensland, Wynnum Manly Rugby League, Brisbane City Football Club, UQ Rugby Academy, UQ Boat Club, Brisbane Grammar School, Padua College and many individual athletes.


View a list of Vince Kelly's publications.

Research Interests

His areas of research interest include ergogenic aids, quantification and management of training stress, the neuromuscular and hormonal adaptations to exercise, strength and power measurement, ultramarathon running and strength and conditioning in high performance sport.

Research Students

Doctor of Philosophy (Associate Advisor): Chris Brennan, Chris Gaviglio

Master of Philosophy (Associate Advisor): Anthony Wood