2019 Welcome Reception Celebrity Guest - Eilish McColgan
Eilish McColgan (born 25 November 1990) is a Scottish middle-distance athlete who competes in the 3000 metres steeplechase and 5000 metres. She represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and in 2018 at the Gold Coast. She is the Scottish record holder in the 3000 metres steeplechase with 9:35.82 in 2013.
Eilish McColgan has broken her mother Liz's Scottish 10-mile record to retain her title at the Great South Run. Her time of 51 minutes 36 seconds in Portsmouth puts her second on the British all-time list behind Paula Radcliffe, who ran 51.11 in 2008.
Prof Ron Maughan
Ron Maughan obtained his BSc (Physiology) and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, and was based in the Medical School there for almost 25 years before moving to England. He is now Visiting Professor in the School of Medicine at St Andrews University.
He spent much of his career trying to understand the physiological responses to exercise and the nature of fatigue, but has included many digressions along the way.
He chairs the Nutrition Working Group of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee. He is a director of the IOC Diploma programs in Sports Nutrition, Sports Medicine, and Sports Physical Therapies.
Prof Louise Burke
Louise is a sports dietitian with nearly 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She was Head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport during its existence from 1990-2018 and continues at the AIS as Chief of Nutrition Strategy. She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her publications include over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition. She is an editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Louise was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition. In 2014 she was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.