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Advanced Sports & Performance Dietitian

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There's no perfect diet for optimal performance, only perfect principles.

Jess Spendlove is a highly respected Award Winning Performance Dietitian specialising in nutrition and high-performing behaviours. Put simply, she will get you to the top of your game or field, whatever that game might be. For some, it’s a very literal game: from AFL to netball, Jess has worked with elite athletes competing at national and international levels. For others, it’s the corporate game: balancing highly competitive professional environments with a lifestyle that allows success to happen.

Jess boasts an impressive track record, with over 30 seasons of experience working with professional team sports, resulting in multiple premierships. Her portfolio also extends to Olympic athletes, prominent corporate entities, The Australian Defence Force School of Special Operations, and high-profile personalities. Her portfolio features the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS (AFL & AFLW), Giants Netball (Super Netball), Cronulla Sharks (NRL), Sydney Kings (Basketball), NSW Waratahs, and Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League), among others.

Jess believes in harnessing one's natural energy centres - food, gut health, sleep, and mindset - to not only reach the top but to remain there. This philosophy applies whether you're an athlete, entrepreneur, business leader or a rising high school star - if your goal is to win, Jess has the strategies to get you there.

Beyond her vast experience, Jess holds a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) from the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Sydney. She has contributed to scientific journals and frequently lends her expert opinion to the media.

Known for her personable approach, quality of work, and exceptional results, Jess can connect with various people and think outside the box. Jess has spent her career perfecting a lifestyle overhaul that’s inspired by winners, for winners.

Talking Points

How to Eat Like the Elite: The Science of Nutrient Optimisation for Peak Performance

This keynote presentation showcases the performance nutrition tips, tools and frameworks Jess Spendlove has refined over a decade of working with hundreds of the best athletes in the country. In this session, she will share her industry secrets and leave you feeling inspired and motivated to make small, incremental adjustments that will have a magnitude of benefits for your physical and mental health. Jess will share behind-the-scenes insights into what fuels some of Australia’s highest-profile athletes and how you can apply the same strategies to elevate how you feel and function each day with ease.

Mastering Energy Management: Strategies for Optimal Vitality and Performance

People frequently adopt an all-or-nothing stance towards their health, which can lead to overwhelming and discouraging feelings. This insightful, motivational, and engaging presentation brings forth Jess Spendlove's comprehensive and sustainable perspective on well-being and performance. This session covers various elements integral to leading a fulfilling life, encompassing nutrition, physical activity, restful sleep, positive mindset, and more. By the end of this session, your team will walk away with clarity on their own energy management plan, specific to their lifestyle, effectively demolishing any barriers to initiating their well-being journey. Prepare to empower your team with actionable strategies for a healthier, more vibrant life.

Gut Health and Performance: Your Guide to Achieving Peak Performance, Enhanced Well-being, and Extended Longevity

The intricate connection between our dietary intake, stress management, gut health, and mental wellness is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field of research. This insightful session demystifies the complex science of the gut microbiome, its interaction with food, and the impact on our mood and performance. Your team will gain accessible, science-backed insights that inspire and motivate them towards sustainable modifications to their eating habits and daily behaviours. These changes are designed to elevate their everyday well-being and functionality. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of this fascinating area of wellness, participants will leave with intriguing scientific facts and practical hacks. These include easy dietary swaps that can create a long-lasting, positive impact on both their physical and mental health. Equip your team with the tools to navigate the dynamic interplay between diet, gut health, and mental well-being.
Jess Spendlove was an absolute pleasure to work with. Cobram Estate worked with Jess Spendlove to develop evidence-based, consumer-friendly social media content and to host a social media event. Jess was professional, genuine, detailed, organised, and aligned with the brand and values of Cobram Estate and evidence-based. Throughout the project from planning through to execution, Jess was open, flexible, and adaptable and clearly demonstrated her skills as experienced health and nutrition expert and communicators. Cobram Estate would be delighted to recommend Jess Spendlove to others. Cobram Estate

Jess brought a level professionalism, energy and technical proficiency that was the envy of other AFL clubs. She was described by players that had been to other clubs as far and away the best dietician that they had had the pleasure of working with. Whether it was presenting to the whole group, 1 on 1 tuition with players or taking the draftees for cooking lessons she delivered the material in a manner that made it easy to understand for all levels of the playing group Jess was very creative at thinking outside the box whether it be sourcing product at a better price, changing things up so that the players never tired of what was on offer or generally coming at things form a different angle. Her ability to network is also at an enviable level!

GWS Giants

The nutrition program that Jess Spendlove delivered to the Cronulla Sharks NRL team was of the highest standard I have seen in my time in professional sport. Whilst based on sound nutritional principles and delivered in manner that was both engaging and easy for athletes to understand, Jess always found a way to appeal every individual within a very diverse playing group. Of particular note, was her innovative way of dealing with the nutritional needs of injured athletes.


Jess Spendlove facilitated a corporate nutrition workshop during our wellbeing week. I was looking for an interactive session for our staff and Jess was more than happy to tailor a bespoke workshop. She went above and beyond to ensure the workshop was educational and fun and we had lots of excellent feedback from staff. Jess is professional, knowledgeable and friendly. I look forward to working with Jess again in the future.

Zurich Financial Services

Jess Spendlove has been instrumental in our well-being program. Not only was she able to create a bespoke experience for our team at PEXA, but she made nutrition fun and engaging. Our staff have really enjoyed all of Jess' sessions. We highly recommend Jess.

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