Legalise Drugs in Sport (Sat) Panel

Stephen Dank, Lisa Forrest, Richard Ings, Tracey Holmes (chair) & Jason Mazanov

Another sport, another drug scandal; are anti-doping efforts doomed? Would legalising drugs in sport actually protect athletes from harm? Is this radical idea the only way to create a level playing field?


Stephen Dank is an Australian biochemist who has worked as a sports scientist with National Rugby League clubs such as the Manly Sea Eagles and Australian rules football clubs such as Essendon Football Club and the Gold Coast Suns Football Club. He is known for his unorthodox treatment and diagnostic methods. 


Lisa Forrest is an Olympian, broadcaster and author. Lisa is also the founder of Evermind, a mindfulness-based coaching practice specialising in performance resilience and leadership.


Tracey Holmes is a journalist who has spent much of her career covering sports politics and its social impact. She has lived in numerous countries including mainland China and the Middle East where she's worked for CNN, CCTV and Dubai Eye. In Australia she has worked for the ABC, Channel 7, SBS and Fox Sports covering ten Olympic games, FIFA World Cups, and many other of the world's great events. Currently she is a senior reporter/presenter for ABC NewsRadio, a panelist for ABC TV's Offsiders, and anchor of sports politics program, The Ticket. She is also senior mentor for the IOC's Young Reporters program.


Dr Jason Mazanov is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Business, UNSW-Canberra. Dr Mazanov has been actively researching the policy and management of drugs in sport for over a decade. This expertise has seen Dr Mazanov make over 100 appearances in the Australian and international media. In addition to being Founding Editor of the peer-review journal Performance Enhancement and Health, Dr Mazanov is author of the upcoming book Managing Drugs in Sport.

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