Support Team

Kate Hays

Kate Hays

Sports Psychologist

Kate has been working as an applied sport psychologist for the past 11 years and joined CUWBC for the 2015 Boat Race season. Whilst she has experience working with several sports, her primary contracts have been with British Diving and Harlequins Rugby Union team. In both contexts she has worked within a multidisciplinary team; contributing to Olympic medals and World Championship gold medal winning performances in diving, and the 2011-2012 Premiership title, and the 2012-2013 LV Cup titles in rugby. In her role as a sport psychologist she has travelled extensively and has supported the diving team at several National and International competitions including the Olympic Games and World Championships, and Harlequins at all domestic and international competitions. As such, she has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the high performance sport environment, and the needs of a diverse range of elite athletes and coaches. Throughout her applied sport psychology career, Kate has continued to pursue her research interests. Her PhD thesis examined ‘The Role of Sport Confidence (SC) in World Class Sport Performance’, and was based upon the experiences of World Championship and Olympic medallists.

Justin Roberts

Dr Justin Roberts

Nutritional Therapist

Dr Justin Roberts is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher with the Sport and Exercise Science Research Group at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is an accredited Sport and Exercise Physiologist and Chartered Scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and a Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr Roberts is also a Registered Nutritional Therapist with the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the Nutrition Therapy Council (NTC) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

With over 20 years’ experience in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, having worked within the British Olympic Medical Centre, London; Dr Roberts now specialises in Performance and Functional Nutrition with a central aim of exploring dietary and supplementation strategies to support performance and health related adaptations to exercise. He has worked with numerous elite athletes, and was Senior Nutrition Advisor to the England Football Team (Senior Mens Squad) and Manchester City FC (Senior Mens Squad).

Justin has a passion for two research areas in functional medicine: i) how nutritional strategies enhance metabolic efficiency (such as Green Tea and fat oxidation) and ii) the impact of nutritional aids (such as probiotics) on gut endotoxemia in athletes. He is currently supervising several PhD students on related areas. Justin, himself is a keen athlete, having completed 4 Ironman Triathlons, as well the Marathon Des Sables, a gruelling 150 mile ultra-race across the Sahara Desert.

David Jakeman

Physical Therapist

David graduated in Sports Therapy in 2009 and has since worked with a variety of different athletes from different sports. He has also become an integral part of the coaching team for the City of Peterborough Swimming Club, looking after their rehabilitation, Injury prevention, and strength and conditioning programme. The time working for COPS has seen David help to produce swimmers racing at both national and international competition as well as gaining scholarships to swim for various UK and American colleges. In the last few years David has also worked with the Amateur Swimming Association, coaching and presenting at their regional talent camps. David joins the CUWBC Team for the 2016 Boat Race Season as a physical therapist and will be working closely with the S&C coaches.

As a result of David’s own background in cycling and his experience looking after athletes, in 2014 he worked as a cycle soigneur for Rapha (for one of the biggest brands in cycling and current sponsor ofTeam Sky Professional Cycling), travelling round Europe supporting the riders as they took on the challenge of the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees.