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Cara Grzeskowiak

Sports Data Analyst

Cara Grzeskowiak is a data analyst and champion rower helping athletes improve their performance.

When she’s not being a rowing champ, Cara Grzeskowiak works as a data analyst for the AIS’s national Athlete Management System (AMS). Between stints representing Australia in rowing – including a bronze medal at the 2019 World Rowing Cup – Cara completed a degree in Science and Economics (Maths major, Applied Statistics minor) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. She explains that her current role is “mainly about giving athletes useable data to improve performance standards”.

“Since AMS launched, the data has grown exponentially and we have now recorded more than 1.5 million training sessions covering 42 sports,” she says. The big challenge – and where Cara and her colleagues use their STEM skills the most – is what they do with this mass of data.

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“Runners might need pace information but rowers might need distance or loading rowed stats, so we’re working out what data is available and how we get the data into formats that people can use to improve training.” – Matthew Brace

Cara’s study and career pathway

This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Maths 2020.

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