Dr Alison O'Riordan is the director of AOR Sports Consultancy. 

Alison is a sport, exercise and physical activity professional and educator with over thirty years’experience in varying positions within the public and private sectors in Australia, the UK and Ireland.   

Alison has a PhD in sports biomechanics and is a qualified educator, applying both of these specialisms when working on athlete and coach development. She is a world leader in Seated Throws research and regularly presents globally to National Paralympic Committees and National Governing Bodies. 

Alison is an Athletics Australia Level 5 (Master) and a British Athletics Level 3 coach and has successfully coached a number of Paralympic and World Championship medalists. She is currenlty the National Throws Coach for Paralympics Ireland and is the Head Coach of AOR Squad, her own squad of Para throwers.

She has held a number of professional positions, including:

Since returning to the UK in mid 2011, Alison has undertaken a number consultancies for England Athletics and British Athletics. She continues to support and promote disabled and Paralympic throwers through her own coaching squad, and coach and athlete development and mentoring. She  also worked with  the charity Remap designing an adjustable seated throwing frame, the Protean STF,  for athletics club use. 

Alison was 2014 and 2016  Head Coach, and 2017 Team Throws Coach for Team UK for the  Invictus Games.  Team preparation was funded by Help for Heroes. More recently consultancies have included being a National Trainer for UK Antidoping and the World Academy of Sport. She is also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University.

Alison has worked  or consulted for the following  organisations:

  • Athletics Australia
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • British Athletics
  • England Athletics
  • Help for Heroes
  • Channel 4
  • UK Anti Doping
  • World Academy of Sport
  • Paralympics Ireland