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Whatever it Takes: legal and sport science perspectives on the 'Essendon Saga'

A public lecture by Dr Tony Buti MLA, and Professor Brian Dawson, The University of Western Australia

FootballThe Essendon Football Club doping scandal involves a biochemist, a high performance manager, a club doctor, a favourite son of the club as coach, elite footballers, the Australian Crime Commission, politicians, AFL and club administrators, the Australian Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the judiciary. The scandal has ruined careers, reputations and long held friendships.

Tony Buti, Member for Armadale (WA State Parliament) and honorary fellow in the Law School at The University of Western Australia and Brian Dawson, Professor in Sport and Exercise Physiology in the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at The University of Western Australia offered legal and science perspectives on this difficult case.

In this talk, Dr Buti provided a commentary of the chronology of events that make up the 'Essendon Saga', then moved on to a legal analysis of CAS's decision that overturned the 'not guilty' verdicts of the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal.

Professor Dawson covered the effects peptides, such as Thymosin, Thymosin Beta 4 and AOD-9064, may have in the body and why they might be taken by elite sportspersons. He also offered a coach and player perspective on the Essendon supplements controversy.

Tony Buti is the Member for Armadale in the WA State Parliament and an honorary fellow in the Law School at The University of Western Australia. He has tertiary qualifications in law, human movement science, education and industrial relations and is a former AFL Player Agent. Dr Buti has written extensively on sports and the law and is co-author of Drugs, Sport and the Law and Sports Law.

Brian Dawson is a Professor in Sport and Exercise Physiology in the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at The University of Western Australia. He has published over 240 journal papers, many in the area of Australian Football and other team sports, and has supervised over 100 Doctoral, Masters and Honours students to completion. He was the fitness coach for the West Coast Eagles from 1988-2000, and currently continues with them as a sports science and research consultant. He is a Level 3 accredited Australian Football coach, having been a WAFL Senior Coach at both Swan Districts FC (2008-10) and East Perth FC (2013-15).

This public seminar was co-sponsored by UWA’s School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health and the SSEH Alumni Committee.