Friday 2nd December, 7:30am (AEDT)


8 hours of educational content focussed on Contrast echocardiography

Welcome to the 2nd Sports Heart Summit  

Increasingly we are recognising the complexity of the athletes' heart and the effects on cardiac physiology with exercise. The nuances of this patient group and unique challenges they present have resulted in the emergence of the sports cardiologist role, as well as a more integrated role of the exercise physiologist.

Sports Cardiology not only recognizes the effects of exercise on the athlete's heart, but also acknowledges sport as a recreation, and exercise as a therapy. The sessions dedicated to sports cardiology at international cardiac meetings are always well attended, but rarely have enough allocated time to delve into the topic as thoroughly as needed. Now is the time to rethink how we approach continuing education within this sub-specialty.

This unique event is aimed at cardiologists, exercise physiologists, physicians and researchers with an interest in sports cardiology.

Care has been taken to incorporate guidelines into talks to demonstrate how and why they should be applied in your daily practice.

 The majority of the sessions are pre-recorded and will then streamed on the 2nd December 2022 (AEST). Attendees will have access to a chat room to facilitate discussion between the delegates, and in some instances with the live speakers.

The "must-attend" event for anyone involved in exercise cardiology!

5 hours CME

This Exercise Cardiology event has been approved as an ASUM Approved CPD event. This meets the CPD requirements for ASAR. 

ARDMS / CCI members will also be able to claim CPD for attending the program.

Certificate of attendance  - available only with Premium registration.

World class speakers

A faculty of experts from around the world are contributing to this event. 

Hear from sports cardiologists, cardiac sonographers, educators, researchers and exercise physiologists. These are the experts in the field, all coming together to share their experience and knowledge. 

9 months access to content**

Premium registrations can enjoy 9 months of access to the content. Watch whenever suits, or watch it again. Don't miss a thing. 

**Premium registrations only

Not just the Summit...

Conference events are great. We learn, get excited, but then often go back to our clinical practice where the enthusiasm slowly dwindles....

Keep the momentum going, continue the discussion in the Exercise Cardiology Facebook group.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be better able to:

  1. Identify physiological adaptations to training and exercise. 
  2. Explain the various diagnostic tests available for the assessment of the athlete's heart.
  3. Incorporate new guideline recommendations into clinical practice.
  4. Recognize the recent advancements and future direction of imaging and the impact these advancements may have on patient care.
  5. Interpret and discuss findings specific to assessment of the athlete's heart, including but not limited to, common structural and functional changes that occur through cardiac remodelling.

2022 Program at a glance 

Registrations are closed for the 2022 event. Planning for the 2023 event is under way now.

All prices $AUD


Just the basics - watch live only

No replays.

No certificate of attendance.

  • Access to live-stream only (2nd December, 2022)
  • Approx 5hrs  content



Early Bird Premium


Must register before 21st November to secure this price

  • 9 months access to content
  • Watch when it suits, don't miss a thing
  • 5  hrs CME (pending approval)
  • Digital certificate of attendance



Late Registration

Missed the live can still access the replay and earn CME!!!

  • Access content until 2nd September 2023
  • Watch when it suits, don't miss a thing
  • 5  hrs CME (pending approval)
  • Digital certificate of attendance



Message from Tony Forshaw, B.ExSci, Mast Cardiac ultrasound, AMS (cardiac), FASE  - 2022 summit convenor

The 2nd Sports Heart Summit is proudly presented by Echo.Guru. This innovative conference format allows educational events in targeted topic areas to be delivered both conveniently and at a much lower cost to delegates. There are no travel expenses or costly accommodation bookings, and the online format allows for minimal time away from our daily work. Content is available for replay for a limited time after the event,  with participation during the event  encouraged through an online chat feature. This approach to CME events has been hugely popular at recent Echo Guru events (even before Covid-19) and I am delighted to bring this event to the sports cardiology community once again.  

I am originally a sports scientist, and have maintained this interest and passion throughout my career as a cardiac sonographer and university educator. 

It is with great pleasure that I am convening this summit and I welcome all cardiologists, sports physicians, exercise physiologists, and anyone with an interest in the field of sports cardiology to join me for the discussion and be part of this unique event.

2022 Faculty 

Tony Forshaw

Summit Convenor - Aust.

Tony Forshaw  is a university lecturer and clinical cardiac sonographer, with a background in exercise science.  He has a masters degree in Cardiac Ultrasound and continues to have a strong ongoing interest in research. Tony believes echo is a practical skill and passionately enjoys the art of performing echocardiography. He has been a sonographer for over 20 years and a vocal campaigner for improving the standards of sonographer training as past president of the Australasian Sonographers Association (ASA). Tony is an enthusiastic speaker at conferences on a variety of echo topics. Today, he is the proud convenor of this summit.

Michael Papadakis


Cardiovascular Clinical Academic Group, St George’s, University of London

Prof Papadakis is a Professor in Cardiology at St George’s, University of London and an Honorary Consultant Cardiology at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is the president for the European Association of Preventive Cardiology and the past chair of the European section of Sports Cardiology and Exercise. He is consultant to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young who screens more than 30,000 young individuals per year for heart disease and a consultant cardiologist to the English Institute of Sport, English and Wales Cricket Board and Rugby Football Union. His interests include preventive cardiology, sports cardiology, inherited heart conditions. Dr Papadakis is currently credited with more than 130 publications in peer reviewed medical journals and numerous presentations in national and international conferences. He has contributed to international projects that have shaped education in preventive cardiology. In 2016 he launched a novel MSc degree in Sports Cardiology.

Charles Pedlar

St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK

Charlie is a Sports Physiologist and is a Full Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science in the Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK.  A Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, Charlie has combined research with applied practice having spent nearly a decade as a physiologist in the English Institute of Sport working with many Olympic level athletes.  He went on to set up the Centre for Health, Applied Sport and Exercise Science at St Mary’s University. Charlie subsequently spent time in the US on a research sabbatical at the Cardiovascular Performance Programme at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Charlie also serves as Chief Scientific Officer at Orreco, and leads a team of sports scientists and nutritionists supporting elite athletes from several pro leagues including the NBA, NHL, NFL and English Premier League.  Charlie’s broad research interests include biomarkers of fatigue and underperformance (particularly iron status, redox and inflammation), compression as a recovery tool, altitude training, sleep, and the Female Athlete. He has over 85 peer reviewed papers and is an associate editor at the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 

Timothy Churchill

Massachusetts general hospital, USA

Dr Timothy Churchill is a cardiologist at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the Cardiovascular Performance Program (CPP) and the MGH Echocardiography Laboratory. He received his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine, Echocardiography, and Sports Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr Churchill’s clinical work centers on cardiovascular evaluation and care of athletes and highly active individuals with cardiovascular disease. He also maintains an active clinical presence in the echocardiography laboratory working with all aspects of clinical echocardiography. His primary research focus is on better understanding the impact of exercise and sport on the cardiovascular system and leveraging this knowledge to help reduce the cardiovascular risk associated with all levels of sports and exercise participation, with a particular interest in the impact of sport on the vascular system and the aorta specifically. He is also an active member of the ORCCA (Outcomes Registry for Cardiac Conditions in Athletes) study group. Finally, he maintains an active interest in the use of echocardiography to better risk stratify patients with valvular heart disease.

Bradley Petek

Massachusetts general hospital, USA

Brad is currently the Cardiac Performance Program fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and will be the Director of Sports Cardiology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. His research has focused on pre-participation cardiovascular screening, interpretation of cardiopulmonary exercise testing, exercise-induced cardiovascular remodeling, and cardiovascular outcomes among athletes with heart disease.

Gillian Whalley

University of Otago, New Zealand

Professor Gillian Whalley is an echocardiographer and clinical researcher at the University of Otago (Dunedin) with interests in heart failure and indigenous cardiovascular care. Her research has evaluated the role of echo in prognosis; the use of echo to screen asymptomatic high-risk populations; and indexing heart size for body composition and ethnicity. She is currently leading a study, funded by the Health Research Council, to establish the appropriateness of echo reference ranges for Maori and Pacific New Zealanders.

Gillian's interest in echocardiography began as a trainee sonographer in 1985. She started working in research in 1990 and then completed a Masters and PhD in Medicine. Her doctoral thesis studied the role of echo in the management of patients with heart failure. She has published over 130 journal papers and been involved with clinical trials, methodological studies and has an interest in meta-analyses of echo data.

Gillian is also the Editor in Chief of the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.

David Prior

St Vincents hospital, Melbourne, aust

Associate Professor David Prior is the Director of Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging and Head of the Heart Failure Clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He is on the board of management for the National Centre for Sports Cardiology and is also the Clinical Director of Cardiology at Albury Wodonga Health. After training in cardiology at the Alfred Hospital, he completed a PhD in heart failure at the Baker Heart Research Institute and subsequently an imaging fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA. He has worked at St Vincent’s Hospital since 2000 and also holds a position as Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Major clinical and research interests are in heart failure management, echocardiography, cardiac MRI, sports cardiology and pulmonary hypertension.

Christian Hamilton-Craig


Prof Christian Hamilton-Craig is director of Noosa Hearts Cardiology in Noosa, and an Honorary Staff Cardiologist at The Prince Charles Hospital. He is full Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. He was previous chair of the Conjoint Committee for Certification in Cardiac MRI for Australia-NZ, is the lead author on the CSANZ position statement for Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring, and the regional co-chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He has published over 120 scientific papers including citations in the AHA/ACC Valve Guidelines. He collects guitars and likes to surf.

Harrison Scott

Hearts 1st, BrISBANE, Aust.

Harrison Scott is a senior cardiac scientist at Hearts 1st, Brisbane Australia. Harrison has completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of business and is currently in the middle of his post-graduate echo training. He has a passion for exercise cardiology and has focused heavily on the pre-participation screening of athletes in the south-east Queensland region; screening a variety of sporting teams including the Qld Reds, Brisbane Broncos, Lions and Roar, as well as the Firebirds netball teams and all QLD Academy of Sport athletes. In his spare time he enjoys renovating his house and raising a family of ducks.

Jason Kaplan

Genesis Care & NSW Cardiology, Sydney, Aust.

Dr Jason Kaplan is a cardiac imaging specialist and preventative cardiologist who studied Medicine at UNSW and graduated with Honours in 1999, completing his Internal Medicine Training at St George and Prince of Wales hospitals and Adult Cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Dr Kaplan has done additional training in all aspects of echocardiography at international centres including the Mayo Clinic and has been involved in training echo sonographers for the last 10 years.

Prior to training in cardiology, Dr Kaplan completed additional advanced training in medical oncology and pharmacology. His training in these areas allows him to adopt a more holistic approach to patient care, particularly those with multiple medical issues This training has also led to a special interest in the emerging field of cardio-oncology, Which is the cardiac care of patients who are undergoing or have previously completed cancer treatment.

He is an accredited specialist in Cardiac CT and teaches on a regular basis to other specialists in this discipline.

Dr Kaplan is also a proponent of Integrative Cardiology incorporating principles of cardiovascular, nutritional, functional and Mind – Body Medicine in the care of his patients.

Dr Kaplan also has a strong interest in Sports Cardiology – an emerging subspecialty within cardiology providing cardiac care to elite athletes and exercising individuals and has worked with the NSW Institute of Sport, Olympic athletes, NRL and A- League

In 2019 Dr Kaplan became a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology being recognised for his contribution to cardiovascular medicine.

Dr Kaplan is currently a senior clinical lecturer in Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Feedback from the 2019
Sports heart summit


What a great summit! Most informative with knowledgable speakers.

Christine H

Victoria, Australia


Absolutely fantastic and and interesting summit. Really enjoyed it thank you!

Sally D

Queensland, Australia


I thoroughly enjoyed the summit and re-listened to many of the presentations while driving to and from work. I do hope it is run again next year.

Mark Z
Victoria, Australia

Feedback From Previous Echo Guru Educational Summit Events

Susan S - North Carolina, USA

This summit has TRULY been a blessing. Thank you so much for such a gigantic undertaking. I don't take it for granted- so much of the content has changed my outlook.  After 28 years of working in the field this summit has given me a MUCH needed reinvigoration. The Echo Supervisor’s Summit was a much appreciated and powerful event that helped revitalize my energy in the field. Like students/trainees, leaders need guidance also; but we often forget we’re human too. This summit offered a community of support to keep us interested in growing, learning, sharing, so that the educational process of others continues - which ensures that the life of our field continues to pulse in the future.

Gill E - TAS, Aust.

Really an exceptional summit. Great for cpd points opportunity for staff. Getting them to conferences is quite expensive. and content is very relevant. I really appreciate you doing this again next year. 

Lisa - VIC, Aust.

I would to congratulate you for delivering such an amazing Echo Supervisors Summit. This is the first one I have attended and certainly will not miss one from now on. Your enthusiasm, passion and professionalism to help us to continue to keep learning and be up to date with the latest, to be the best Sonographers we can is to be admired and you are a credit to your profession. The scope of the lecturers and topic discuss was outstanding. 

As living in a small country town to have the opportunity to not have to travel I would of paid twice the amount to obtain my CPD points online.

Laura B - QLD, Aust.

Congratulations on a successful summit! It was the perfect format for me as I am currently on maternity leave with my now 5 month old son. To be able to stream the content from the comfort of my own home was brilliant ... And the continued access for the next month is great for those presentations that I particularly enjoyed.

Lynn B - SA, Aust.

I would highly  recommend the  Echo Supervisors Summit to anyone interested in an amazing opportunity to access diverse interactive topics both locally and international in your office and at home.

Jenny M - QLD, Aust.

It was terrific, great speakers and content, nice relaxed format. 

Samantha E - QLD, Aust.

I really enjoyed the summit. It was useful being able to access lectures at a time convenient to me. I was impressed by the quality of speakers and the presentations were relevant and inspiring. Thankyou for a great event! 

Jayne S - VIC, Aust.

Thank you for another amazing summit. It is far and away the most valuable symposium around for tackling the difficulties faced by echo supervisors. I’m so appreciative of the work you have done and hope to see this forum continue for many years to come.

Di B - WA, Aust.

Thank you for organising such a worthwhile course.  It was great having speakers from a variety of backgrounds all covering interesting topics. I took many things away from the summit and some I hope to implement into our work practice. I look forward to next years content!

Expert Speakers

The world's experts sharing experiences, techniques and research in contrast echocardiography

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Premium registrations can enjoy 9 months of access to the content. Watch whenever suits, or watch it again. Don't miss a thing. 

Convenient CME 

Watch from home or work. No travel / accomodation.

Up to 5 CPD points available for summit. 

Note: Certificate of Attendance  only sent to premium registrations. 

CME approved through ASUM.

Recognised by ASAR / CCI/ ARDMS.