On the surface, Liz Hanson has an unlikely background for a career in sport. As a self-confessed ambitious workaholic, Liz graduated with an Honors Degree in Accounting and Finance while working full-time and was awarded the prestigious University Medal for receiving the highest academic marks. Her professional career started in investment banking, working in Australia, Asia and South Africa as a specialist in the Mining and Resources sector.
From investment banking, she became the youngest ever General Manager of Finance for the global gas and engineering company BOC Gases and it was within these predominantly male environments that one of Liz’s true passions emerged. Liz co-founded Xplore, a leadership development company for women, which grew into the leading provider of its kind within Australia. After selling out her ownership in Xplore in 2006, Liz joined her husband’s growing business, Athlete Assessments.
Now the Client Director at Athlete Assessments, Liz looks after their key clients and consultant relationships, as well as manages marketing and new business development. Her slogan is ‘when our clients are successful, we are successful too’. Athlete Assessments is best known for its athlete and coach profiling, and team dynamics consulting, and is a leader in coach education and sport management professional development.
Liz continues her long-term involvement with the Alliance of Women Coaches and is a faculty member of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. These opportunities bring together Liz’s two passions of sport and the leadership development of women.
Sport is a massive part of Liz’s life both professionally and personally. As a 100m age champion hurdler and sprinter, Liz’s High School Track & Field team ended a 60 year drought by winning the most prestigious Girls’ High School Championship in their State. Liz also has a black belt in Taekwondo, is the Under 8s Surf Sports Coach at her local surf club, is a volunteer youth Coach in basketball, ran her first marathon in 2000 and her second (and last!) in the 2014 New York Marathon. Her proudest sporting moments have not been her own, instead she counts cheering on her husband to win medals at three of his four Olympics as the most special times.