About Masters Athlete

Peter Reaburn

Peter is a 54-year-old Associate Professor in exercise and sport science at Central Queensland University where he has recently finished a highly-successful seven years as a Head of Department. He received his PhD (The Lifetime Athlete: biochemical, histochemical and phsyiologicalcharacteristics) in Exercise Physiology from The University of Queensland after a range of previous careers including: professional lifeguard at Surfers Paradise beach, barman, health and physical education teacher, regional school sport officer, and recently responsible for Staff Professional Development within his University.

Peter has a lifetime involvement in competitive sport. As a younger man, he won national championships in surflifesaving and played representative Rugby. In his 30’s he moved into Masters Swimming, distance running and Triathlon. He has won national pool and Open Water championships in masters swimming, run a sub-3 hr marathon and won the “big-man” (>80 kg and 180 cm) Gold Coast half-marathon, and won numerous age-group long distance triathlon events. In more recent years he won his age group (50-54 yrs) at the Australian Ironman and placed 7th in the Hawaii Ironman. He competes regularly in road cycling and remains an active swimmer and runner with the aim of completing and competing in the Hawaii Ironman again in the near future once his children grow up.

Peter believes in ‘giving back to sport’. He was the Foundation President of the Miami Masters Swim Club on Queensland’s Gold Coast that won the national club championship three years later at the titles he Chaired the organisation of. Peter has served as Coaching Director and President of Queensland Masters Swimming and was on the organising committee of the 1988 World Masters Swim Championships, Meet Director of the 1994 World Masters Games Swimming, and on the Medical Advisory Panel for the same Games. Peter was a member of the National Coaching Panel and medical Advisory Panel for Masters Swimming Australia for over 10 years. Currently he is the Secretary of the Rockhampton Cycling Club and Coach Coordinator and Vice-President of the largest netball club in Rockhampton where he has coached netball to premiership and representative level for 10 years.

Peter has a passion for ‘bridging the gap’ between sport and exercise science and athletes and coaches. He has been an invited contributor to Australia’s premier coaching magazine Sports Coach for over 10 years, has been invited every year to speak at national and international coaching conferences, and is an invited author of review articles focused on masters athletes for the European Review of Aging and Physical Activity. Through the late 1990’s Peter and his wife Claire wrote and self-published a hardcopy publication titled The Masters Athlete until a young family came along. This website is the re-invention of that publication that uses information technology to bring you the reader the benefit of Peters wealth of experience in sport as an athlete and sport scientist, his ability to write in layman’s terms, his thirst for knowledge and sharing of this through this site as well as his belief that the collective wisdom of the group is greater than ones own.

Peter has been happily married to Claire, herself a former World Short Course 800m record holder in Masters Swimming, for 21 years. Together they have two daughters Rebecca and Megan who now play representative Touch and Netball. Together they enjoy overseas travel, surfing holidays, and watching elite sport on television.

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57, 1-9 Hughes Avenue
Main Beach, Queensland
4217 Australia

Phone: In Australia: (07) 5679 6960 Overseas: +61 7 5679 69 60


Peter Reaburn

PhD BHMS(Ed)(Hons) Grad Cert Flex Learn

Claire Reaburn

Dip Teach Grad Dip Bus