Grant Tomkinson is a research professor and member of the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at the University of South Australia.
Professor Tomkinson is interested in how people’s physical fitness levels relate to their health. Physical fitness refers to people's ability to perform physical activity, and it is important for good health and sporting success. He is particularly interested in whether today’s people are fitter than their peers from the past. He was the first to conclusively show that kids’ aerobic performance levels have, in fact, declined worldwide since about 1975 and have plateaued since 2000. His research has informed policy nationally and internationally, with contributions to policy in Australia, Canada, France, and the UK, and to the International Olympic Committee’s consensus statement on Fitness and Health of Young People through Sport and Physical Activity. He is a Young Tall Poppy Science Award winner.
Grant is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, an Executive Committee member of Active Healthy Kids Australia, and the Oceania Representative on the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance's Board of Directors.