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February 7, 2019

How Catapult Sports Assists Athletes Across the World

Any athlete is going to want to find ways to build on their previous performances. Catapult is a sports tech company doing just that, as the company provides athlete monitoring technologies to more than 1,800 elite sports teams around the world.

We caught up with Dave Williams, Catapult’s Director of Global Talent Acquisition, to learn about the origins of the business, the problems it solves for sports teams, and the positions it’s hiring for in Boston.

Also, Catapult is hiring! Click here to see all of the job openings at the company.


Every company has a story to tell how they came together. What is the story behind Catapult?

Catapult was born out of a partnership between Cooperative Research Centres and the Australian Institute of Sport in the late 1990s. The goal of that partnership was to address the fundamental questions in sports performance and help Australia deliver their gold medal target at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Following the success of that project, Catapult was officially founded in 2006 with the aim of building technologies that help teams and athletes to optimize performance, reduce injury risk, and support return-to-play protocols. Over the last 12 years, the business has grown from a small Australian startup into a global category leader in elite sports technology.

Catapult now employs over 350 people worldwide and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). The business has completed a number of major acquisitions in recent years, adding GPSports, XOS Digital, PLAYERTEK, and SportsMed Elite to the Catapult Group since 2014.

What are some of the core problems Catapult is solving through its products?

At a fundamental level, most professional sports teams have the same basic goals: to improve their performance, to reduce injury risk, and to help athletes recover as effectively as possible when they are injured.

By enabling teams to monitor the workloads athletes face in training and games, teams are able to understand the physiological impact of different activities and quantify the demands of competition. This collection and management of this information are crucial to a team’s ability to perform at their optimum level and ensure that athletes are prepared for competition while being protected from unnecessary fatigue.

How have the company and solutions evolved over the years?

Having started out as a provider of wearable GPS tracking technology, Catapult has diversified its portfolio to provide solutions across the entire performance landscape. In addition to wearable devices, Catapult also builds video analysis solutions and athlete management solutions to support organizations across every element of the data collection and analysis process.

Who are are some of the teams that use Catapult? Any examples you can offer?

We’re very privileged to work with professional sports teams and governing bodies around the world. Clients include teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and LA Galaxy.

What are some of the cool things you’re working on right now at the company?

We recently launched Catapult VISION, our all-new video analysis platform, so now attention is turning to the final phase of development for our next-generation wearable device.

What kind of positions are you hiring for right now in Boston?

Right now we’re hiring for several positions in our product development and software engineering teams, but we’re always keen to hear from talented and motivated people, whatever role they might be able to fulfill at Catapult.


Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz.  Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.
 
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