Dr. Alice Sweeting

Research Fellow

Victoria University

Western Bulldogs


A little about me… I graduated with my PhD in August 2017. My doctoral thesis investigated the validity and application of radio-frequency sensors to quantify the match movement profiles of elite and junior-elite female netball athletes. I learnt R throughout my PhD and love the open-source, collaborative community! I still get excited at how data cleaning, analysis, visualisation and reporting can all occur in R.

Since late 2016, I have been a research scientist at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. My current role involves supervising postgraduate students, whom are working on a variety of projects including profiling athlete physical output using time-series analysis, detecing kick actions via wearable sensors and using tracking data to analyse tactical behaviour in team-sports. I also work with the Western Bulldogs, an Australian Rules football club who play in the Australian Football League (AFL).

I reguarly use R (and subsequent packages) to analyse, visualise and report on team-athlete performance data. The purpose of this blog is to highlight the capabilities of R as a data visualisation, analytical and exploratory tool for sport science and research. I often share issues that I encounter, as a researcher who works with many data sources and practical problems, in an applied sport setting.

Aside from completing research and using R, I enjoy running, reading, baking and spending time with my miniature dachshund, Dudley! I love being outdoors and grew up riding/ competing horses, so am a total equestrian nerd.

If you wish to reach out and ask a question about my research or blog, you can contact me via the mail button above. Happy coding in R!


  • PhD in Sport Analytics, 2017

    Victoria University, Australian Institute of Sport and Netball Australia

  • B.AppSc (Honours) in Human Movement, 2012

    Victoria University

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science/ Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management, 2011

    Victoria University


R Stats




Sport Science

Data Visualisation

Recent Posts

Thoughts on Data Visualisation in Sport Science

I have recently been reviewing and reading manuscripts, along with seeing many new sport science related visuals on Twitter/ blog …

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Using R to Analyse, Visualise and Report on Team-Sport Athlete Data

A talk on how to analyse sport science data in R.