Our Team

Dr Eloise Matthews

Dr Eloise Matthews


Dr Eloise Matthews is a Sport and Exercise Physician who specialises in the care of the young athlete.

She has a passion for keeping the community active, healthy and enjoying their chosen sport/exercise. She firmly believes in exercise as medicine.

Eloise has an interest in swimmers, endurance athletes and snow sport athletes.


  • BSc Psychology
University of Canterbury
  • MBBS
University of Wollongong
  • Diploma in Sports Medicine
University of Auckland
Australasian College of Sport and Exercise physicians.

Personal Sporting Pursuits:

Skiing, Snowboarding, Swimming, Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Kitesurfing.

Previous team sport medical cover:

  • Tactix netball team doctor
  • Silver Ferns netball team tour doctor
  • Australian women's soccer team Tour doctor
  • Australian Rules Football club doctor
  • Godzone adventure race doctor
  • Triathlon events
  • Equestrian events
  • Ice Hockey events

Dr Andrew Bell

Dr Lesley Nicol


Lesley is a specialist Sports and Exercise Physician, with a background in physiotherapy and elite sport.

While completing her degrees in Physiotherapy and Medicine, Lesley had a stellar career for the Silver Ferns. She played 110 tests, captained the team and won a Netball World Championships title in 2003. She was recently inducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Lesley has worked with top level teams including the Silver Ferns, Southern Sting and the Tactix. She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport prior to returning to SportsMed Canterbury. She has also provided expert recommendation to Drug Free Sport NZ, NZ Olympic Committee Board and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Her specialist interests include female sports medicine, adolescent and paediatric sports injuries and general sports medicine.

Dr Andrew Bell

Dr Andrew Bell

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar


Andrew moved into Sports Medicine in 2008 after 10 years in General Practice, he joined the Australian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians in 2016 and is currently in his 3rd year of the fellowship training programme.

Andrew’s team affiliations include

  • Canterbury Rugby ITM Cup Team in 2010 and 2011
  • Black Caps tours to Bangladesh, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India between 2013 and 2016
  • NZ Football team doctor to the FIFA Men's U-20 World Cup in Poland and also NZ Men’s U-23 team who have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • Christchurch Boxing / Combat sport

Andrew’s special interests include paediatrics in sport, frozen shoulders and exercise as medicine.

His personal sporting background includes Swimming and Surf Lifesaving (TMSLSC) and he enjoys tramping, going to the beach and working out with his family.

Sara Widdowson

Sara Widdowson

Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant

Sara Widdowson is our in-house Dietitian and Nutrition consultant, providing consultations on a Monday. Sara has been working as a Dietitian in Canterbury for 6 years with experience in both the public health and private health settings.

Sara has completed additional training in eating disorder recovery and body image work. She has a special interest in supporting athletes to recover from Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) and supporting young female athletes to achieve hormonal health while training in their sport of choice.

At Pinnacle Sports she has clients needing nutrition support for a variety of concerns including gut health (IBS), disordered eating, nutrition for training and food intolerances.

In her spare time you will find her trail running with her Springer Spaniel and training for South Island running events such as the great Kepler Challenge.

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