Head of Human Performance

Harlequins Rugby Union

About John Dams


Originally from New Zealand, John Dams graduated from Otago University in 1998 with a BA in Physical Education. Having majored in Exercise prescription and management, he worked with Otago Rugby Union before moving to Wellington in 2000, where he was contracted by both Wellington Rugby and Wellington Cricket team. He joined Wellington Rugby full time in 2002, and then moved to Leicester to work with Leicester Tigers in 2004, after four years, John joined Harlequins in February 2008

Sharmain worked with Harlequins 1st team squad during the 2009-2010 season. Coming from the NHS she brought with her clinical weight management expertise as well as performance nutrition experience. She provided a different approach within sessions, one that helped the boys to explore their ambivalence to change and motivated them to focus on eating for performance. She was only required to work 1 day per week, despite this she was always available to support the team over email or telephone should they need it which helped them adhere to their goals. During the short time Sharmain worked with us she made a valuable contribution and impact on players performances.