Nicki Cooke, Principal Therapist

Our Principal Therapist, Nicki Cooke
Our Principal Therapist,
Nicki Cooke


  • In continuous practice since 1995
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • Diploma of Sports Injury Therapies
  • Certificates in Functional Assessment
  • Level II Sports Trainer
  • Lower Limb Mechanics Level One
  • Onsen Therapy Volume One
  • Cancer Massage and More
  • Natural Fertility Management
  • Level One Lymphatic Drainage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Advanced First Aid
  • Sports First Aid
  • Remote Area First Aid
  • Accredited Cricket Australia Coach
  • Professional Member, Sports Medicine Australia
  • Fellow, Australian Traditional Medicine Society
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Nicki’s interests

Blowfly Cricket

As Inaugural President of a new brand of cricket for kids with disability, Nicki developed health and first aid policy, and liaised with Cricket NSW.

Blind Cricket

As an accredited Cricket Australia Coach, Nicki has worked with the Aussie Blind Cricket Team and both the NSW and ACT Blind Cricket Teams. She has also worked as Team Therapist and Trainer.
In 2008 she was on the organising committee which hosted the Inaugural Australian Blind Cricket Ashes, and acted as Team Therapist for Australia. She also acted as Tournament Therapist for the 2010 Nationals in Sydney.

Nicki and Richie Benaud
Patron of the Inaugural Australian Blind Cricket Ashes 2008 Tour, Richie Benaud, meets Nicki Cooke

Wheelchair Sport

Since 1998 Nicki has provided remedial massage, sports injury therapy and first response to athletes with disability. With experience at Olympic, Paralympic and World Cup level, Nicki has also travelled to Paris for the French Open (Wheelchair) Tennis, and worked with the WheelBlacks and Australian Steelers at International level.


The last 20% of recovery from injury, accident or illness takes 80% of the time and effort. It is challenging for therapists and frustrating for clients. Often a cheerful word and a fun approach to rehab helps to change mindsets and break down psychological barriers to progress. Research in neuroplasticity cause and effect has resulted in significant improvements for clients.

Masters Sport

Working with Masters Athletes requires a lateral approach, and Nicki feels that athletes at elite level in Masters sport have the most to gain from her experience. Usually therapists aspire to work with young elite athletes so Masters is an area with a paucity of therapy options. Thus she has found a willing and motivated group.

Nicki at the Indoor Cricket Masters World Series, 2010
Nicki at the Indoor Cricket Masters World Series, 2010

Indoor Cricket

Both N.Z. and Australia have benefited from Nicki’s care. In South Africa in 2011, for Opens, and Masters Gold Coast for Australia, the teams under her watchful eye made a clean sweep of all 5 grades.
The N.Z. teams at Masters level took bronze, silver and gold in South Africa in 2013, and their Over 40 Men’s Team took Silver in the 2015 Australian Masters Championships.

Nicki Cooke went to Adelaide for the 2019 Australian Indoor Cricket Masters Championships, as Team Therapist for the New Zealand Central and Northern masters sides.

Outdoor Cricket

Nicki was Therapist for the New Zealand Over 50s Cricket team at the inaugural Over 50s Cricket World Cup in Sydney in 2018. She fulfilled the same role at the Over 50s Cricket World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa, in March 2020.


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Never felt so comfortable before.

I have been seeing Nicki for the last few weeks for back and leg pain. Never in my life have I ever felt so comfortable with a therapist before. I enjoy coming back every week and can not recommend her enough! See a video testimonial by Courtney.

Courtney T. Berowra IC Sports Therapies 19/02/2015

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Better than anyone else I have seen

Your impression of the facilities? “This is my first visit to your practice and I was warmly welcomed by Steve who offered me a glass of water, or a cup of tea! I felt very relaxed and hopeful that my aches and pains would be considered thoughtfully – a very Continue Reading

Lorna Rose East Lindfield IC Sports Therapies 18/08/2017

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I had not slept for 3 months

After suffering back problems since I was 12 (over 15 years) and going through the usual drama of GP to physiotherapist and back to heavy duty painkillers, I was at the point where I was considering surgery and possibly unable to carry my own children while pregnant. I had not Continue Reading

Lauren O. Sydney IC Sports Therapies 14/02/2015

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My neck released well

Nicki worked on my back and neck so that I could go on my adventure. The pressure on my neck felt quite strong but it released well. My neck is still holding up well even after my outback trip.

Sofie K Hornsby Heights IC Sports Therapies 02/09/2019

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Nicki “will fix it”.

Your impression of the facilities? New up-to-date techniques and equipment. The environment is clean and well presented. The staff are friendly and helpful. Were your expectations met by the therapist, the office staff, and the facilities? Yes, I feel comfortable and relaxed in Nicki’s care, knowing that Nicki “will fix Continue Reading

Julie M Hornsby Heights IC Sports Therapies 22/11/2019

Ben W.

The most qualified experienced and devoted therapist

As one of the top wheelchair athletes in tennis I have worked with Nicki on a weekly basis. She is the most qualified experienced and devoted therapist I have worked with. She shares an amazing passion and enthusiasm for her work and gets astonishing results.

Ben W. Strathfield IC Sports Therapies 29/03/2006


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