FOSTERING EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS & EXERCISE THROUGH EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

SESNZ OBJECTIVES

 

  • To promote, encourage and develop the proper use of exercise science and technology to improve the exercise, sport and health performance of New Zealanders;
  • To promote the importance of exercise for optimal sport performance and health;
  • To educate persons involved in sport and exercise in the principles of sport and exercise science and their appropriate applications;
  • To develop, promote and manage standards for individuals or agencies specialising in sport and exercise assessment and development programmes;
  • To promote SESNZ and the role of sport science in New Zealand sport and to take the lead in developing a nationally coordinated approach to integrating sport science into sport at all levels.

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Professor Nick Draper (Chair)

Professor Nick Draper (Chair)

Professor, College of Education, Health and Human Development, University of Canterbury

 

Dr Matt Driller

Dr Matt Driller

Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato, Hamilton

Professor Rich Masters

Professor Rich Masters

Professor, University of Waikato, Hamilton

 

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Nick is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Canterbury, where he specialises in the area of exercise physiology.  Prior to this Nick worked as a Head of Department in UK and NZ universities, while maintaining his research and teaching commitments. His research passions include performance improvement in athletics populations, improving health through physical activity and physical education and the physiology of rock climbing.  Nick’s grant income, in New Zealand and UK is over $5M from agencies such as HRC and Sport England.  Nick has worked outside of universities, as the performance planner for British Judo where he was involved in planning strength and conditioning programmes, sports science at major events (European and World competitions) and was a member of the team selection panel for all international events.   In 2000 Nick was Team manager for Judo at the Sydney Olympic Games and wrote training programmes for the several of the team members competing.  Nick was one of the founding members of the International Rock Climbing Research Association (www.ircra.rocks), which brings together coaches, clinicians, climbers and researchers in a multi-disciplinary forum to share ideas to improve knowledge and performance for the sport of rock climbing, which will become an Olympic sport in 2020 at the Tokyo Games.  Nick has previously helped to co-ordinate a SESNZ Conference at Christchurch in 2013 and remains committed to supporting the activities and further development of SESNZ.

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Dr Matt Driller joined the team at the University of Waikato in 2014. Matt completed his undergraduate qualifications in New Zealand, before relocating to Australia in 2006 where he completed his PhD in Sports Physiology. Matt worked at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport  (2006 – 2009) and the Australian Institute of Sport (2009 – 2014). During his time in Australia, Matt had extensive involvement with physiological/performance testing, research and exercise prescription over a range of sports spanning from age group/development athletes through to Olympic and Paralympic medalists. Matt has travelled with teams for National and World Championship competitions and was a Sports Physiologist for the Australian Paralympic Team at the London Games in 2012. Matt is involved with advising a number of sports and teams in New Zealand on sports science matters and specialises in recovery and sleep in elite athletes.

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Prior to taking up his current position at the University of Waikato in 2014, Rich was Director of the Institute of Human Performance at the University of Hong Kong. Before that, he lectured in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham, England. Rich holds a BSc (Hons) and an MA (in Psychology) from the University of Otago and a D.Phil (Experimental Psychology) from the University of York, England. He held a Universitas 21 Fellowship in 2005, gave the Dr Tom Anderson Memorial Lecture in Sport and Exercise Science in 2006, and has received Distinguished Scholar Awards from prestigious institutions, such as University College Dublin. He sits on the Health Panel for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) 2018 Quality Evaluation. Rich is interested in the psychology of human performance and is well known for his work in implicit (unconscious) motor learning. He has received in excess of NZD3.8M in grant funding for his research, which has been published extensively in disciplines that include the sport and exercise sciences, psychology, rehabilitation sciences, geriatrics, neuroscience, dentistry, speech sciences and surgery.

Professor Andrew Kilding

Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) Professor - Exercise Physiology

Mr Mark Drury

University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Dr Bussey

Dr Bussey

University of Otago and University of Saskatchewan

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My research interests are primarily focused on developing and assessing ways to enhance endurance (aerobic) performance – both in individual sports such as running, cycling and triathlon, but also in team sport athletes. I also have an interest in applying the principles of effective training strategies adopted by athletes to clinical and at-risk populations.

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Mark is currently the Head of Athletic Development at the University of Canterbury, overseeing the strength and conditioning training and also currently leading the National Strength and Conditioning Accreditation for Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand. While at the University of Canterbury he lectures the 300 level Strength and Conditioning for a Sports Performance paper and guest lectures for the Sport Science Masters programme. Mark has accumulated over 15 years strength and conditioning experience working in professional rugby, including Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Crusaders Super Rugby team, and for the Edinburgh Rugby Pro 12 team. In 2015 he received the Hadlee Sports Award for outstanding achievements in Sport Science, in recognition of the advancements made with the Crusaders strength and conditioning programme and the outcomes these were delivering. He has a Masters in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor of Physical Education from Otago University. Mark has provided numerous academic and practical focused workshops to strength and conditioning coaches and interns, and frequently provides presentations to large groups of professional players and younger academy players. He established highly successful and well-regarded strength and conditioning internship programmes with both the Crusaders and Scotland Rugby, with interns subsequently securing full time strength and conditioning employment. As the Master Trainer for Holmes Places Health Club (UK) he regularly ran tutorials and practicums for personal trainers in preparation for their advanced written and practical exams. He has overseen the design and development of the new Crusaders training facility, which is now considered a world class example, and designed the High Performance Sport New Zealand’s gym to be housed in the new Metro Sports Facility, Christchurch.

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Dr. Bussey is a researcher in Clinical Biomechanics, Chair of Graduate Research in the School of Physical Education Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Otago and an Adjunct Professor to the School of Physical Therapy in the University of Saskatchewan. She is originally from Canada where she studied Athletic Therapy and Sport Science before coming to NZ to complete her PhD in Biomechanics. Her specific research expertise is neuromuscular mechanisms for disturbed postural stability related to pain and recurrent injury. She is the co-author of the textbook “Sports Biomechanics: Reducing injury and improving performance” Routledge, 2013.
Dr Lynnette Jones

Dr Lynnette Jones

Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences

Vanessa Groome

Vanessa Groome

National Manager

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Dr Jones’s research are is in Exercise Oncology, with a specific focus on breast cancer.  Over the last three years, she has undertaken research in exercise and vascular health in survivors of breast and prostate cancer. Dr Jones established the Exercise Training Beyond Breast Cancer (EXPINKT™) programme in September 2009. This programme delivers individualised exercise prescriptions to individuals diagnosed with primary breast cancer.

Current and recent (within last 5 years) research projects involve ongoing quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the EXPINKT™ programme, investigation of the impact of chemotherapy on weight gain and metabolic syndrome in women diagnosed with primary breast cancer, and the use of circuit resistance training for patients and survivors of breast cancer.  Dr Jones has established a significant collaboration with the Dunedin Hospital Oncology Department.

Dr Jones has expertise in coordinating exercise research with interventions looking at the effects and benefits of exercise in various sectors of the population, including spinal injured males, overweight and obese women, elderly individuals, and pre-diabetic women.

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Vanessa takes pride in her role as National Manager and ensures that all needs of SESNZ members are met.  Her strengths are organising, listening and planning so the highlight of her year is the Annual Conference.  This also allows her to interact with SESNZ members and really get a feel for the direction of the organisation.  Vanessa is very excited about the future of SESNZ and the memorandum of understanding with ESSA and she looks forward to what this may bring, Nga mihi. She’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch.

Lifetime Members

Life Membership may be granted at the AGM, on the recommendation of the Board, to a member who has given significant sustained service to SESNZ. There are currently two life members:

Dr Mike Marfell-Jones

 

Dr Alan Walmsley

 

Student Board Members

The Student Board is led by Shaun Owen who emmigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand in 2016 from South Africa to take up a role as the Sport Scientist for the BNZ Crusaders and the Canterbury Rugby Football Union. In South Africa he studied through Stellenbosch University and was contracted as a Sport Scientist. Shaun completed a BSc (Honours) Sport Science majoring in Performance Sport and is currently undertaking his PhD in Sport Science. His primary focus is optimal load exposure and applying academic research in real-world environments.