FOSTERING EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS & EXERCISE THROUGH EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
- 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, College of Education, Health and Human Development, University of Canterbury
Dr Matt Driller
Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Professor Rich Masters
Professor, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Dr Glynis Longhurst
Principal Academic Member, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Wintec
Mr Kim Gaffney
Massey University, Wellington
University of Otago and University of Saskatchewan
Dr Lynette Jones
Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
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.
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.
Shaun immigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2016 to take up a role as the Sport Scientist for the BNZ Crusaders and the Canterbury Rugby Football Union. Prior to this he was based in South Africa, studying through Stellenbosch University and contracting 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.
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.