Athlete Development

Athlete Development

EP 40 – Keven Mealamu – Growing up in Tokoroa, How...

"Growing up as a youngster, going onto the field, there were a couple of things my dad would always say, work hard today son,...

EP 39 – Ty Hollett, Ph.D. – Skateboarding Culture and Developing...

“One thing I love about skate culture is the desire to constantly progress. There’s a cataloguing of tricks, and therefore a recognition of growth...

What You Need to Know About Playing Up in Youth Sport

On Friday night, after a presentation I gave in front of a room full of sporting parents, I was asked a question about optimising...

6 Active Listening Techniques for a Coach or Parent

I’ve been lucky enough to interview many of New Zealand’s best athletes, both on the Athlete Development Show, and in the halls of AUT...

EP 38 – Camilla Knight, Ph.D. – Developing Confidence, Managing Stress,...

“Knowledge is power. If parents have knowledge of what their kids are trying to achieve, they have a much better opportunity to support them.” Today’s...

Less Hustle, More Precision: Why the Best Athletes Focus On Skill

There’s a deep-rooted belief in youth sport that training should leave you sore, red faced and out of breath. A belief that the fittest...

EP 37 – Eddie Kohlhase, MNZM – Humility, The Art of...

“What I’ve learnt as a parent, and as a coach, is that my role is to teach them to work it out. Because I’m...

EP 36 – Adam Price, Ph.D. – The Unmotivated Teenage Boy...

“The child is running the race, but it’s the parent’s job to make sure they stay on the track.” Today on the show I’m chatting...

Relationships Are More Important Than Gold Medals

The golden sand of Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula was my summer haven growing up. My days were spent swimming, fishing, diving and...

EP 35 – Nicolas Gill, Ph.D. – Coaching the All Blacks,...

“It’s not about how sore you become, or about how hard you’ve pushed yourself into a hole, it’s about the value you’ve added to...

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EP 50 – Nathan Parnham – Coaching Kids in the Gym

My guest on the show today is Nathan Parnham (@nathan_parnham). Nathan is the conditioning and rehabilitation coach and the head of athletic development at...

Listen and Learn: The power of knowing your athlete

In episode 27 of the Athlete Development Show, I spoke with Mystics and Silver Ferns defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson. On the show, I asked Michaela...

EP 49 – Sam & Ben O’Dea – NZ’s Beach Volleyball...

“Right from the start mum has always felt that cooking good food for us is something she could do to make a big difference…...

EP 48 – Paul Tupou-Vea – Leadership and Wellbeing for Youth

“It’s about becoming a young person who’s aware of themselves and the world and starting to think about what they do with that.” My guest...

The Bank of Confidence: What to Deposit for Sporting Success

Confidence is impossible to touch. Unlike speed, which can be easily measured, confidence is intangible. However, defined as one’s belief in their own abilities,...