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Dr. Craig Harrison

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Craig’s passion is helping athletes become the best that they can be. In February 2014, Craig completed his PhD, with a focus on athlete development, at AUT University and has lead Athlete Development since 2010. In that time he has seen the programme grow from strength to strength.

What’s Your Child’s Biggest Challenge Right Now In Their Sport?

Sam is 15, a competitive swimmer. She loves her sport but despite all her hard work in the pool, she’s struggling to get better. I...

The Adjustable Basketball Hoop: How It Changed the Game for Young...

The home basketball hoop used to come standard. A rim, permanently bolted to a wall overhanging the driveway where anyone interested could play. However, the...

What is success? Really.

Self-doubt is debilitating. Every young athlete experiences it, some much more than others. Unfortunately, by way of environmental design, we (i.e., the adults involved) encourage...

The Youth Sports Coach and the Parent: Same Job, Different Context

The outcomes we hope for in our coaching are the very same outcomes we hope for as a parent. Specifically, a young person who...

EP 47 – Warrick Wood – Self-Determinations Theory and the Winter...

“It’s not about winning, it’s about pursuing something, it’s about working hard and mastering your craft.”   My guest on the show is Warrick Wood (@warrickwood)....

How To Train Balance – Video

Tag is a game for all ages - it never gets old. And when you add simple rules to stress a particular component of...

Balance: How to Jump Higher and Run Faster

In sport, athletic prowess matters. Subject to equal levels of skill, the fitter, faster, stronger athlete most often prevails. But it’s not only in...

EP 46 – Braden Currie – Hard Work, Developing Confidence, and...

My guest on the show today describes himself as “a self-motivated person, living in one of the world’s most amazing place, doing what I...

50 Questions Every Youth Athlete Should Ask Themselves

Asking good questions is an excellent way to assess your performance and become more in tune with what to focus on to get better. At...

More On The Gap: Navigating Puberty in Sport

The years of puberty are rough. A young athlete goes through an accelerated growth while transitioning from child to young adult that makes navigating sport...

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What’s Your Child’s Biggest Challenge Right Now In Their Sport?

Sam is 15, a competitive swimmer. She loves her sport but despite all her hard work in the pool, she’s struggling to get better. I...

5 Reasons Why Competition is Good (and bad) for your Child

What does the word ‘competition’ bring to mind? Is all competition a good thing? How do you distinguish between helpful competition and that which...

The Menstrual Cycle and How It Affects the Female Athlete

It’s well-known that sex differences between men and woman exist. Differences that affect your physiology. But what’s not so well known is how these differences...

Lessons from A Silver Fern

Guest Contribution: Anna Harrison - New Zealand Netballer. Another big year of Northern Mystics and New Zealand Silver Fern Netball commitments has come to an...

Eyad: Competitive swimmer, instructor, refugee.

Imagine being able to say that you have lived in three different countries, been coached by 15 different people and worked voluntarily just to...

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