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Circumstance, consistency and creativity: Problem solving to succeed

The Piwakawaka is one of New Zealand’s best known birds. Popular because of its distinctive fanned tail and loud song or perhaps because it’s...

5 reasons why a notebook is a young athlete’s best friend

Note-taking is an excellent skill to master and allows you to monitor your performance and improve faster in your sport. However, visit any youth sport...

Do you want to jump higher? Here’s how.

Do you want to jump higher? Would a little more speed off the mark help your game? There are some things you shouldn’t compromise on...

5 things parents can do to help their kids get more...

This sign has been doing the rounds on social media for a little while now. It’s proven to be very popular with a lot...

EP 33 – David Niethe – School Yard Bullying, Dreaming Big,...

Today’s conversation is with David Niethe. Dave helps many of New Zealand’s best athletes get the mental edge over their competition, including Lydia Ko,...

Is science making us stupid?

For 2 million years homo-sapiens roamed the earth as an insignificant animal, fighting for their survival. They were learners, yes, but they learned through...

EP 34 – Nathan Wallis – Harnessing the Human Stress Response,...

“You learn a lot more from the teacher you love than the teacher you’re scared of.” - Nathan Wallis Nathan Wallis is a gifted educator of...

Ep 73- Dougal Allan- Dreaming big, the art of reflection, and...

“I think I learnt from quite a young age that I was able to really become more reflective and make more sense of the...

Push play

Give a kid a skateboard, step back, and watch what happens. Very quickly they recognise the opportunity to play. To see what happens when they lean...

EP 32 – Matt Scorringe – Professional Surfing, Coaching Kids, and...

Matt Scorringe first represented New Zealand in Surfing in Bali at the age of 14. He went on to represent New Zealand in his...

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Debunking a common myth: Youth weight training

There are these common generational myths that have been passed down to us and it would be fair to say that we really don’t...

AD Alumni: Anna Steven

We're shining the spotlight on some of Athlete Development's alumni who are doing great things in their chosen sport. Meet sprinter Anna Steven, who...

Preparing for school and club sport

Now that school and club sports teams trainings and games are gearing up again, what can your young athletes do to better prepare for...

Pat Chat: Sleep enhancement for youth athletes

In the second of our three-part series,  AD Academy Programme Manager and Lead Coach Patrick Davenport focuses on the importance of sleep for the...

How can you build psychological safety?

When it comes to pursuing excellence, moving from where we are now to a place that is more effective, how we behave is what...