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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...

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,...

Do your athletes trust you?

Trust - It’s Not A Coach's Right It’s easy to think that an athlete’s trust is your right. But it’s not. It must be earned. Please...

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 43 – Jamie Tout – Fitter, Faster, Stronger Women Rugby...

My guest on the show today is Jamie Tout (@JamieTout). Jamie is the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Black Ferns, New Zealand’s senior...

Environment is Everything

The smell of the first XV training room on game day is distinct. Peppermint infused heat rub, lynx scented deodorant and old mud all...

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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...