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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.

Optimising the output?

Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Greeks incorporated competitive sport as a central part of their culture. Over time, it became increasingly organised and regulated....

The Story of Culture

The school team. The club team. The courts down the street. The private academy. Every environment comes with a story. A story of the beliefs and behaviours of...

EP 63 – Will Roberts and Danny Newcombe – Physical Literacy,...

Today on the show I’m joined by Will Roberts (@w_roberts6) and Danny Newcombe (@dannynewcombe). Will and Danny spend considerable time thinking about how best...

When esteem is tied to achievement

Our experiences determine how we see the world. What we value, think is right and wrong, and what we believe is best for the...

Barriers to your athlete’s A game

Every sport has unique movement demands. Take basketball, for example. Here is a list of the physical skills required to play the game: Jump Sprint ...

EP 62 – Richie Patterson – Where Strength Comes from

"The excitement I get as coach far exceeds what I get as an athlete. To help others push their boundaries and overcome obstacles is...

How winning gets in the way of development

Sporting success relies on three important qualities. The first is speed of implementation. In the heat of the battle, acting quickly, almost without thinking, can...

Ego vs task

How we perceive our environment makes a huge difference to how we learn and strive in the world. Take persistence, for example. An essential characteristic...

The Spice of Life

For so long we’ve been told that to get better you need to train hard. That the one who turns up every day and...

EP 61 – Todd Beane – The TOVO Approach to Maximising...

Todd Beane (@_ToddBeane) is Founder of TOVO, an educational approach dedicated to improving the cognition, competence and character of young footballers. TOVO runs a...

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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...

Optimising the output?

Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Greeks incorporated competitive sport as a central part of their culture. Over time, it became increasingly organised and regulated....

Not your regular holiday programme

A refreshed Athlete Development Holiday Academy programme was a success over the summer, with 30 keen young athletes enjoying movement-based activities for an action-packed...

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...

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