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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.

Beware the leaky bucket

The quickest way to fill your bucket of potential is to dump as much water as possible into the top. To find any old...

Control

Often, our job is not to teach a young athlete something new, but draw their attention to the familiar. In a recent workshop I ran...

Structure without control

Structure is the arrangement of the parts of something complex. It's found in nature, architecture, meaningful relationships, and an enriched learning environment. We need structure. It provides...

The law of gravity

On earth, gravity gives weight to our body, constantly pulling us down. Yet in many sports, success depends on overcoming it. We can fight against it,...

What is stress inoculation training?

On May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner took a small amount of fluid from a milkmaid's hand lesion and scratched it into the skin of...

Ash Barty – a quitter and a winner

At 15, she was the best junior player in the world. Two years later, she was a three-time doubles slam finalist. Then she quit tennis. Now, five...

EP 71- Tim Driesen – High Performance Athlete Development Leader at...

“You can rely on talent up until a certain time, whatever talent is, but it’s not going to make you the best in the...

Prioritise the process

There's no such thing as being time-poor. Rather, it's a misallocation of priorities. When the (seemingly) urgent takes precedence over the important. The result, is a...

EP 70 – Matt Hunter – Director of Youth Sports Performance...

“If you not keeping them around because your training sux, or you’re not a good guy to hang out with, then you don’t get...

Deliberate practice

Much has been said recently about the perils of early specialisation. In fact, an increasing body of evidence shows that doing too much of the...

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Making strides

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