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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 lead Athlete Development from 2010 to 2019.

More instead of better?

As a young athlete it’s easy to get caught up watching the professionals. They make the game look so easy. The Sonny Bill Williams’...

5 minutes late, again.

“But coach, it’s only 5 minutes, I slept in.” You’re right, it is only five minutes. Is punctuality really that important? The thing is that...

3 Ways to Better Engage with your Athletes

1. Always greet your athletes with an open ear We’re often so invested in getting the content of our session out that we treat our...

Difference between good and great

Recently I attended the sports awards dinner for a local high school. I missed another that same night, and will be heading along to...

The Natural, The Thinker and The Hustler

Have you ever wondered why some athletes appear to engage much more in certain types of exercise and activities than others? Consider an athlete...

Love Sport and Science? 3 exciting career options you’ll be interested...

My final two years at secondary school were an exciting time in my life. I was having great success in my sport as a...

AD in the media: Challenge yourself to be the best you...

Achievement at Athlete Development looks a little different to common perceptions of the word. Being on time to academy for a whole month, performing...

3 steps to becoming elite

Over the past 10 weeks I’ve been helping 10 top athletes from a local school take the next step up to elite performance. We...

3 Tips for your Athletes

Find Positive Influences It’s pretty hard to be successful on your own. It would be almost impossible to find a successful athlete who doesn’t have...

Your development as an athlete starts here – 4 areas to...

The best athletes I know have a deep awareness of themselves. They’re realistic of their own abilities, they understand their strengths and weaknesses, they...

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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...

A pain in the backside

A pain in the buttock can be exactly that – a pain in the butt. It can interfere with exercise, sleep and hobbies, and...

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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