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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.

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...

The importance of connection

Best I can tell, we all have difficulties in life. Difficulties as in: I let a goal in....

The Short Game

The Short Game, released in 2013, documents the lives of a group of young golfers and their chase towards World Championships glory....

Let the games begin

To meet the high-intensity demands of a competitive match, while at the same time withstanding fatigue, two things need to happen. First, your heart needs...

EP 69 – Amanda Stanec – Finding Joy in Physical Activity...

“Movement is truly the vehicle to teach the principles, to engage with others in joyful ways, to then problem solve and transfer that to...

Don’t sleep on sleep

Sleep is an essential nutrient of life. Such is its importance, an increasing body of evidence now links poor sleep to chronic disease, including obesity,...

EP 68 – Nick Levett– Becoming a More Aware Youth Coach

“As coaches, what we do is create environments that draw people’s attention to the things they need to consider, that will help them be...

The Most Effective Use of Talent

How we behave depends on what is important to us. When our goal is winning the U15 league this season, we pick the bigger, faster...

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Creating strong partnerships: The National Training Centre

AUT Millennium’s 50/50 partnership with AUT University in 2009 and subsequent partnership with High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) has brought together the very...

50 Questions Every Youth Athlete Should Ask Themselves

Asking good questions is an excellent way to assess your performance and become more in tune with what to focus on to get better. At...

Jacob’s Tips: Learning to swim as an adult

We spend time and money teaching our children how to swim in order to keep themselves safe in and around the water, but it's...

Long term Olympic hopes for NZ Synchro

Before heading to South America to compete internationally, we sat down with the coaching team of our national synchronised swimming squads, the AquaFerns and...

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