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Stone Skipping and Youth Sport: What can it teach us?

When I was 12 we took a family vacation to New Zealand’s South Island. We flew into Christchurch, picked up a rental car and...

Talk less. Listen more. The Importance of Family Support in Athlete...

“They didn’t really push me. They didn’t force me to do anything. But they still supported me in everything I did”. - World Champion...

Four Ways to Develop Better Athletes

The best coaches take the time to understand their athletes so that they can provide the best environment to help them succeed. 1) Understand your...

Learning About Movement: The Squat

Previously I’ve introduced the concept of fundamental movement skills as a critical cog in the athlete development wheel. The requirements of physical sports performance are unpinned...

Make sport fun.

What is fun? And why is it so important? Enjoyment is the number one reason athletes play sport. Yet creating an environment that is enjoyable...

Talent Identification: How we’re failing youth athletes

Early specialisation. It exists when a young athlete concentrates all of their efforts on a single sport, year round. And more and more, sports...

Top Tips for Men’s Health

Men – listen up, it is time to get healthy! According to NZ health statistics, at birth males already have a life expectancy of around...

How to learn faster and increase performance

Think back to when you were a kid. What did sport mean to you? A local primary school recently asked their students why they play sport....

Sacrifice vs. Choice

To sacrifice is to give something up for the sake of something else. However, the word comes with negative connotations. “That pizza all my friends...

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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...

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...

5 Reasons Why Competition is Good (and bad) for your Child

What does the word ‘competition’ bring to mind? Is all competition a good thing? How do you distinguish between helpful competition and that which...

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...

What makes sport fun?

The positive benefit sport can provide kids is highly dependent on one thing: continued involvement. If a child drops out, which evidence suggests is happening...

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