Kaupapa Kōrero Tauranga: The Tokyo Experience -  a round table discussion with Q & A

Kaupapa Tga
Date Wednesday 20 October 2021
Where University of Waikato, Tauranga, Durham St, Tauranga, Lecture Theatre, Level 2
Contact Joanna Kearney
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Please note that this event has changed from a live event to a recorded webinar. The webinar link will be available shortly.

Recently returned from the Tokyo Olympic Games, postgraduate students and staff from The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance share their experiences as support crew for New Zealand athletes, with special guest Brad Anderson, Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Olympian Black Ferns Sevens.

Chairs: Dr Kim Hébert-Losier and Dr Martyn Beaven, Senior Lecturers Te Huataki Waiora School of Health

Steve Fenemor - In 2018, Steve began a PhD at The Adams Centre for High Performance with the University of Waikato, HPSNZ, and NZ Rugby, specifically looking at heat management strategies for rugby sevens' athletes. This led to his current role as a performance physiologist at HPSNZ, where he was charged with preparing athletes, coaches and support staff for the hot and humid environmental conditions in Tokyo.

Conor McNeill - Conor began his PhD at The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance in 2018, researching eccentric-based training methods for team sport athletes. Since moving to New Zealand from the USA, he has been a strength and conditioning coach for the youth academy programme at the Adams Centre, and sport scientist with the Bay of Plenty Steamers. He was appointed as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the All Blacks Sevens in 2021, leading into the Tokyo Olympics.

Brett Smith - Brett is an academic at the University of Waikato and also works with various international and professional sporting teams across Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.  In Tokyo, Brett was a member of the successful Australian Olympic Rowing team but also worked with the Black Ferns and All Blacks rugby sevens teams from 2018 through to Tokyo. Brett has attended multiple Olympics and he will discuss his perspective of the unique challenges that Tokyo 2021 provided, and compare and contrast the different approaches to these challenges within the Australian and New Zealand Olympic programmes.

Brad Anderson (Special Guest) - Brad has been involved with professional rugby for over 12 years. He is currently the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Olympian Black Ferns Sevens. He completed his degree at AUT and began his rugby career through an internship with the Blues Rugby franchise. This led to working with Northland Rugby Union, followed by Auckland Rugby as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, and then the Black Ferns Sevens.

The 'Kaupapa Kōrero - little talks, big topics' lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is essential.