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Next Olympic event: Improving faster than rivals – Mark Orams

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 24th, 2016.

As New Zealand’s Olympic athletes return with the most successful medal haul to date, AUT’s Professor Mark Orams writes in the NZ Herald about what it would take to improve for the next Games. An excerpt (read in full): Interestingly New Zealand’s most successful sporting code at the Rio Olympics, in medals won, was sailing. […]

Olympic exile fair response to state-led cheating – Prof Mark Orams

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 4th, 2016.

Keeping tabs on competitive advantage in sport is crucial to making sure competition is fair, writes AUT’s Professor Mark Orams in the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full): These issues evoke anger at the injustice involved, but is this response justified? In its essence, sport is a contrived human activity involving the invention of […]

WHO backs Olympics despite Zika letter – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 30th, 2016.

An open letter signed by almost 200 health researchers calls on the International Olympic Committee and World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on account of the risk posed by the Zika virus. The authors write: “WHO’s declaration of Zika as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” coupled with new […]

Gene doping in sport? – Morning Report

John Kerr posted in on July 24th, 2012.

For Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report, William Ray investigates the current and future possibilities of genetic manipulation to enhance performance in sport. You can listen to the audio below:

Inactive, ‘lazy’ New Zealanders in spotlight

John Kerr posted in on July 20th, 2012.

New research comparing national rates of physical inactivity has seen New Zealanders – ranked 27 out of 122 nations – labelled as ‘lazy’ by the media, but are we really that slack? A special series of articles published this week in the Lancet focussed on rates physical of activity around the world and explored interventions […]

‘Blame the Ref’ – psychology for the RWC

Kent posted in on September 8th, 2011.

Rugby is central to New Zealand’s sense of national self worth- but this can be a problem given New Zealand’s recent track record of not winning world cup contests, says Associate Professor of Psychology,   Marc Wilson, of Victoria University in Wellington. “We love our rugby,” he said in a public lecture at Wellington on September […]

New survey on sport and recreation

Amanda Johnson posted in on November 21st, 2008.

The 2007/08 Active New Zealand Survey published today, shows that large numbers of Kiwi adults are continuing to take part in sport and recreation. The survey, commissioned by Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), shows that on any given week 80% of adult New Zealanders participate in a sport or recreation activity. Data also showed […]

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