Leading thinkers and doers in sport will be in Palmerston North to talk at the New Zealand Sports Performance Conference, 5-7 November.
From building and changing team culture, to how to manage sleep to improve performance, through to how to best prepare for the American Scholarship dream, the conference will consider all aspects of Sports Performance.
Speakers come from a vast array of sporting backgrounds and will discuss issues of importance to health, wellbeing and performance in sport.
- Trevor Shailer, deputy Chef de Mission to the New Zealand team at the Rio Olympics and bronze medallist at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.
- Gary Hermansson, New Zealand Team Psychologist at five Commonwealth Games and five Olympics, including Rio.
- Kathryn Phillips who has supported New Zealand’s elite performance athletes and coaches to success at Olympic, World and Commonwealth championships. Kathryn is a Sports Scientist for the New Zealand Cycling Team.
- Ryan Somers, a National Scouting Director and College Recruiting Expert for the NCSA (National Collegiate Scouting Association) in America. They help students connect with college coaches and identify scholarship opportunities for students wishing to succeed in the classroom and in their sport.
- Alex McKenzie manages the Coach Accelerator Programme at High Performance Sport New Zealand. Graduates from the programme include Steve Hansen (All Blacks Head Coach), Mike Hesson (Black Caps Head Coach) and Janine Southby (Silver Ferns Head Coach). For over 20 years Alex has been a mental skills consultant to numerous athletes and teams.
The conference will consider topics of relevance to all sport codes and is open to anyone interested in exploring best practice, listening to real-life stories and asking questions of those at the pinnacle of their sporting endeavours.