Great to welcome former New Zealand cricketer Jacob Oram to the Sport & Rugby Institute team
as the Business Development Manager.
Jacob represented NZ from 2001 – 2012 and over this period played in 33 Test matches, 160 one
day internationals, and 36 T20 internationals. Highlights included a Test century at Lords,
a T20 hat-trick and 3 World Cup tournaments (including 2 semi-final appearances). Jacob also
experienced the glitz and glamour of the Indian Premier League due to spells with Chennai,
Mumbai and Rajasthan.
As Business Development Manager at the SRI, Jacob will be focused on maintaining and building upon current relationships with schools, clubs, organisations and national/regional sporting associations, creating new opportunities, and sourcing new development options for not only the SRI but for the greater good of sport at Massey University.
2017 US Olympic Strength and Conditioning Symposium
Three days of talks and discussions throughout this symposium which were provoking, challenging and interesting. The great part about this was we all go to know each and every one of the 100 coaches throughout the conference with multiple breakout discussions and interactions both in the conference rooms and around the campus.
The Head US Olympic sports psychologist kicked things off with a fantastic ice breaker to get
us all acquainted. After a series of ‘challenges’ we were paired up with a complete stranger
and had three minutes to tell them about our role within sport, while they sat there in complete
After we switched roles we then had to
introduce our new buddy and tell the group what we learned
about each other. I was paired with Ben
who is the current England national football (soccer)
S&C. He shared some insights into
what it’s like to work with a squad of players who collectively
earn about 400 million pounds a year!
His path to the national team came from his prior role
with the UK women’s hockey team where
they won gold at the Rio Olympics. What a start to
Coach Maib from Texas University was the
first speaker at the conference. His talk was on Culture
as a cornerstone – building and
sustaining a championship culture. Firstly we’ve all heard
that everything is bigger in Texas –
well the University is living proof of that. 52,000
students attend Texas U so when a guy
who is the head of the Athletic department has something
to say it’s usually pretty
inspirational. The Texas Long Horns are one of the big four in
US NCAA football and he spoke in depth
about not only building culture but further developing
it so complacency doesn’t creep in. He
actually quoted the All Blacks in his speech and recognised
they are the leaders in this field. One
particular quote I liked was ‘the greatest threat
to tomorrow’s success is todays success’
– giving reference to some of the best teams he’s
worked with have slipped up and lost
crucial games because they felt they were ‘bigger than
Tracy Forber was the next speaker, an exceptionally talented lady who works as a top US Olympic
S&C, with a sports medicine background so is a fully qualified physio therapist. She showed
some amazing videos on how she got aerial skiers back from horrific knee injuries, as well
as the work she does with paralympians. I learned that a one legged paralympian can snatch
more than I can which was extremely humbling I can tell you.
Following this we had a couple of presentations regarding force plates, and another on reactive
strength assessment which created some great discussion around the group.
That night we had the opportunity to socialise over a few cold ones. Keeping them cold wasn’t a problem seeing that it had been snowing all day (even though the day before was 23C!)