The Sport and Rugby Institute provided the backdrop for a recent Massey University photoshoot for its programmes available to students studying around the world. As you can see, a great day for photos as the models were fantastic and the SRI looked amazing.
The Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute was excited to host the 2017 Innovate Competition Finals last week. Congratulations to everyone involved in the whole event, especially the 2 major winners; Paul Simpson and Steph Buckeridge, and well done to the BCC for another outstanding event!
Congratulations to Adam James Rapson for winning Kurt Bakers Manawatu Turbos training jersey. Thanks to everyone who entered the SRI’s competition and another big thanks to Kurt for donating the jersey to the Sport and Rugby Institute.
The Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute is excited to welcome Central Football - Manawatu to the SRI. It’s great to have other sporting organisations part of the team here at the Sport and Rugby Institute and we look forward to a productive future ahead!
Beautiful day on Massey University’s Manawatu campus. With the Manawatu Community Athletics Track in the foreground, the Sport and Rugby Institute behind that, and the multitude of football and rugby posts on the main campus fields, there’s plenty on offer in sport & recreation at Massey.
Perfect day for a round of golf at the Manawatu Golf Club sponsors day. Denis, James and Jacob from the #SportandRugbyInstitute teamed up with Brad Cassidy from Sport Manawatu, but unfortunately Team SRI fell outside the medals.
Here is the team before teeing off on the SRI-sponsored 5th hole.
Congratulations to Feilding High School athlete Jack Lewer for winning the Supreme Boys Award at the Sport Manawatu Secondary School Sports Awards. The Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute is proud to be associated with this awesome local sporting event, and #SportandRugbyInstitute Business Development Manager Jacob Oram was on hand to present Jack his award
The Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute is excited to see Brendon Hartley’s rise to the F1 driving ranks. When in Palmerston North, Brendon trains at the #SportandRugbyInstitute under lead strength & conditioner James Amon, so James was recently interviewed on Radio Sport NZ to give an insight into what makes Brendon tick. Check the interview out on the link below……..
The Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute was proud to host the annual awards for, and 25th anniversary of, the Massey Sport Management and Coaching Programme. The function also doubled as the bi-monthly Sport @ Massey forum which updates all sporting opportunities, initiatives and developments within sport at the university. Busy day at the SRI and thanks to all who attended!
National 1st XV Championships: An Awesome weekend!
Congratulations to Hastings Boys' High School, St Peter's School, Cambridge, New Zealand, and St Mary's College, Wellington for winning the boys, co-ed and girls titles respectively, at the NZ Barbarians National 1st XV Championships. Well done to everyone - players, coaches, administrators, volunteers, organisers, supporters, parents, and sponsors - who made the event an awesome weekend of rugby at the Massey University #SportandRugbyInstitute.
NZ Black Ferns 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Champions
Massive congratulations to the NZ Black Ferns for winning the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup yesterday. The Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute is proud to be a training base for the Black Ferns, and especially proud of Manawatu representative and fitness centre member, Selica Winiata, for her 2 tries in the final against England.
In early September the SRI will again host the NZ Barbarians National 1 st XV Rugby Championships.
Last year was such a success that girls-only colleges will be added to the list of competitors.
They join the boys-only, and coed colleges who participated last year. In 2016 Mount Albert
Grammar took out the boys final, while Feilding High School won the co-ed championship. To
find out who wins this year, and to watch the next generation of rugby stars showcase their
skills, come along to the SRI between September 7-10.
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 @ Massey University.
Inside the US Olympic Training Centre, Colorado Springs USA
2017 US Olympic Strength & 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!)
Our purpose built Indoor Green Room recently underwent a complete transformation.
Over the space of a week, the floor surface was removed and replaced with a brand new surface,
made from the highest specification product, installed with a shock pad underfoot which will
meet the current World Rugby Regulation 22.
Made from Melos EPDM Bionic Fibre, it is virtually odourless in comparison to the SBR rubber
we previously had.
The infill is the first time a green coloured product has been used in New Zealand with Polytan
having installed 19 of the last 25 fields in Australia with EPDM Bionic Fibre.
One of our most sought after spaces, the Green Room is a unique space that our clients love to
use, and no doubt they'll be making of the most of transformation.