Otago Polytechnic

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Anna Chan
Administrator Anna.Chan@op.ac.nz

  Kate Clapham-Dorjee
Administrator Kate.ClaphamDorjee@op.ac.nz

General school administration for Sport and Adventure
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Head of Department

  Megan Gibbons
Acting Deputy Chief Executive Learner Experience Megan.Gibbons@op.ac.nz

Megan is the Head of College of Te Ohu Ora (Sport, Massage and Occupational Therapy) and supervises postgraduate students. Megan joined Otago Polytechnic at the beginning of 2007.

Megan has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, and is the recipient of a National Award in Excellence in Tertiary Teaching. She is a New Zealand Athletics coach, and well recognised within Otago Sport.

Publications and Research

Eley, P; Middlemas, S; Gibbons, M (2017) The Springin2it Project 2010-2015. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Health & Wellbeing, Activity, 1. 142-148. www.thescopes.org

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Ash Rohloff
Lecturer Ash.Rohloff@op.ac.nz

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David McQuillan
Lecturer/Programme Coordinator David.McQuillan@op.ac.nz

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  Gary Barclay
Principal Lecturer Gary.Barclay@op.ac.nz

Gary’s areas of interest are health, exercise and sport psychology, and the influence that knowledge and skill development can have on performance. Gary has a Master of Physical Education (Sport Psychology - with Distinction), a Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching.

Gary has consulted with a wide range of athletes, teams and performing artists, from club level through to those Masters international competition, to help them achieve peak performance in their fields. He has a particular interest in the relationship between exercise or physical activity and mental health and wellbeing, including recovery from serious injury. He is also interested in the development and transfer of life skills between sport and other life environments.

Publications and Research

Barclay, G. & Middlemas, S. G. (2017) I’m Screwed: A Client's Perspective on the Influence of ‘Schema’ in Response to and Recovery From Serious Injury Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, December 2016 Vol 26 (2) pp. 25-34.

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  Geoff Simons
Senior Lecturer Geoff.Simons@op.ac.nz

I have been involved in organising sporting events since 1980's and this includes three University Games as Event Manager. I have been Sport Liaison Coordinator for the NZ Masters Games for the last seven times in Dunedin. I organise the annual SI Junior Rugby Tournament for under 15 teams and the annual Girls Rugby Festival in Oamaru. All events that give students a chance to gain practical experience. Currently involved in rugby and lawn bowls administration at various levels.

Publications and Research

Simons, G. & Adams, L. (2017) Significance of Birth Dates of NZ National Rugby Players (All Blacks) - a comparison of the professional and amatuer eras. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Health and Wellbeing, 1, Activity, 164-170. www.thescopes.org.nz

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  Hayden Croft
Acting Head of Programmes Hayden.Croft@op.ac.nz

Hayden is Academic Leader for the Performance Analysis postgraduate programme. Hayden’s expertise lies in a variety of areas all focused on advancing coaching through the use of innovative technologies and performance analysis. This has included work with the All Blacks, Highlanders, Otago Rugby, Oceania Rugby and Southern Steel Netball.

A winner of the Innovation in Sport category at the 2015 Otago Sports Awards Hayden currently manages performance analysis with the Southern Steel netball team (2012-present) and the Otago ITM Cup rugby team (2013-present). He has a Master in Physical Education (Biomechanics) and a Bachelor in Physical Education (Sports Science Prescription), both from the University of Otago.

He is currently working on his PhD (Performance Analysis) at AUT, which focuses on guiding coaches through large data sets, as well as holding the interim Chairperson position with the NZ Performance Analysis Working Group. Hayden provides immersion style learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Publications and Research

Middlemas,S., Croft, H. and Watson, F. (2017) Behind closed doors: The role of debriefing and feedback in a professional rugby team. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 0(0), Available online 7 Nov 2017. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954117739548

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Helen McDermott
Lecturer Helen.McDermott@op.ac.nz

Kim Park
Senior Lecturer Kimberly.Park@op.ac.nz

Laura Munro
Lecturer Laura.Munro@op.ac.nz

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  Markham Brown
Lecturer Markham.Brown@op.ac.nz

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  Mat Blair
Principal Lecturer Mat.Blair@op.ac.nz

Matt is Academic Leader for postgraduate studies in the Strength and Conditioning speciality. Matt has a Masters in Physical Education from the University of Otago and Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching from Otago Polytechnic.

Matt has led the development of new undergraduate programmes in Personal Training and Physical Conditioning as well as the postgraduate programme in Strength and Conditioning. In 2014 Matt was awarded an OP Excellence in Leadership. His passion is with physical activity and nutrition, especially conditioning for elite-level athletes. Matt has his own consultancy business working with World Rugby. He has experience in postgraduate supervision, taking a student-led approach and encouraging creative thinking.

Publications and Research

Blair, M. Elsworthy, N., Rehrer N., Button C., Gill N., Kraak W. (2018) Physical and physiological demands of elite Rugby Union officials. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 13 (9), 1199-1207, doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2017-0849.

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  Richard Humphrey
Principal Lecturer Richard.Humphrey@op.ac.nz

Richard is Academic Leader for the postgraduate programme in Exercise and Health, and Chair of the Otago Polytechnic Research Ethics Committee. Richard has a Master of Science (Exercise Health and Nutrition) and a Master of Philosophy (Exercise Nutrition and Public Health), both from the University of Bristol.

Richard’s research interest is in the therapeutic use of exercise. His teaching includes research methods, exercise and health related topics and the research projects on the undergraduate degree. His approach to supervision is holistic and focussed on social science projects with a health component.

Publications and Research

Spenceley, K. & Humphrey, R. & Lingam-Wilgoss, C. (2017) Defining Ultra-Endurance: a survey of athletes and coaches to achieve a consensus definition. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Health and Wellbeing, Activity, 1. 171-179.

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  Sarah Sellar
Senior Lecturer Sarah.Sellar@op.ac.nz

Sarah has been teaching in the outdoors for the last ten years and worked or volunteered on six different continents. This has included helping a fledgling dance group in a township in Zimbabwe, abseiling students off a castle in Wales and managing the unusual event of tramping up an erupting volcano in Nicaragua. She has worked for various companies including Hillary Outdoors where she spent three summers on Great Barrier Island. She holds a degree in Environmental Management, a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education and a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice. She also holds NZOIA level 2 Bush, level 1 Rock with Sport Endorsement, level 1 Sea Kayak, Avalanche 1 and Pre-hospital Emergency Care (PHEC).

Publications and Research

Sellar, S. & Middlemas, S. (2017) Incorporating sustainability into overseas travel for physical activity students. Scope Contemporary Research Issues, Health & Wellbeing, 1, Activity, 106-116. www.thescopes.org

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  Simon Body
Lecturer Simon.Body@op.ac.nz

Currently teaching on the Bachelor of Applied Science and in the postgraduate Strength & Conditioning stream, Simon has previously been a professional tennis coach for 18 years, working with juniors in Dunedin, Christchurch and Melbourne. He’s also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for three international rugby teams, including the Fiji 2015 World Cup squad.

“The first game was against England before a crowd of 82,000 at Twickenham, which was just incredible – it was an awesome feeling to walk into that environment. Playing Australia and Wales in front of the vocal crowds at Cardiff was also a moving experience.”

His roles have included gym- and field-based conditioning and monitoring – often using GPS technology – and fostering players’ overall wellness.

“I thoroughly enjoy the teaching and coaching aspects of my roles and the commitment to experiential learning here at OP. And the professional development opportunities here are outstanding.”

Simon has a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Otago (1997) and completed the Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning at Otago Polytechnic (2011). He is currently completing his Masters in Professional Practice, investigating movement dysfunctions and possible movement corrections and their relationships with strength and conditioning.

Publications and Research

Blair, M. Body, S. Croft H. (2017) Relationship between physical metrics and game success with elite rugby sevens players. Journal International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, Published online 11 July 2017 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24748668.2017.1348060

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  Simon Middlemas
Principal Lecturer Simon.Middlemas@op.ac.nz

Simon is the programme leader for the Master of Applied Science and Research Coordinator at the Otago Institute of Sport Adventure (Otago Polytechnic). Following a BA (Hons) in Sport Studies at Northumbria University, in the UK, Simon completed an MSc in Sport Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University. He followed this with PhD in Sport Psychology at Loughborough University, focused on the use of video feedback in the psychological preparation of elite youth football players and coaches.

Simon has worked as a sport psychology consultant within elite and development sport, including for Otago Rugby Football Union and a previous roles with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), Britain (GB) Swimming, GB Volleyball/Beach Volleyball, England Netball, The British Equestrian Federation and the English Football Association. He is a Health and Care Professionals Council registered Psychologist (Practitioner), and has attended the Olympic (Beijing, London), world, European and Commonwealth Games as a practitioner. Simon’s current research interest include the psychological factors underpinning video feedback delivery in sport, the working conditions of sport scientists and the expectations of tertiary education students.

Publications and Research

Middlemas, S. (2018) Behind Closed Doors: The role of Debrieng and feedback in a Professional New Zealand Rugby Club. Oral presentation at 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science between 4 - 7 July 2018 in Dublin - Ireland.

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Stefan Austin
Lecturer Stefan.Austin@op.ac.nz

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

  Adain Summerfield
Senior Lecturer Adain.Summerfield@op.ac.nz

Adain Summerfield
Programme Manager and Senior Lecturer
Adain is the Programme Manager for the Personal Training and Exercise Prescription major within the Diploma of Applied Sport and Exercise Leadership. Adain joined the OISA team in 2002 and teaches in the areas of exercise physiology, exercise prescription and Personal Training practise. He Has a Bachelor's of Physical Education and is studying towards completion of a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.
Email: adain.summerfield@op.ac.nz

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Brendon Timmins
Principal Lecturer Brendon.Timmins@op.ac.nz

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Jo Morrison
Lecturer Jo.Morrison@op.ac.nz

  Peter Bilous
Principal Lecturer Peter.Bilous@op.ac.nz

Peter is the Programme Manager for our Avalanche Risk Management & Snowsport Instructing Programmes. He is qualified in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics, but changed career path after many years to work in the mountains as a ski instructor, ski patroller and ski guide before moving on to teaching. He is a fully qualified national and international (NZSIA and ISIA) Telemark Ski Instructor Examiner and past National Divisional Director, Technical Director and NZSIA Executive Committee Member. He was selected to represent New Zealand for 3 consecutive Interski demonstration events in Norway, Switzerland and South Korea.

Continuing to test theory and practice, Peter prioritises being current in industry and actively ski guides and avalanche forecasts around the globe. He is experienced in maritime to continental snowpacks from Alaska to the Himalaya, Japan to Canada and USA to NZ.

Peter has completed a New Zealand adult teaching qualification and has been well recognised for his efforts in the field of teaching. He was cited for an Otago Polytechnic Teaching Award in 2009 and the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching National Award in 2011. Peter is also very active in the area of mountain and avalanche safety. In fact, risk management is central to his teaching & guiding; he teaches all clients and students to understand the risks posed by the mountains, and how to mitigate those risks.

He considers himself very fortunate to have the worlds largest whiteboard - the mountains, to share his passion for the mountains. Peter believes in maximizing the fun factor out there such that we can return and do it all again.

  Peter Eley
Senior Lecturer Peter.Eley@op.ac.nz

Peter Eley is currently the program coordinator for the outdoor education programs based at the Central Campus, Cromwell, Otago Polytechnic . He has been involved in the outdoors for over 20 years, working across continents before settling in New Zealand. You mainly find him in a boat or more recently on a bike. He holds national and international qualifications in kayaking, tramping and sea kayaking .

Phil Edwards
Principal Lecturer Phil.Edwards@op.ac.nz

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  Roger Southby
Principal Lecturer Roger.Southby@op.ac.nz

Roger Southby

Roger began working at the OISA in 2005. He has had a long involvement in sports from his playing days through to administration and coaching. Team Manager for the NZ Badminton team for 2009- 1014 including Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Whyte Trophy series, 2012 and 2104 Oceania championships, Thomas and Uber Cup qualifying tournament. Selector for Badminton NZ since 2009. High performance coordinator august 2013- June 2014. Roger has been actively involved with various Otago Polytechnic working groups such as Academic Approvals Committee, involvement with the new student management system, assessing work readiness, high performing teams, learning spaces design team. Roger has also been involved on the working party for Sport and Recreation for the Tertiary Review of Qualifications. Previous employment has been as teacher (secondary and intermediate level), a sport development coordinator for Sport Otago and regional manager for Netball Otago. He has a keen interest in assisting people with their coaching careers and has been involved with coach mentoring programmes with Badminton New Zealand.
Email: Roger.southby@op.ac.nz

Support Staff

  Kathryn Van Der Vliet
Placement Coordinator Kathryn.vanderVliet@op.ac.nz

My role as Placement Coordinator involves building and maintaining key industry relationships and connecting Bachelor of Applied Science students with local, National and International providers for placement opportunities. Also assisting and supervising the development of wellness programmes.