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A PASSION FOR PADDLING

I was born alongside my twin sister in Hamilton hospital on August 9, 1993. My three sisters and I moved north with my parents when I was merely 3 years old. We were raised in a small rural settlement called Broadwood. The lush native bush, abundant swimming spots, farmland and no significant cell phone reception made it a prime location to grow up with a rough tolerance for the wilderness and respect for the natural environment. After kohanga reo (Maori preschool) my twin sister and I joined our older two sisters, Hannah and Rose, at Broadwood Area School (Kura o...

Culture and Te Reo

I am a mix of Maori and NZ European decent. I started school at the age of 5 in an all Maori speaking classroom before I went on to an English primary and high school. Although I lost a lot of my reo when I transitioned to English schools I picked up a few Maori papers at university to brush up on my te reo Maori. Although I do not practise as much as I’d like to, I am still very proud of my Maori heritage and grateful for the knowledge and teachings that have been given to me from...

Preparation is key to travelling and paddling abroad

Overseas trips for paddling make up 99.9% of my total trips abroad. Out of the countless trips to Tahiti, Hawaii, California, Brazil, Australia, Rarotonga, New Caledonia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, I can say I’ve only ever been on one non-paddling associated trip to Thailand, and even then I stressed about not paddling the entire time. Fortunately for me a lot of my trips happen towards the middle and end of the year, which gives me the first few months to train and prepare a good base before heading overseas for races. The hardest part about traveling frequently abroad is the...

Adding Value To The Technique Toolbox

Delivering coaching clinics is a unique skill that gets better with practise, the same way training for a paddling event does. Paddling is a constant learning process which means the way we teach is forever changing too. It’s that dynamic that I find myself learning as I’m teaching, learning better ways to get my information across or finding better ways to drill a person into improving their technique. My latest theme of teaching has been, rather than showing someone the ‘correct’ technique, I am instead adding to their tool box or weapon accessory of techniques which they can draw upon...

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Does Body Composition effect performance?

I explore this question in a couple of ways. If you put aside the actual physiological characteristics that lie within the muscle itself (the endurance, strength, speed or power you might have already adapted in the muscles) and just focus on body composition in terms of body weight (mass), body fat, size or height, then there are advantages to manipulating body composition. One of them is the improvement of your relative VO2MAX.. an absolute VO2MAX measurement is the maximum amount of oxygen your body can utilise under strenuous activity (specific to a sports movement) measured in Litres per minute (L/min). Everyone...

Sports periodization

Sports periodization is the systematic planning of training with the goal of peaking the performance of an athlete or team for a specific event. Periodization training breaks up your overall training cycle in into different phases that each focus on developing something different. My training has followed this basic concept since I first discovered it at university over 6 years ago using periodization to plan my training cycles in preparation for important paddling races during the year. This all depends on how many important races you have and how much time you have which sometimes means sacrificing non-important races for...