Lab Manager and Teaching Fellow
I gained my undergraduate and masters qualifications at AUT, and have subsequently undertaken my PhD investigating the effects of nitrate supplementation on cycling performance. Having moved to Hamilton in 2014 I currently lecture and also lead the sports science provision for Avantidrome and Mt Maunganui sites. My exercise physiology service work with NZ Academy of Sport/High Performance Sport NZ included time with a number of endurance sports including Canoe Racing, Triathlon, Cycling and Yachting. I have developed extensive experience in measurement of both lab and in-competition performance as a result of my time working with these and other sports. My current research interests include the use of eccentric cycling to aid cycling performance and the assessment of metabolic rate to establish energy availability. My work with Ien Hellemans and Dr Judith May in identifying energy deficiency in several elite female athletes has encouraged me to look into using metabolic rate assessment as part of a baseline screen of all athletes in the high performance program, particularly those in endurance sports. In a professional capacity I would like to establish the University of Waikato as a key player in the provision of sports science services to elite level athletes based in the Waikato/BoP area.