Date / Time: 31 Aug - 2 Sept
Venue: Queenstown

shem-webTwo academic staff members (Prof. Rich Masters and Dr. Matt Driller) and five students from the University of Waikato attended the annual Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand (SESNZ) conference this week in Queenstown. The conference was held in conjunction with Queenstown Research Week, which is New Zealand's premier annual biological sciences event, encompassing three major annual meetings; Queenstown Molecular Biology Meeting, Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research and NZ Medical Sciences Congress, plus six additional satellite meetings on a diverse range of themes. The 2015 Queenstown Research Week attracted over 1000 delegates from all over Australasia. This year was the first time that the University of Waikato had more than one delegate attend the SESNZ conference, with all 7 attendees delivering either an oral presentation or a poster. The University of Waikato's profile was high, with our post-graduate students winning the two major awards that were up for grabs.

tina-webShem Rodger won the best student oral presentation with his talk on "The effects of an oral ketone supplement on cycling performance and metabolism" and Tina Van Duijn won runner-up with her presentation entitled "Chipping in on the role of working memory in children's golf performance". Staff and students who attended the conference would like to acknowledge the support and encouragement received from the Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education and the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research. Given the strategic development of the sport sciences at the University of Waikato, our presence at these types of conferences, with staff and students presenting highest quality research, is essential and would not be possible without such support. In 2016, Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand will hold the annual conference at the Avantidrome in Cambridge, with the University of Waikato taking a lead in its organisation and delivery.