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Born and raised in rural South Auckland, I journeyed down to Dunedin in 1976 to study Physical Education and discovered my new hometown. After 3 years of study in Canada and a number of years trying to adjust to life and work in Auckland, Dunedin eventually became our family’s permanent home in 1992. Married to Deb, a physiotherapist at Dunedin Hospital, we live with our two teenage children in Andersons Bay.

My career to date, has been an interesting adventure. On my return from Canada, I worked as an exercise specialist at an Auckland Sports Medicine Clinic, and was a partner in a fitness consultancy and exercise rehabilitation clinic. Work and leisure were closely linked when I served two seasons as the fitness trainer for the North Harbour rugby union, before moving back to Dunedin. Thanks to my work with Peter Thorburn, the North Harbour coach and All Black selector, I continued my rugby fitness work consulting with the NZ rugby union and the All Blacks in 1992 -1993, before shifting my academic emphasis to physical activity and health.

I research and lecture on Physical Activity and Health at the University’s School of Physical Education. I serve on various school and University committees, and have been a member and chairperson of a University Hall of Residence Council. I have been a member of Coaching New Zealand’s national executive, and spent time on the branch executives of the Auckland and Otago branches of Sports Medicine New Zealand. My latest role is as a trustee for the new Centre of Excellence for Amateur Sport.

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