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Relay - 10 June 2011

Highlights in this edition:

  • Sports Development: a new sports organisation governance model from the UK;
  • Sports Medicine: what every coach needs to know about sports injuries and depression;
  • Active Communities: best practice water management advice for aquatic centres;
  • Young People: using the Olympics to increase schools engagement in sports activities.

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In this Relay


Sport and Recreation Earthquake Leadership Group joins forces on recovery – 25 May 2011
Sport Canterbury West Coast, Christchurch City Council and SPARC have joined forces to help coordinate efforts to deliver sport and recreation in post-quake Canterbury. Key people from these three organisations started to work together soon after the February earthquake, so there could be a coordinated response to the recovery of sport and recreation in Canterbury. (SPARC)

High Performance Sport

Olympics may fail to spark increased UK sport participation – 1 Jun 2011
The 2012 London Olympics may fail to spark increased UK public participation in sport, new research suggests. The government hopes hosting the games next year will result in more people taking up a sport or becoming physically active. But a new study of the 2004 Athens Games provides evidence that the effect of the Games on sustained participation in sport is open to doubt. (International Sport and Culture Association)

Social networks and the Olympic movement – June 2011
The Olympic Studies Centre director at Barcelona University, Dr. Emilio Fernández Peña, recently presented the findings of the research project “Social networking and the Olympic movement: social media analysis, opportunities and trends". (Olympic Studies Centre)

First 2012 Olympics test events successfully completed – 31 May 2011
The marathon and race walk test events, the first events in London 2012 Olympics sports testing programme, took place in central London recently. The events focused on the timing and technology elements of operations, as well as ensuring race management and logistics are on course ahead of next year’s Games. (London 2012)

South Africa to bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games – 2 Jun 2011
South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee chief executive Gideon Sam has confirmed South Africa intends to bid for the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games. Previously the government pulled the plug on hopes of an Olympic 2020 summer Games bid, so the National Olympic Committee is turning its focus on a smaller, less expensive and more containable event. (

Sports Development

IRB appoints new Chief Medical Officer – 7 Jun 2011
The International Rugby Board has underscored its commitment to driving forward global rugby player welfare best-practice with the appointment of leading sports physician Dr Martin Raftery as its Chief Medical Officer. (International Rugby Board)

Charter of Women's Rights in Sport presented at European Parliament – 2 Jun 2011
Partners of the Olympia Project presented the 'Charter on Women's Rights in Sport' at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The charter includes sports participation, leadership, education and sport, and research and scientific communities. The result of a 15 month project, the charter can be downloaded from the site. (The International Platform on Sport and Development)

Fighting gender inequality in sports media coverage – 15 May 2011
This article by prominent Australian broadcaster Sandra Sully discusses how "female sport and male sport receive starkly disproportionate amounts of coverage...despite the ongoing success and strong participation levels of women in sport." (Australian Womensport and Recreation Association)

Government supports environmental champions – 5 Jun 2011
New Zealand’s sports clubs will have the incentive to reduce their environmental impact, thanks to a $300,000 grant to Project Litefoot from the Government’s Community Environment Fund, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced recently. (New Zealand Government)

UK voluntary code of good governance for sports bodies – 1 Jun 2011
A new voluntary code developed by the sports sector has been introduced in Britain. The code, published by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, has been designed to help sporting and recreational bodies aspire to and maintain good governance and assist those in senior management positions to run their organisations more efficiently. (UK Sport)

Badminton chiefs shelve skirts ruling – 30 May 2011
Badminton's international governing body has shelved a controversial new rule that would force women players to wear skirts or dresses during competitions. The Badminton World Federation  had wanted to introduce the new dress code to "glamorise" the sport. (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity)

Athletes learn speech-making – 25 May 2011
Whether presenting awards at a local school or entertaining with an after dinner speech, successful sports men and women have always been in demand as public speakers. With the London 2012 Olympics set to put them in the spotlight like never before, athletes at Bisham Abbey will be well prepared thanks to a series of public speaking and presenting skills workshops. (English Institute of Sport)

Annual result highlights big year of progress for Hockey New Zealand – 1 May 2011
Hockey New Zealand released its 2010 Annual Report recently and the results are positive both on and off the field. Growth in player numbers, a rise in rankings from the Black Sticks, and a healthy surplus are all indications of a strengthened organisation. “It has been a big year for hockey in New Zealand and as we reflect back it is pleasing to see the results speak for themselves,” says chief executive Hilary Poole. This article includes a link to Hockey New Zealand’s full annual report. (Hockey New Zealand)

Violence in sport identified as one of the top six threats – 19 May 2011
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport believes that for sport to deliver on its promise to Canadians, it has to be values-based and principle-driven. On the heels of the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games, the recognition of the benefits and importance of sport is increasing in Canadian society. But for sport to fulfill its potential, it must be good sport – or what in Canada we have come to call "true" sport. (Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport)

The Paralympian wins major international award – 6 Jun 2011
The International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) official magazine, The Paralympian, has won a prestigious international accolade at the 2011 Communicator Awards. Awarded by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Communicator Awards is a leading international award programme honouring creative excellence for Communications Professionals. (Paralympic Movement)

Sport Science, Medicine and Coaching

Managing teams: comparing organisational and sport psychological approaches to teamwork – 3 Nov 2010
This paper examines how teams and teamwork research have been conceptualised in the fields of sports psychology and organisational psychology. Analysis of research literature suggests the two fields have significantly different ways of conceptualising teams and teamwork, and that conceptual borrowing may prove fruitful. However, a sound understanding of these differences is necessary for meaningful cross-fertilisation to take place. The report outlines the potential gains organisational thinking might offer those working with sports teams. (Scandinavian Sports Studies Forum)

Long warm-ups for track and field can sabotage race performance – 29 May 2011
Low intensity warm-ups enhance athletic performance and long warm-ups can sabotage it. University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology researcher Elias Tomaras examines one of the more contentious training issues. (Science Daily)

DHA-rich fish oil improves complex reaction time in female elite soccer players – June 2011
Omega-3 fatty acid has been shown to improve neuromotor function. This study examined the effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on complex reaction time, precision and efficiency, in female elite soccer players. It was concluded that after 4 weeks of supplementation, there was a significant improvement in the players’ neuromotor function. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)

Deakin University study into what being a sports coach involves – 30 May 2011
In a first for Australian sport, Deakin University researchers are looking to reveal the complete picture of what is involved in being a sports coach. “Sport coaches deal with more than seven million lives in any given year in Australia, yet little is known about the way coaches work,” said Deakin sports coaching expert Dr Andrew Dawson. (Deakin University)

Psychological balance in high level athletes: gender-based differences and sport-specific patterns – 4 May 2011
This French study discusses the principal types of psychological disorders that are encountered within high level sport. The focus is placed on the sex-specific vulnerabilities to particular disorders, and, because the practice of particular sports imposes some unique demands and stressors on athletes, it also explores the occurrence of psychopathology according to the type of sport played. (Plos ONE)

Injury and depression: what every coach & sports medicine specialist should know – 27 May 2011
Depression is an area of mental health that has arguably gained the most attention in recent times especially in relation to athletes. This article focuses on vulnerability to depression as a result of an injury. (Podium Sports Journal)

New studies reinforce benefits of drinking low fat chocolate milk after a tough workout – 3 Jun 2011
Grabbing low-fat chocolate milk after a tough workout helped give both trained and amateur athletes a post-exercise training advantage, according to three new studies presented at the American College of Sports Medicine and published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research recently. (Medical News Today)

The harder they train, the more likely they will fall – 7 Jun 2011
The harder NRL rugby league players train, the more injuries they will sustain, according to a recent study. Featured in the May 2011 issue of The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, the study is the first to investigate the relationship between training load and injury in professional rugby league players, over several competitive seasons. (Sports Medicine Australia)

Athletes taking banned drugs try to cover their tracks – 19 May 2011
Athletes who have taken banned drugs but deny having done so are likely to manipulate their answers on questionnaires to make themselves fit the image of someone who is ‘clean’ and strongly anti-doping, according to new research from London's Kingston University. The study, funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency, saw a team headed by Professor Andrea Petroczi, from the University’s School of Life Sciences, survey 82 athletes competing at various levels on an anonymous basis. (Alpha Galileo)

Rome Symposium to raise knowledge of peptide hormones – 3 Jun 2011
The World Anti-Doping Agency and the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine have invited international experts from the fields of science and medicine to a ‘Symposium on Developments and Challenges in the Detection of Doping with Peptide Hormones’ in Rome later this month. (World Anti-Doping Agency)

WADA releases guidelines for investigations and evidence sharing – 15 May 2011
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has outlined plans for a more concerted effort in the fight against doping in sport by releasing guidelines designed to enhance the cooperation between anti-doping organisations and law enforcement agencies. (World Anti-Doping Agency)

Active Communities

Best practice guidelines for water management in aquatic leisure centres – May 2011
Over the past decade holistic water management practices have been widely adopted. These guidelines are one of a series of documents compiled by Sydney Water. They aim to capture the expertise of Sydney Water and some of its most efficient business partners to share ‘best practice’ industry knowledge. The guidelines include understanding and managing water use, aquatic centre operations and efficiency, alternative water sources, and managing waste water.(Sydney Water)

Floor goes down at Wellington Indoor Community Sports Centre – 30 May 2011
The Wellington Indoor Community Sports Centre in Kilbirnie is a step nearer completion with the installation of the all-important sprung timber floor. The centre's manager, Craig Hutchings, says the state-of-the-art solid hardwood floor is expected to be complete by the end of the month - no mean feat given its size. (Wellington City Council)

Myth buster: helmets halve head injuries – 1 Jun 2011
There's new proof that bicycle helmets save lives with a new report by Queensland University of Technology revealing that safety head gear halves the rate of head injuries suffered by Queensland cyclists. Professor Narelle Haworth, from QUT's Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety said a review of the most scientifically rigorous research found bicycle helmets that met national standards protected against head, brain and facial injuries. (Queensland University of Technology)

Olympic Day 2011 – getting more people active than ever before – 31 May 2011
This year’s Olympic Day, traditionally celebrated on 23 June, is expected to get more people moving than on any previous occasion. More than 125 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in all continents have already committed themselves to organising sporting, cultural and educational events. (

Walking and cycling: improving combined use of physical activity/health and transport data – Jan 2011
A New Zealand Transport Agency research report reviews the amount of walking and cycling they did each day during the previous week and this was recorded separately for sport/recreation and for transport purposes. (NZ Transport Agency) 

Bike sharing faces problems in Montreal, controversy in New York – 6 Jun 2011
An extensive bike-sharing program is expected to be introduced soon in New York City, but The New York Times says difficulties have emerged — both in New York's planning and in the finances of a similar program in Montreal. (New Urban Network)

Future of Napier's Park Island – 26 May 2011
Park Island is the jewel in the crown of Napier’s sports ground network and has served the city well since its initial development three decades ago. Napier City Council is preparing a 20-year master plan for the expansion and development of Park Island sports grounds and views are sought to ensure Napier continues to provide quality facilities for outdoor sport. (Napier City Council)


Cycle Trails Trust Logo Competition – 19 Apr 2011
The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust has been getting into gear with the appointment of an executive officer and a logo competition for the new cycle route. “With the development of the Tasman Loop and the Dun Mountain Trail as part of the New Zealand national cycleway, our region will offer riders a world class cycling experience,” said newly appointed executive officer Fiona Newey. The trust has worked with the region’s artists to develop a brand that captures the ‘wow’ factor of cycling in Tasman and Nelson.” (Tasman District Council)

How important is the land use mix measure in understanding walking behaviour? – 2 Jun 2011
Understanding the relationship between urban design and physical activity is a high priority. Different representations of land use diversity may impact the association between neighbourhood design and specific walking behaviours. This Australian study examined different entropy based computations of land use mix used in the development of walkability indices and their association with walking behaviour. (International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity)

President Obama proclaims June Great Outdoors Month – 31 May 2011
US president Obama has proclaimed June to be Great Outdoors Month, aiming to protect natural sites, increase public recreational access to public lands and waterways, bolster rural landscapes, develop the next generation of urban parks and community green spaces and create a new Conservation Service Corps so that young people can experience and restore the great outdoors.  (The White House)

New public access signs available to farmers – 3 Jun 2011
Rural Women NZ members who allow public access across their property will soon be able to signpost contact details and access conditions for visitors, thanks to a partnership between Rural Women NZ and the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. (Walking Access)

Getting back on your bike is a Breeze – 26 May 2011
British Cycling has launched Breeze – the biggest ever programme focused on getting more women into riding bikes. Backed with National Lottery investment as part of Sport England’s Active Women campaign, Breeze is a nationwide network of fun, local and flexible bike rides, led by women for women. (Sport England)

Young People

Lack of caregiver supervision: a contributing factor in Australian unintentional child drowning deaths – December 2011
Drowning ranks as a leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths of children worldwide, but the quality and availability of data on child drowning varies across countries, hampered by differing surveillance systems and the lack of an internationally accepted definition of drowning. In this study the Australian National Coroners' Information System database was used to investigate drowning deaths among children aged 0–14 years in Australia, over 9 years from 2000 to 2009. (The Medical Journal of Australia)

After-school sport and physical activity in children and youth of Ontario: a needs analysis and strategy project – 2011
The aim of this project was to determine an approach for programme implementation focused on fundamental movement skills and sequential learning to support the progression of children and youth aged 10 to 18 through appropriate developmental stages in after school sport and physical activity. (Canadian Sport for Life)

Schools' and colleges' engagement with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: PE and sport – May 2011
This British research explores whether schools and colleges were using the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and their respective values to help deliver their objectives for School Sport and Physical Education, and if so how. More schools and colleges that were registered with the Get Set programme were involved in activities related to the London 2012 Games than those that were not registered. (Department for Education, UK

National School Sport Week gets underway across Scotland – 7 Jun 2011
Over 700 Glasgow schoolchildren marked the start of Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week, Scotland’s biggest school sporting event, with a day of Olympic and Paralympic sport.  Pupils also celebrated the start of the Week by setting a Guinness World Record. (sportscotland)

Useful Weblinks

Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation’s ultimate sports kit
Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation has launched a brand new toolkit to help deliver sports and fitness programmes for women and girls. The kit is made up of a number of downloadable sections and you can choose which sections best suit the needs of your particular activity.

Sports Medicine Australia
Sports Medicine Australia has produced a variety of resources to help the sporting community prepare for events, prevent injury and how to manage injuries when they occur. There are links to sports, First Aid information, policies and factsheets.

New Zealand Sports Field Forum
Website of the New Zealand Sports Field Forum NZ Inc, which aims to encourage, foster, improve and educate in all aspects of sports field design, construction, maintenance and administration.