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Relay - 10 February 2012

Introducing Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ), the new name for the government organisation responsible for sport and recreation (formerly SPARC). In the new name, the word ‘sport’ is all encompassing of sport and recreation activities. While the name is changing, the organisation’s mandate stays the same.

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A comprehensive analysis of the economic and social value of sport and recreation to our society, nationally and by region. 

Sport NZ will continue to work across the sport and recreation sector to build capability from grass roots through to high performance.   Through Relay, Sport NZ will continue to provide you with topical information.

Other highlights:

  • High Performance Sport/Sports Development: environmental sustainability is a growing focus for the International Olympic Committee and Western Australian sports bodies
  • Sports Development: the landmark Australian copyright case that could transform television and internet broadcasting rights
  • Sports Science, Medicine and Coaching: the British Journal of Sports Medicine looks at the explosion of endurance based events and what athletes can do to perform safely 
  • Recreation: the Scottish Government is consulting on a new safety system for adventure activites
  •  Young People: a collaborative Canadian community project looks to improve children’s skill development; in part based on the idea that sport plus recreation equals more


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High Performance Sport

London 2012 takes over Olympic Village to coincide with six months until start of Games – 27 Jan 2012
One of the major issues that any Olympic Games creates is what to do, when the Games end, with the facilities constructed to accommodate the competition. This article deals with how the London Summer Games organisers and city officials plan to use the Olympic Village buildings following the Games. (The Sport Digest)

London 2012 unveils Anti-Doping Laboratory – 19 Jan 2012
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has unveiled the World Anti-Doping Agency accredited anti-doping laboratory which will operate during the London 2012 Games. Over 6,250 samples will be analysed throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games, up to 400 each day. (London 2012)

New reporting framework underlines IOC’s commitment to sustainability – 25 Jan 2012
Since 1994, the International Olympic Committee has worked to promote sustainable development and caring for the environment through its Sport and Environment Commission and its work with the organisers of the Olympic Games. This commitment was underlined with the launch of the Global Reporting Initiative, a free framework for event organisers to report on their sustainability. (Olympic Movement)

Scotland to invest in world-class sports officials – 2 Feb 2012
The Scottish Technical Officials Development Programme will support the training of technical officials in all 17 Commonwealth sports. Working with each of the Scottish governing bodies, Glasgow 2014 and sportscotland will support the development of experts to officiate at the next Commonwealth Games. (sportscotland)

Glasgow interested in 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid – 30 Jan 2012
The British Olympic Association has announced that it has received a submission from the city of Glasgow formally expressing its interest in being a candidate city for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, should the BOA decide to go ahead with a bid from the UK. (SportsFeatures)

Play True Generation part of Innsbruck success story – 25 Jan 2012
The success of WADA’s Play True Generation programme at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria has added to the positive legacy created by the inaugural event. The first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games has been described as “near perfect” by one specialist Olympic reporter, and WADA’s activities were very much a part of that success. (World Anti-Doping Agency)

Pursuit of sporting glory comes at a cost – 19 Dec 2011
Some of Great Britain’s young sports stars are travelling up to an astonishing 800 miles a month, training six days a week and spending more than £1000 a year on equipment and training in pursuit of sporting success, according to a new survey by the Youth Sport Trust. The figures also show nearly nine out of 10 elite youngsters (88%) admit they can find it difficult at times balancing their commitment to their sport with their education. (Youth Sport Trust)

FIBA Basketball World Cup officially launched in Madrid – 27 Jan 2012
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has launched the 2014 edition of its flagship tournament and revealed its new name, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, at an event in the Spanish capital. (Basketball New Zealand)

Sports Development

IRB Women’s rugby plan 2011–2016 – January 2012
This plan looks forward to five years of unprecedented opportunities for the women’s game, including elite tournaments such as Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 in France, and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. As well as staging world-class events on the global stage, it is the IRB’s ambition to double the number of women and girls playing rugby and give greater access to the sport to young girls.  (International Rugby Board)

SANZAR announces new laws for 2012 Super Rugby – 2 Feb 2012
Super Rugby’s governing body, SANZAR, is to trial new disciplinary rules during the 2012 competition. The changes follow a cross-country working group meeting with representatives across all areas of the game held in September last year, which conducted a ‘clean sheet’ review of the SANZAR judicial process. (NZRU)

Australian Institute of Sport joins forces with Brumbies to enhance performance – 2 Feb 2012
The ACT Brumbies rugby union club has entered into a commercial agreement with the Australian Institute of Sport to gain access to AIS training and recovery facilities, resources, coaching and sports science expertise.  In return, the ACT Brumbies will participate in testing and development sessions, which contribute to AIS scientific research and development.  (Australian Sports Commission)

BikeNZ’s National Plan – 26 Jan 2012
BikeNZ’s national plan involves the whole cycling community, across all levels and codes. It addresses the needs and challenges faced from the grassroots right up to elite athletes to ensure there is a unified approach to cycling development. (BikeNZ)

Beach Swap winner announced – 13 Jan 2012
Surf Life Saving New Zealand is pleased to announce that Lyall Bay surf lifeguard Kelsey Moffatt is the winner of the DHL Beach Swap. Kelsey was one of 200 lifeguards from across the country who entered the promotion, which will see her spend three days at Australia’s North Bondi Beach with two fellow lifeguards, where they will experience surf life-saving, Australian style. (Surf Life Saving New Zealand)

Optus wins crucial Australian court victory – 2 Feb 2012
A number of Australian sporting codes have signalled their dismay after Optus won a landmark copyright case that could transform television and internet broadcasting in the country, allowing recording and transmission of free-to-air television shows, including live sports, over the internet on a delay of as little as two minutes. (SportBusiness)

Sporting environmental sustainability pack – February 2012
This document provides information on environmental issues currently facing sporting organisations and clubs within Western Australia and to equip them with the tools and skills necessary to reduce their environmental impact. (Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation)

Results of the International Cricket Council Board meeting in Dubai – 1 Feb 2012
The ICC Board recently held the first of its scheduled 2012 meetings. The major item considered was the independent governance review, identified as one of the key initiatives to 'Build a Bigger, Better Global Game' following the adoption of the new ICC Strategic Plan in April 2011. (International Cricket Council)

Good governance in European grassroots sport – 27 Jan 2012
The Good Governance in Grassroots Sport project is a transnational project that increases organisational capacity for good governance by focusing on transparency and accountability, particularly at the grassroots sport association level.  (International Sport and Culture Association)

Sport Science, Medicine and Coaching

Concurrent training: how to simultaneously train upper and lower body strength, muscular endurance and flexibility – December 2011
Many sports require high levels of upper and lower body strength, muscular endurance and flexibility, yet the prevailing wisdom is that you can’t train all these aspects of fitness simultaneously. However, new research suggests that concurrent training can deliver the goods. (Peak Performance)

Effects of synchronous music on treadmill running among elite triathletes – 1 Aug 2011
Music can provide ergogenic, psychological, and psychophysical benefits during physical activity, especially when movements are performed synchronously with music. This study developed the train of research on synchronous music and extended it to elite athletes. (Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport)

Care of the endurance athlete: promotion, perception, performance and professionalism – 17 Sep 2011
Within the last 10 years, an explosion of events designed to challenge the human condition by pushing athletes to more extreme environments, and for extended times and distances, has changed how athletes compete and train.  This themed edition of the BJSM is intended to stimulate thought, challenge previously held ideas, change perceptions and allow athletes to safely perform their sport. (British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Exercising in the heat warning – 27 Jan 2012
Sports Medicine Australia WA urges all sporting bodies to adopt a sensible and flexible approach to the heat. Exercising or playing sport in hot or humid conditions can lead to dehydration, heat illness and sometimes the more serious consequence of heat stroke. (Sports Medicine Australia)

Long warm-ups fatiguing players – 9 Jan 2012
A new study shows major sporting clubs may be tiring their players by warming up for too long. Research by Australia’s Victoria University Institute of Sport Exercise and Active Living compared performance after various warm-up routines including one conducted by a first class Italian soccer club. (Victoria University Institute of Sport Exercise and Active Living)

How much muscle fatigue originates in the head? – 5 Dec 2011
Researchers from the University of Zurich studied neurological influences on tiring endurance performances. They discovered a mechanism in the brain that triggers a reduction in muscle performance during tiring activities and ensures that one’s own physiological limits are not exceeded. For the first time, the study demonstrates empirically that muscle fatigue and changes in the interaction between neuronal structures are linked. (University of Zurich)

Throwing techniques for Ultimate Frisbee –January 2012
The goal of this study was to determine if certain throwing techniques for the sport of Ultimate Frisbee were advantageous relative to other techniques. The defence can attempt to force a thrower to use a specific throw. (The Sport Journal)

The single match approach to strike rate adjustments in batting performance measures in cricket – 1 Dec 2011
Batting performance measures containing strike rate adjustments take into account the fact that if two batsmen had scored the same number of runs in a match, the one with the better strike rate performed best. But match conditions can influence batting and bowling performances. The main objective of this study is to propose a method that can be used to make batsmen’s scores comparable despite the fact that playing conditions might have been very different. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)

From 2D leg kinematics to 3D full-body biomechanics-the past, present and future of scientific analysis of maximal instep kick in soccer – 19 Oct 2011
Biomechanics investigation on soccer kicking has a relatively long history, yet the body of knowledge is still small. This paper reviews articles published from 1960s to 2011, summarising relevant findings, research trends, method development, and challenges. The main aim of the paper is to promote soccer kicking studies through discussions on problem solving in the past, method development in the present, and possible research directions for the future. (Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology)

Optimising transference of strength and power adaptation to sport-specific performance – 30 April 2011
Traditional rugby-specific resistance training programmes typically concentrate on quantifying load via volume or intensity, and use lower body exercises that principally work in the vertical plane. The experimental studies in this thesis sought to explore alternatives to such strategies and to establish methods that can be used to maximise the development of rugby specific strength, power and speed. (Auckland University of Technology)

Active Communities

Big upgrade for little town – January 2012
On Waitangi weekend, three years after the idea was first discussed, the residents of Kaipaki, a small rural community situated between Hamilton, Cambridge and Te Awamutu, celebrated the opening of their newly upgraded community hall and sports grounds. (NZ Community Trust)

Bike pods are on their way – 25 Jan 2012
One more barrier is about to be removed for cyclists in New Plymouth with the installation of a central-city bike pod. The pod can take up to 10 bikes at a time and will have secure lockers available, for the use of workers in the city. (New Plymouth District Council)

Netball a pathway to healthier Tongan mums – 14 Dec 2011
The Australian Government is working with the Government of Tonga to encourage women of all ages to improve their health by getting involved in the sport of netball. In Tonga, when a woman finishes school or becomes a mother, she normally stops playing sport and generally being active. (Australian Sports Commission)

New grants now available to help cover the cost of adapted sports equipment for Canadian people with a disability – 25 Jan 2012
The Para-Equipment Fund delivers grants to national sport organisations and provincial and local-level clubs to purchase adapted equipment for sports such as wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey and sit-skiing to enable people with a disability to participate in sport. (Leisure Information Network)

New government-funded pioneering sport and exercise medicine centre – 9 Jan 2012
A 10 million pound, pioneering sport and exercise medicine centre is to be established in the East Midlands. Located at Loughborough University, the centre will help increased numbers of people to be more active and will treat injuries caused by exercise. (Loughborough University)


2011 Outdoor Recreation Qualification Survey – November 2011
The survey canvassed outdoor workplaces (those which involve services to the public or community whether commercial, not-for-profit, or volunteer) to establish whether they believed there should among other things be industry-agreed standards to train supervisors, leaders and instructors. (Skills Active Aotearoa)

Greenspace strategy helps protect Queensland’s outdoor resources – 11 Dec 2011
The release of the Queensland Greenspace Strategy 2011-2020 will assist the State Government in reaching its target of a 50% increase in land protected for conservation and outdoor recreation. Local Government Minister Paul Lucas said the comprehensive plan to increase parks, recreational walking tracks, off road vehicle tracks, marine parks and other outdoor resources was a direct outcome of the Queensland Growth Management Summit held in March 2010. The document can be viewed by following this link. (Queensland Government)

Explore our precious wetlands – 27 Jan 2012
Aucklanders are being encouraged to explore Auckland’s precious remaining wetlands with World Wetlands Day coming up in February. Auckland Council Acting Biodiversity Manager Jonathan Boow says there are a range of notable wetlands around the region that Aucklanders can visit to gain an appreciation of their valuable role, biodiversity and natural beauty. (Auckland Council)

Chance for businesses to partner with cycle trails – 25 Jan 2012
New Zealand businesses are being invited to partner with the 18 Great Rides under Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail, and market themselves to the world. The New Zealand Cycle Trail has just launched its prospectus for 2012. A link to the prospectus can be found on this site. (NZ Cycle Trail)

Scottish consultation on adventure activities – 27 Jan 2012
The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on plans for the development of a new safety system for adventure activities such as caving, trekking and water sports. It follows proposals from the UK government to replace the Adventures Activities Licensing Authority, which was set up in 1995. (Scottish Government)

PoolSafe achieves record numbers – 16 Jan 2012
New Zealand public pools are taking safety seriously as is evident in the record number of facilities that now have obtained the PoolSafe safety endorsement. PoolSafe is a New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) and Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) programme incorporating a range of initiatives aimed at reducing the number of water related injuries in and around New Zealand pools. (New Zealand Recreation Association)

Young People

Collaborative planning and action for community sport and recreation development – 31 May 2011
In recent years, the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) movement has identified the urgent need for a systemic change to address the fact that Canada’s children are not being equipped with the full range of fundamental movement skills needed to be fit and active all life-long.  Alberta Recreation and Parks Association formed a Community Sport Development Task Group in December 2008 to translate CS4L concepts and policies into a made-in-Alberta physical literacy movement at the community level. (Alberta Recreation and Parks Association)

The possible benefits of reduced errors in the motor skills acquisition of children – 9 Jan 2012
An understanding of children’s movement skills learning is particularly important because engagement in motor activity is a prerequisite for development of the motor skills that are fundamental to functional tasks, school participation, and games and recreation in later years of life. This paper reviews evidence from recent studies that have examined implicit motor learning in children using an errorless learning paradigm and explores the theoretical basis of implicit motor learning in children. (Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology)

Embedding literacy and numeracy in the Dance Curriculum – December 2011
A dance teacher concludes that with so many different dance cultures now present in New Zealand both practical and theoretical dance learning can be inclusive, wide ranging, and relate intimately to the social and cultural environment of school students. If teachers have the will and acquire the knowledge, dance can take its place in the midst of, rather than on the fringes of, the New Zealand curriculum. (DANZ)

Playing out-of-bounds – 5 Jan 2012
A “non-traditional” approach can make health and PE fun for everyone. For many students — coming from a variety of backgrounds, and with different skills and interests — a one-size-fits-all approach to physical education can be filled with pitfalls. By introducing new games, adapted games and games from other cultures, not only can an educator cater to a range of interests and abilities, they can also help to level the playing field. (Ophea)

The atmosphere surrounding sports influences the psychological and social development of under-served youth – 25 Jan 2012
Researchers from Michigan State University's Institute for the Study of Youth Sports have discovered that under-served youth report more life skill and character development when their coaches place greater emphasis on creating caring climates. This involves the coach creating an atmosphere that focuses on player self-improvement versus players' comparing and competing with team-mates. (Michigan State University's Institute for the Study of Youth Sports)

Legacy programme inspires 33,000 youngsters into sport – 2 Feb 2012
33,000 young people have been inspired to do sport in their own time in the first six months of Sport England’s Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative. All of the teenagers and young adults have received six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice. (Sport England)

Plans get under way for World Sports Day – 25 Jan 2012
Schools and colleges across the UK are encouraged to start planning how they are going to celebrate the athletes and cultures of the world on London 2012 World Sport Day, Monday 25 June. The day will give thousands of young people in schools across Scotland the chance to take part in the final UK-wide Get Set event before the London 2012 Games begin and will see schools across the UK join together in celebrating how sport can bring the cultures of the world together. (sportscotland)

Useful Weblinks

Summer boating rules and safety guidelines
Make sure you know the rules before you head out.  Here’s some help from the Waikato Regional Council.

The official New Zealand code for cyclists online
This site provides a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law and safe riding practices.

New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine
This is the official journal of Sports Medicine New Zealand, which publishes material relevant to sports medicine and related disciplines.