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Relay - 18 November 2010

In this edition: Football New Zealand has unveiled its strategic plan, with the goal of benefiting participants at all levels. The Outdoor Nation report on breaking down barriers to the outdoors for young people asks how to make being an “Outsider” cool. There’s a new UK publication on how the under-representation of women in sports governance affects womens’ sport participation. In sports medicine research, the value of protective head-gear in rugby for preventing concussion injuries is questioned, and we include research into the effects of training at high temperatures, and of long term glycine supplementation on sprint performance. With the 2012 Olympics on the radar, school Olympics programmes roll out in England and New Zealand.


High Performance Sport

Hats off to the 2010 World Champs – 10 Oct 2010
The 2010 World Rowing Championships in Karapiro, New Zealand has turned out to be one of the most impressive championships ever. Behind the scenes and making these championships work were 500-plus volunteers, a number of paid staff as well many officials, umpires, commentators, media and FISA staff. World Rowing talked to a small sampling of these people and asked them what their favourite race was and their impressions of the championships. (World Rowing)

World record crowds for Karapiro – 7 Oct 2010
Attendance at the last day of the 2010 World Rowing Championships was 15,243, taking the cumulative total for the Championships to 66,771 - a new record for a World Rowing Championships. (World Rowing Championships)

Key New Zealand winter sports likely for Sochi – 25 Oct 2010
Three key winter events are a step closer to being included in the Sochi Olympic Winter Games programme and, if included, will provide a significant step forward for winter Olympic sport in New Zealand. The three events are Ski Halfpipe, Ski Slopestyle and Snowboard Slopestyle. (NZOC)

Mayoral taskforce to deal with Eden Park issues – 12 Nov 2010
A Mayoral taskforce is being set up to ensure there will be no repeat of the issues surrounding the rugby league double header at Eden Park. Auckland Mayor Len Brown says he is confident the events of the weekend will not be repeated during Rugby World Cup 2011 or at other events at the park and that the concerns of local residents are being heard. (Auckland Council)

PM unveils redeveloped Queens Wharf for RWC – 25 Oct 2010
Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, John Key, unveiled the plans for Queens Wharf for next year's Rugby World Cup celebrations. The redeveloped Queens Wharf will feature landscaped open areas and a multi-purpose temporary facility named The Cloud. (

Tracking the performance of world-ranked swimmers – 01 Sep 2010
The aim of this study was to track world-ranked male swimmers' performance during five consecutive seasons (from 2003/2004 to 2007/2008) in Olympic freestyle events. Tracking the swimming performance is important to analyse its progression and stability between competitions and help coaches to define realistic goals and to select appropriate training methods. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)

Sports Development

Whole of Football Plan – August 2010
Football in New Zealand is perfectly placed to capitalise on some golden opportunities. With international success, a higher profile and greater financial stability, New Zealand Football now have the chance to implement a national development structure to benefit participants at all levels. It involves everyone in the game working together, which is why it’s called the Whole of Football Plan. (New Zealand Football)

Trophy Women? Why a balanced board is good business for sport – November 2010
Only one in five members of the boards of NGBs for sport in Britain is a woman. One quarter of sports have no women in board positions at all. It is no coincidence that less than one in ten women play competitive sport and more than 80% of women do too little sport or exercise to benefit their health. (Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation)

Partnership builds Paralympic history collection – 28 Oct 2010
A new Australian initiative aims to promote greater community awareness of Paralympic and disability sport in Australia through targeted information, research and knowledge development initiatives. Better access to this valuable audio-visual resource will benefit a range of groups including students, the media, researchers, coaches, athletes and even sport scientists. (Australian Paralympic Committee)

Appointment of YMCA National Sport and Recreation Manager – 29 Oct 2010
According to YMCA National CEO Ric Odom, “Gareth Moore-Jones brings a wealth and diversity of experience that will add significantly to the capacity and profile of the YMCA in the recreation, sport and outdoors sectors.  His will be a key role in the organisation and he will work with YMCA staff and partner organisations to further strengthen and develop our delivery of sport, recreation and outdoors programmes to the communities of New Zealand.” (YMCA New Zealand)

Surf Life Saving goes interactive to celebrate 100 years – 12 Nov 2010
Over the past 100 years Surf Lifeguards have saved more than 50,000 lives on our nation’s beaches – and during the summer of 2010/11 Surf Life Saving will celebrate the legacy of dedication and leadership, from the men and women who have served New Zealand beaches over the past century. As part of Surf Life Saving’s Centenary celebrations a highly interactive exhibition titled “Between The Flags – 100 Years of Surf Life Saving” is set to open in Napier this month. (Surf Lifesaving NZ)

Skills Active Tertiary Provider Forum – 21 Oct 2010
Notes and presentations from the Skills Active Tertiary Provider Forum including; Fitness NZ Presentation,  New Zealand Recreation Association Providers Presentation and Outdoor Recreation Sector Strategic Training Plan Presentation. (Skills Active)

Sport Science, Medicine and Coaching

Protective equipment has little impact on reducing rugby concussions – 3 Nov 2010
Existing headgear and mouth guards have limited or no benefit in reducing concussions in rugby players, according to Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. He concludes educational injury prevention programmes that promote proper playing techniques and enforcement of the rules do result in a significant reduction in concussions and head, neck and spinal injuries. Cusimano still recommends rugby players wear mouth guards and protective headgear because of the strong evidence they reduce mouth and face injuries and scalp lacerations and abrasions. (St. Michael’s Hospital)

Exercising in the heat may improve athletic performance in cool and hot conditions – 25 Oct 2010
Turning up the heat might be the best thing for athletes competing in cool weather, according to a new study by human physiology researchers at the University of Oregon. The data concluded that heat acclimation exposure provided considerable ergogenic benefits in cool conditions, in addition to the expected performance benefits in the hot environment. (Science Daily)

Long-term glycine supplementation and paradoxical effects on repeated anaerobic sprint performance – 28 Oct 2010
It has been demonstrated that acute GPLC supplementation produces enhanced anaerobic work capacity with reduced lactate production in resistance trained males. However, it is not known what effects chronic GPLC supplementation has on anaerobic performances or lactate clearance. The purpose of this study was to examine the long-term effects of different dosages of GPLC supplementation on repeated high intensity stationary cycle sprint performance. (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition)

Metabolic factors limiting performance in marathon runners – 21 Oct 2010
Each year in the past three decades has seen hundreds of thousands of runners register to run a major marathon. Of those who attempt to race over the marathon distance more than two-fifths experience severe and performance-limiting depletion of physiologic carbohydrate reserves (a phenomenon known as ‘hitting the wall’), and thousands drop out before reaching the finish lines. This study demonstrates that the energetic constraints on endurance runners depend on several physiological variables. (PLoS Computational Biology)

Athletes support healthy sport–life balance – 1 Nov 2010
A recent study conducted by the National Athlete Career and Education (NACE) and AIS ACE programs at the Australian Sports Commission has found sporting performance may be boosted by a well-balanced lifestyle combining work, study and training. The NACE and AIS survey of 143 AIS athletes looked at their attitudes and approaches to sport, study and other activities.  The findings of the study indicate that sport–life balance has a positive effect on an athlete’s performance and longevity in their sport. (Australian Sports Commission)

Active Communities

Building health through sport – October 2010
VicHealth’s strategy for health in sport is multi-pronged. They are focusing their attention on finding ways to enable the sports sector to lead and innovate, to increase participation rates in sport, and to create sporting environments that are healthy, safe and inclusive for all in our community. (Vic Health, AU)

Sport in good heart, says Sir Murray Halberg – 28 Oct 2010
New Zealand sport is in good heart, according to Sir Murray Halberg, but money has changed the playing field in the modern era. “A lot of people are getting a lot of support but I would like to see more support at grass roots and for emerging talent,” he said. (Sport Southland)

Playford Park revamp – 05 Nov 2010
Levin’s Playford Park is in line for a further revamp that will see it developed as a multi-sport park with top-notch facilities. The park is already the second most widely used sports ground in the Horowhenua. (Horowhenua District Council)

East End skate bowl construction to start – 29 Oct 2010
The latest facility for Taranaki skateboarders starts construction at East End Reserve. This addition will give young people the chance to increase their skills, and it will provide more space at a facility that is very popular. The article also contains a link to the design plans. (New Plymouth District Council)

Artificial sports field surfaces in Wellington: an overview – October 2010
Wellington City Council is working to improve sporting facilities by creating artificial sports field surfaces. The first artificial surface was constructed on the upper field at Nairnville Park and completed in April 2009. The Long-Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) includes the construction of six additional artificial sports field surfaces in the next seven years. (Wellington City Council)


Outdoor Nation special report: Barriers to the outdoors – September 2010
The aim of this US report was to gain insight into how the outdoors and outdoor activities are perceived among young people across the country. The research objectives were also to learn how the outdoors can be made more culturally relevant, inclusive and interesting to audiences such as minorities and urban youth and to obtain ideas for re-branding the outdoors so that it’s cooler to be an Outsider than an Insider. (Outdoor Foundation)

South East Queensland outdoor recreation strategy 2010 – October 2010
Outdoor recreation provides social, health, educational and tourism benefits which contribute significantly to South East Queensland’s identity, culture and economy. The South East Queensland (SEQ) Outdoor Recreation Strategy will play an important role in achieving our Green, Healthy, Strong and Fair ambitions. (Queensland Government)

Strategic direction for the Western Sydney Parklands – October 2010
The Western Sydney Parklands is a place for people of all backgrounds to meet, celebrate, learn and play. The Parklands will be a venue for communities to create and manage a new sustainable future on the Cumberland Plain. This draft Plan of Management is structured around five key strategic directions, each of which contains a number of outcomes to be achieved. (Western Sydney Parklands)

Advancing an integrated leisure research strategy for New Zealand – October 2010
An analysis of the perceived research needs and priorities of stakeholders in the arts, outdoor recreation, sport and community recreation sectors in New Zealand. (Lincoln University)

Young People

Olympic Schools offers Kiwi kids medal glory – 20 Oct 2010
Children from around the country will have the opportunity to stand on the podium and receive their own gold, silver and bronze medals as part of the ASB Olympic Schools programme.  The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) is teaming up with ASB to capture the magic of the Olympic Games and values of the Olympic Movement, aiming to engage the students in a variety of activities both inside and outside the classroom. (NZOC)

Nine communities kick start new Olympic-style school sports competition  - 07 Oct 2010
Children in nine communities across England will be the first to take part in a new Olympic and Paralympic-style school sports competition. They will be piloting a new national school sports competition which will see young people competing within their own schools and against other local schools in a wide range of sports. The scheme will culminate in a national competition in 2012 in the Olympic Park, with formal opening and closing ceremonies and medals.   (Sport England)

WADA’s Children’s Books Available for Translation and Local Printing – 3 Nov 2010
The World Anti Doping Agency continues to offer its stakeholders its ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ anti-doping themed story books. (World Anti Doping Agency)

Wild adventure space: its role in teenagers’ lives – May 2010
This research was commissioned to explore what contribution the natural environment can make in relation to current debates about young people today, that teenagers might be considered a “lost generation”, turned off from interest in the natural environment. Links to the full PDF file download are available. (Natural England)

All Blacks help drive major Scottish sports participation programme – 12 Nov 2010
With support from members of the New Zealand All Blacks, including Dan Carter, Mils Muliaina and Kieran Read, adidas continued to deliver their biggest sports participation initiative yet with the Scotland launch of ‘adiStars’, a digital sports challenge that encourages the teenage (13-19 year old) audience to participate in sustained sporting activity to win unique rewards. (Sport Scotland)

Innovation award recognises importance of role models – 17 Sep 2010
An Estonian has won the top prize in the 7th edition of the European Athletics Innovation Awards for his project entitled ‘The Social Role of an Athlete’. The paper by Mr Rebane describes a systematic and successful programme to integrate the management of an athlete’s image with their sporting development to create a role model for young people and the general public. (European Athletics)

Useful Weblinks

Christchurch 2011
This website contains information about what is happening in and around Christchurch in the lead-up to RWC 2011 and during the Tournament.

The FA Skills Programme
The FA Tesco Skills Programme is not available in New Zealand but their website has many tools for improving youth soccer skills and includes coaching videos, football tips and fun games for boys and girls of all abilities. The site may take a moment to load.

Active Scotland Household Targeting Tool
The Active Scotland Household Targeting Tool supports planning, targeting and marketing sport, physical activity and outdoor recreation at national and local levels.