Sophie Parker


Kia ora, my name is Sophie Parker and I am on my first year of the Sport NZ Graduate Programme. I have always had an interest in sport and active recreation and growing up in New Zealand, I have been involved in a number of sports and activities. Prior to the Programme, I studied a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (specialising in Management and Physical Activity and Nutrition) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), before completing a Master of Business (specialising in Sport Leadership and Management).

I applied for the Sport NZ Graduate Programme because it provided me with a unique opportunity to learn about and experience the New Zealand sport system with the support and guidance of sector leaders. While my studies provided me with a detailed understanding of sport and active recreation, the Graduate role provides me with the opportunity to apply and further this understanding through working on and leading different projects, and building important connections with industry professionals.

Fast forward and I am now four months into my first year on the Programme. I am currently leading an annual diversity audit as part of Sport NZ’s wider Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation Strategy, as well as supporting the development of Sport NZ’s Disability Review.

There is no requirement for you to know what you want to do within the wider sport system when applying for the Graduate Programme. So why not use this opportunity to learn more about our sector and where your interests lie?