From world golfing stage to provincial rugby – student’s juggling act
It’s fair to say Otago Polytechnic student Spencer Byers has had more than a few balls in the air lately.
Spencer, who is completing a Master of Applied Science at Otago Polytechnic’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, is juggling his studies with exciting roles at Animation Research Ltd (ARL) and Otago Rugby.
All of which is perfect for the self-confessed sports fanatic.
“I have always been interested in sport and played many different codes,” Spencer explains.
“I went overseas in 2015 with for Otago United FC to compete in an international club football tournament called the Milk Cup (Super Cup NI).
“I've always had a passion for watching and playing many different sports, so I feel very privileged to work in the sports industry.”
Spencer clocked up some serious air points earlier in the year, helping ARL cover major golf tournaments such as the Mexico Open in Vallarta, as well as other PGA Tour events in Washington DC, Dallas and Tulsa.
His role as a graphics operator involved being in constant communication with the director and producer of each show, providing live tracking of shots, ball positions and fly-overs of each hole, among many other things.
“The job has taken me to some amazing places. I have gained some invaluable knowledge and experiences.”
Student, Master of Applied Science
Spencer now has his feet firmly planted on southern soil - focusing on his role as the Head Performance Analyst at Otago Rugby for the NPC season.
“It can be pretty full-on at times, but I am enjoying what I'm doing. I am trying to learn new things every day and keep challenging myself.
“I feel as though the skills I have learned through Otago Polytechnic can be easily transitioned into the real world,” Spencer says.
“Gaining such hands-on experience before graduating has helped me feel confident and ready to work in the sports industry.”