Otago Polytechnic

Head of Department

  Megan Gibbons
Head of School MeganG@op.ac.nz

Megan is the Head of School at Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure. Megan joined Otago Polytechnic at the beginning of 2007 and teaches nutrition and physiology. Recently she completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Previously she lectured at Massey University, and worked as the consultant nutritionist at the Millenium Institute of Sport. Email Megan.gibbonsop.ac.nz

Publications and Research

Emery DP, Milne T, Gilchrist CA, Gibbons M, Robinson E, Coster G, Forrest CB, Harnden A, Mant, D, Grant CC (2015). The impact of primary care on emergency department presentation and hospital admission with pneumonia: a case-control study of preschool-aged children npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine (2015) 25, 14113; doi:10.1038/npjpcrm.2014.113; published online 5 February 2015

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  Kate Clapham-Dorjee (U001201)
School Administrator Katec@op.ac.nz

General school administration for Sport and AdventureSargood Gallery bookings

Jo Morrison

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

Phil Edwards
Academic Leader pedwards@op.ac.nz

  Andy Thompson
Programme Manager and Principal Lecturer andyt@op.ac.nz

Andy Thompson is the Programme Coordinator and Principal Lecturer of the Diploma in Outdoor Leadership (Level 5) programme. He also cofacilitates on the Leading Frontiers Staff development programme run specifically for Otago Polytechnic staff. He is a professional outdoor instructor and assessor with New Zealand Outdoor Instructor Association (NZOIA) and Sea Kayak Operators Association New Zealand (SKOANZ). His qualifications include NZOIA Level 2 Alpine, Whitewater Kayak, Sea Kayak, Rock Climbing, Bush and Outdoor Safety Management. He also has a NZCA Coaching Level 1, Diploma in Adult Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education. He is currently studying his Masters in Professional Practice (MPP).Andy ThompsonPrincipal LecturerProgramme Coordinator

Publications and Research

Thompson, A. (2010) Outdoor Education at a Tertiary Institute, New Zealand, Connecting with Nature. Conference: Spirit of Place. Drag, Norway. August, 2010.

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  Adain Summerfield
Programme Manager and Senior Lecturer ADAINS@op.ac.nz

Adain Summerfield Programme Manager and Senior Lecturer Adain is the Programme Manager for the Personal Training and Exercise Prescription major within the Diploma of Applied Sport and Exercise Leadership. Adain joined the OISA team in 2002 and teaches in the areas of exercise physiology, exercise prescription and Personal Training practise. He Has a Bachelors of Physical Education and is studying towards completion of a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.Email adain.summerfieldop.ac.nz

David McQuillan
Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer dmcquillan@op.ac.nz

  Peter Bilous
Programme Manager, Avalanche Safety & Snowsport Instructing pbilous@op.ac.nz

Peter is the Programme Manager, Avalanche Safety Snowsport Instructing. He is qualified in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics, but changed career path after many years to work in the mountains as a ski instructor, patroller and guide before moving on to teaching. Peter has completed a New Zealand adult teaching qualification. He is a fully qualified national and international (NZSIA and ISIA) Telemark Ski Instructor Examiner and past National Divisional Director, Technical Director and NZSIA Executive Committee Member.Peter has been well recognised for his efforts in the field of teaching. He was cited for an Otago Polytechnic Teaching Award in 2009 and the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching National Award in 2011. Peter is also very active in the area of mountain and avalanche safety. In fact, risk management is central to his teaching he teaches all clients and students to understand the risks posed by the mountains, and how to mitigate those risks.


Laura Munro
Lecturer lmunro@op.ac.nz

  Gary Barclay
Senior Lecturer GaryB@op.ac.nz

Gary BarclaySenior LecturerIm passionate about the areas of health, exercise and sport psychology and the huge influence that a little knowledge and skill development can have on people looking to do their best in whatever areas they are passionate about. I really enjoy teaching in the areas of Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology. I have consulted with a wide range of athletes, teams and performing artists to help them achieve peak performance in their fields from club level through to those competing in Masters international competition. I have particular interest in the relationship between exercise or physical activity and mental health and wellbeing including recovery from serious injury. I am also interested in the development and transfer of life skills between sport and other life environments. Im a family man with a wife and two wonderful children and together we endeavour to lead healthy active lifestyles. I have a Masters in Physical Education (Sport Psychology with Distinction), a Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching. Email Gary.barclayop.ac.nz

Publications and Research

Barclay, G., Hodge, K., & Potrac, P (2005). SMARTT: A Lifeskills Intervention for Youth Soccer Players Poster in Proceedings of the International Society of Sport Psychology's 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology: Promoting Health and Performance for Life
ISBN 1 877040 36 3 15-19 August 3 page abstract, presentation 2 hours

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  Matthew Blair
Senior Lecturer and Academic Leader matb@op.ac.nz

I have been working here at the Otago Polytechnic as a staff member since 2004. During this period I completed a Masters in Physical Education and Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching and led the development of two new programmes Diploma in Personal Training and Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning. In 2014 I was awarded an OP Excellence in Leadership. My passion is with physical activity and nutrition, especially conditioning for elitelevel athletes.

Publications and Research

Blair, M. (2014) 2014 IRB Referees Physical Conditioning Guidelines (7s). For the International Rugby Board Referee Manager. Used by international rugby union referees, their physical conditioning coaches and other support staff. 11 sections.

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  Roger Southby

Roger Southby Roger began working at the OISA in 2005. He has had a long involvement in sports from his playing days through to administration and coaching. Team Manager for the NZ Badminton team for 2009 1014 including Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Whyte Trophy series, 2012 and 2104 Oceania championships, Thomas and Uber Cup qualifying tournament. Selector for Badminton NZ since 2009. High performance coordinator august 2013 June 2014. Roger has been actively involved with various Otago Polytechnic working groups such as Academic Approvals Committee, involvement with the new student management system, assessing work readiness, high performing teams, learning spaces design team. Roger has also been involved on the working party for Sport and Recreation for the Tertiary Review of Qualifications. Previous employment has been as teacher (secondary and intermediate level), a sport development coordinator for Sport Otago and regional manager for Netball Otago. He has a keen interest in assisting people with their coaching careers and has been involved with coach mentoring programmes with Badminton New Zealand. Email Roger.southbyop.ac.nz

  Geoff Simons
Senior Lecturer geoffs@op.ac.nz

I have been involved in organising sporting events since 1980's and this includes three University Games as Event Manager, . I have been Sport Liaison Coordinator for the NZ Masters Games for the last six times in Dunedin. I organise the annual SI Junior Rugby Tournament for under 15 teams and the annual Girls Rugby Festival in Oamaru. All events that give students a chance to gain practical experience. Currently involved in rugby and lawn bowls administration at various levels.

  Hayden Croft
Lecturer haydenc@op.ac.nz

New to the OISA in 2010 Hayden has come to the department with an ongoing interest in Sport Science, especially Biomechanics and Video Technology. He has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education (Sports SciencePrescription) and a Masters of Physical Education (Biomechanics). Over the last couple of years Hayden has worked with the NZRU and All Blacks, helping in the development of simulation technologies for decision making and lineout practice. In September 2009 he developed a wireless head camera for the All Blacks coaching staff. This was part of an initiative to help develop the All Blacks backs ability to identify visual cues and make appropriate decisions.

Publications and Research

Croft,H., Lamb, P. & Middlemas, S. (2014). The application of self-organising maps to performance analysis data in rugby union sport. World Congress of Performance Analysis in Sport X, Croatia, 3-6 September. http://ispas2014.kif.hr/partneri/BOOK%20OF%20ABSTRACTS_final.pdf

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  Peter Eley
Online Designer and Developer / Senior Lecturer peley@op.ac.nz

A new member of the team at OP online, Pete brings his 13 years of professional practice experience to the team. Bringing a passion for media he hope to blend this into the development work he does.

Kimberly Park
Senior Lecturer kpark@op.ac.nz

Brendon Timmins
Senior Lecturer btimmins@op.ac.nz

Simon Body
Lecturer sbody@op.ac.nz

  Richard Humphrey
Principal Lecturer RHumphrey@op.ac.nz

Richard is Chair of the Otago Polytechnic Research Ethics Committee and lecturer at the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure. Richard joined the Polytechnic in 2013 having moved from the UK where he lectured at University of Southampton and was a postgraduate research student at University of Bristol. His teaching includes research methods, exercise and health related topics and the research projects on the undergraduate degree.

  Markham Brown
Lecturer mbrown@op.ac.nz

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Simon Middlemas
Principle Lecturer SMiddlemas@op.ac.nz

  Sarah Sellar
Lecturer ssellar@op.ac.nz

Sarah has been teaching in the outdoors for the last ten years and worked or volunteered on six different continents. This has included helping a fledgling dance group in a township in Zimbabwe, abseiling students off a castle in Wales and managing the unusual event of tramping up an erupting volcano in Nicaragua. She has worked for various companies including Hillary Outdoors where she spent three summers on Great Barrier Island. She holds a degree in Environmental Management, a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education and a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice. She also holds NZOIA level 2 Bush, level 1 Rock with Sport Endorsement, level 1 Sea Kayak, Avalanche 1 and Prehospital Emergency Care (PHEC).

Ash Rohloff
Clinical Supervisor AshR@op.ac.nz

Jacky Keen
Massage Programme Lecturer JackyK@op.ac.nz

Support Staff

  Kathryn van der Vliet
Placement Coordinator kvandervliet@op.ac.nz

My role involves building Provider relationships and connecting Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health Wellness) students with local community, National and International providers for placement opportunities. Also assisting and supervising the development of wellness programmes.

Stefan Austin (U001158)

Helen McDermott (U001206)