Otago Polytechnic

Head of Department

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

Megan is the Head of College of Te Ohu Ora, (Sport, Adventure, Massage and Occupational Therapy). Megan joined Otago Polytechnic at the beginning of 2007.She has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, and last year was the recipient of a National award in Excellence in Tertiary Teaching . She is a New Zealand Athletics coach, and well recognised within Otago 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
School Administrator Katec@op.ac.nz

General school administration for Sport and AdventureSargood Gallery bookings

Jo Morrison
62668 jom@op.ac.nz

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 co-facilitates 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, White-water Kayak, Sea Kayak, Rock Climbing, Bush and Outdoor Safety Management. He also has a NZCA Coaching Level 1, Diploma in Adult Teaching and a Post-graduate 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

Peter Eley
Senior Lecturer / Programme Lead peley@op.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. & Middlemas, S. G. (2017) I’m Screwed: A Client's Perspective on the Influence of ‘Schema’ in Response to and Recovery From Serious Injury Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, Decembers 2016 Vol 26 (2) pp. 25-34.

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

Matt is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Leader for postgraduate studies in the conditioning speciality. Matt has a Masters in Physical Education from the University of Otago and Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching from Otago Polytechnic He has led the development of new programmes (Diploma in Personal Training and Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning) and was involved in the recent development of the postgraduate programmes for the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure at Otago Polytechnic. In 2014 Matt was awarded an OP Excellence in Leadership. His passion is with physical activity and nutrition, especially conditioning for elite-level athletes. Matt has his own consultancy business working with World Rugby. He has experience in postgraduate supervision, taking a student-led approach and encouraging creative thinking.

Publications and Research

Blair, M (2016) Training Volume (VT) Oceania Rugby Sport Science and Sport Medicine Conference, Nadi, Fiji, 9 - 10 February. This presentation was included in the Day 2 Session 8 Player welfare Session

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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

Hayden is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Leader for the Performance Analysis Postgraduate Diploma. Haydens expertise lies in a variety of areas all focused on advancing coaching through the use of innovative technologies and performance analysis. This has included work with the All Blacks, Highlanders, Otago Rugby, Oceania Rugby and Southern Steel Netball. A winner of the Innovation in Sport category at the 2015 Otago Sports Awards Hayden currently manages performance analysis with the Southern Steel netball team (2012-present) and the Otago ITM Cup rugby team (2013-present). He has a Master in Physical Education (Biomechanics) and a Bachelor in Physical Education (Sports Science Prescription), both from the University of Otago. He is currently working on his PhD (Performance Analysis) at AUT, which focuses on guiding coaches through large data sets, as well as holding the interim Chairperson position with the NZ Performance Analysis Working Group. Hayden provides immersion style learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Publications and Research

Lamb, P. & Croft, H. (2016) Visualizing Rugby Game Styles Using Self-Organizing Maps IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, Graphically Speaking. November/December 2016. Editor: André Stork

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Kimberly Park
Senior Lecturer kpark@op.ac.nz

Brendon Timmins
Senior Lecturer btimmins@op.ac.nz

  Simon Body
Lecturer sbody@op.ac.nz

Simon has a Batchelor of physical education from the University of Otago (1997) and completed the Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning at Otago Polytechnic (2011). He has been involved with three international rugby teams, the latest being Fiji from 2014-2016. He lectures at the Institute of Sport and Adventure and is currently completing his Masters in Professional Practice. Published research includes the relationship between physical metrics and game success with elite rugby sevens players (httpwww.tandfonline.comeprintH667rwPnwzBDvaN9myKAfull), and his current research is investigating movement dysfunctions and possible movement corecctions and their relationships with strength and conditioning.For additional information please see the following link httpshail.tootago-polytechnic-researcharticlehLFNdcn

  Richard Humphrey
Principal Lecturer & Ethics Committee Chair RHumphrey@op.ac.nz

Richard is a Principal Lecturer and Chair of the Otago Polytechnic Research Ethics Committee. Richard has a Master of Science (Exercise Health and Nutrition) and a Master of Philosophy (Exercise Nutrition and Public Health), both from the University of Bristol. His research interest is in the therapeutic use of exercise. His teaching includes research methods, exercise and health related topics and the research projects on the undergraduate degree. His approach to supervision is holistic and focussed on social science projects with a health component.

Publications and Research

Humphrey, R.A. (2015) The Challenges of Implementing the New Brunswick Declaration in an Ethics Committee that Operates in a Multidisciplinary Institution Ethics in Practice Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, May 22–24 2015.

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  Markham Brown
Lecturer mbrown@op.ac.nz

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  Simon Middlemas
Principle Lecturer SMiddlemas@op.ac.nz

Simon is a Principal Lecturer and Research Coordinator at the Otago Institute of Sport Adventure (Otago Polytechnic). Following a BA (Hons) in Sport Studies at Northumbria University, in the UK, Simon completed an MSc in Sport Exercise Psychology and a PhD in Sport Psychology Performance Analysis, both from Loughborough University, focused on the use of video feedback in the psychological preparation of elite youth football players and coaches. Simon also works as a sport psychology consultant within elite and development sport, including for Otago Rugby Football Union and a previous role with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), with clients such as Great Britain (GB) Swimming, GB VolleyballBeach Volleyball, England Netball, The British Equestrian Federation and the English Football Association. He is a Health and Care Professionals Council registered Psychologist (Practitioner), and has worked with teams at Olympic (Beijing, London), world, European and Commonwealth Games. Simons current research interest is in the psychological factors influencing the use of video feedback.

Publications and Research

Croft,H. Middlemas, S. & Lamb, P. (2016) An Application of Self-organizing Maps to Performance Analysis data in rugby union sport. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, Volume 15, Number 3, December 2015, pp. 1037-1046(10)

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  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 Pre-hospital Emergency Care (PHEC).

Ash Rohloff
Clinical Supervisor AshR@op.ac.nz

  Jacky Keen
Lecturer JackyK@op.ac.nz

Jacky Keen, Lecturer with the Massage Programme and ownerpractitioner of Waimate Therapeutic. Entrusted with the wellbeing of others, Jacky facilitates student learning in the artful merge of massage ancient perceptive hands on skills and science of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. Thus bringing a sense of joy, awareness and aliveness to learning Jacky links student classroom time to real workplace experiences, supervised massage clinics on and off campus and newly created work environments.Qualifications Apparel Technology and Administration Certificate, New Zealand Association of Therapeutic Massage Practitioner Diploma, Christine Impey Shiatsu Diploma, Claire Anthony Certificate in Aromatherapy, Capable NZ Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching. Email Jacky.Keen 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)