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Relay - 10 March 2010

Passing on topical information and research in the sport and physical recreation sector.


New Zealand Sport and Recreation Sector Awards Finalists 2010 - 4 Mar 2010
The judges on the panel considering entries for the New Zealand Sport and Recreation Sector Awards had some tough deliberations on their hands when they met in Auckland on 24 February to decide the finalists. (SPARC website)

SPARC has announced a $3 million investment in New Zealand Rugby League - 2 Mar 2010
SPARC CEO Peter Miskimmin says the $3 million investment reflects SPARC's confidence in the work the NZRL has done to implement the recommendations of the independent review chaired by Sir John Anderson. (SPARC website)

High Performance Sport

Argentina joining Rugby Tri Nations - 10 Mar 2010
Argentina is set to join the Tri Nations in 2012 after International Rugby Board (IRB) chairman Bernard Lapasset confirmed the body would provide a crucial funding package for the project. (NZ Rugby Union)

'CGF confident of safe and successful Delhi CWG' - 5 Mar 2010
The CGF CEO Mike Hooper today assured the concerned foreign athletes by saying the security planning for the Commonwealth Games is satisfactory and that India would host a safe and successful event in October. (Delhi 2010)

Networking key to Olympic success - 5 Mar 2010
Networking and cooperation in the elite high-performance sports sector holds the key to New Zealand athletes winning more Olympic medals, says marketing researcher Simon Martin. (Massey University, NZ)

BOA and USOC agree landmark deal - 5 Mar 2010
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has signed a "groundbreaking" agreement with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to help develop Olympic sports in both countries and around the world. (Sports City)

IOC tells bidding cities: ask why not how - 9 Mar 2010
The International Olympic Committee is more interested in "why" a city wants to host an Olympic Games rather than "how" they are able to do it, according to IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. (SportBusiness International)

Vancouver ready for the Paralympic Games - 3 Mar 2010
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games have ended, but Vancouver continues to welcome the world, and is getting ready for the Paralympic Games, which will kick off with an Opening Ceremony on 12 March 2010. (The Olympic Movement)

A Legacy For The Long Term - 5 Mar 2010
The Vancouver 2010 story has not finished with the extinguishing of the Olympic flame. The work carried out by the organisers of these Games over the last seven years will leave a long-lasting legacy to the city, region and country. (The Olympic Movement)

London 2012 Olympic Stadium reaches full height - 5 Mar 2010
The first of the Olympic Stadium's lighting towers has been successfully lifted into place, taking the venue to its full height – 60m above the field of play. (London 2012)

London 2012 makes most of learning opportunities in Vancouver - 28 Feb 2010
As the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games draw to a close, London 2012 organisers have been taking advantage of the final opportunity to experience and learn from an Olympic Games, before London becomes the next Olympic Host City. (London 2012)

Sports Development

Netball New Zealand presents four Service Awards - 2 Mar 2010
Four prestigious Service Awards were presented at Netball New Zealand's 2010 Annual General Meeting, held in Auckland last weekend. (Netball NZ)

Walker steps down as Tennis NZ CEO - 8 Mar 2010
After three years in the role Steve Walker is stepping down as Tennis New Zealand CEO. (Tennis NZ)

IPC Athlete Career Programme Signed in UK and Ireland - 3 Mar 2010
Adecco Group UK and Ireland recently announced that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athlete Career Programme (ACP) would be extended to British and Irish Paralympians for the first time helping Paralympic athletes find their place in the workforce following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (International Paralympic Committee)

Victorian Code of Conduct for Community Sport - 1 Mar 2010
Every person in Victoria has the right to participate in community sport which is safe, welcoming and inclusive. Equally everyone plays a part in ensuring their actions and behaviours are supportive of these values. (Sport and Recreation Victoria, Australia)

Wellington Region Unveils Cup Website - 1 Mar 2010
The focus on the Wellington region's readiness for Rugby World Cup 2011 was given a high-profile boost today, with the launch of, a new online portal or one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to know anything about RWC 2011 in the region. (Wellington City Council, NZ)

eventIMPACTS Toolkit launched at 2010 Legacy Lives Conference - 4 Mar 2010
eventIMPACTS provides guidelines for the evaluation of social, economic, environmental and media related impacts associated with staging major sporting and cultural events and aims to help create an industry standard in evaluating the impact of events. (Event Scotland, UK)

Management Matters: A survey of volunteer management capacity in New Zealand: A preliminary report of the findings - Mar 2010
In partnership with Volunteering New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington undertook a nationwide survey of Managers of Volunteers between November 2009 and February 2010. This is a summary of the preliminary findings of the study. (Volunteering NZ)

A Review of the Literature on Volunteering, Disability and Sport - Jul 2009
This literature review focuses on sports volunteering and disability. The review was undertaken as part of a wider practically orientated volunteering project Inspire to Lead that was specifically aimed at young disabled people. (English Federation of Disability Sport)

Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector in Australia - 11 Feb 2010
There is a need for wide-ranging reforms to remove unnecessary burdens and costs faced by the not-for-profit sector and improve its accountability. This is the key message of a research report released recently by the Productivity Commission. (Australian Government, Productivity Commission)

Sports Science, Medicine and Coaching

Distance Running Event Coaches Appointed at Athletics NZ - 23 Feb 2010
Maria Hassan has been appointed the Athletics New Zealand National Event Coach for Middle Distance. Craig Motley will be the Event Manager for Endurance and will also act as the assistant Middle Distance Coach. (Athletics NZ)

New research links life balance and sports performance - 26 Feb 2010
Sporting performance may be boosted by a well-balanced lifestyle combining work, study and training, according to the preliminary findings of a new study of Australian elite athletes. (Australian Sports Commission)

The Olympic winning recipe - 1 Mar 2010
What's the secret to Norway's Olympic success? Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) explain the mystery behind the magic. (Alpha Galileo, Europe)

Coaches' perceptions of competence and acknowledgement of training needs related to professional competences - Mar 2010
The purpose of the present study was to examine coaches' perceptions of competence and acknowledgement of training needs related to professional competences according to the professional experience and academic education. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)

How Swimming Impacts on Your Triathlon - 22 Feb 2010
Triathletes are too often focused on times when deciding where they need to improve. However it's important to recognize that a change in time in the swim will change your placing in the race and this can affect the rest of your day. (Endurance Sport NZ)

Endurance training: large amounts of low-intensity training can develop base conditioning and aid recovery - 3 Mar 2010
How a train low, train high approach can lead to increased performance. (Peak Performance)

Biggest Marathon, Half-Marathon Training Mistakes - 1 Mar 2010
Runners, both newbies and elite, often spend months training for the 13.1- and 26.2-mile races. Robert Chapman, director of the Human Performance Laboratory in Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, discusses four common mistakes runners make when preparing for these major races. (Science Daily)

Trunk rotation and weight transfer patterns between skilled and low skilled golfers - Mar 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine trunk rotational patterns and weight transfer patterns that may differentiate swing skill level in golfers. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)

Screening athletes could prevent sudden deaths - 1 Mar 2010
Several of the nearly 100 young US athletes who die suddenly and unexpectedly during sports every year could be saved through more effective screening for heart problems, US researchers suggested in a new study published recently. (Reuters Health)

A displaced stress fracture of the femoral neck in an adolescent female distance runner with female athlete triad: A case report - 5 Mar 2010
This report presents a case of a displaced stress fracture of the femoral neck in an adolescent female distance runner with amenorrhea. (Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy and Technology)

A Winning Strategy: Don't Play Through Pain - 24 Feb 2010
Sometimes athletes can be their own worst enemy especially when they continue to play following an injury to a foot or ankle. (Medical News Today)

Air Pollution May Affect Women's Marathon Performance - 1 Mar 2010
A comprehensive marathon study from the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine indicates poor air quality may hinder women's marathon times. (ACSM)

Minor Variations in One Gene May Be Associated With Endurance Running - 21 Feb 2010
A few minor variations in one gene may make a difference in athletic endurance, according to a new study from Physiological Genomics. (Science Daily)

Ground reaction force differences between running shoes, racing flats, and distance spikes in runners - Mar 2010
This study measured the differences in ground reaction forces between running shoes, racing flats, and distance spikes in order to provide information about the potential effects of footwear on injury risk in highly competitive runners. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)

Sports nutrition: is dietary nitrate the key to enhanced endurance performance? - 2 Mar 2010
Recent research suggests that not only is dietary nitrate far from harmful, it could actually significantly aid mental and physical performance for athletes. (Peak Performance)

The effects of theaflavin-enriched black tea extract on muscle soreness, oxidative stress, inflammation, and endocrine responses to acute anaerobic interval training: a randomized, double-blind, crossover study - 23 Feb 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine whether a high-potency, black tea extract (BTE) alters the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), oxidative stress, inflammation, and cortisol (CORT) responses to high-intensity anaerobic exercise. (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition)

Active Communities

Health Survey for England 2008: Focus on physical activity and fitness - Feb 2010
This document summaries the key findings from the 2008 Health Survey for England concerning the physical activity levels of adults and children. (BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health)

Blueprint for an Active Australia - 24 Feb 2010
The Heart Foundation of Australia has launched a new Blueprint for an Active Australia. The Blueprint provides key actions that can increase physical activity levels in Australia in the year's to 2013. (Australasian Leisure Management)

Scotland to become an "active nation" - 1 Mar 2010
Active Nation, part of the games legacy for Scotland, will use the inspirational affect of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to motivate Scots to increase their physical activity and live longer healthier lives. (sport Scotland)

Building Sport for Life: The Next Phase - Feb 2010
The Irish Sports Council recently launched a new three year strategy for 2009-2011, Building Sport for Life: The Next Phase. (Irish Sports Council)

Are families physically active together or couch potatoes? - 1 Mar 2010
A new study that examines how physical activity fits into family life has found families rarely take part in physical activity as a family because of the demands of work, school and the different interests of family members. (University of Bristol, UK)

Soccer Reduces Risk Of Falls And Bone Fractures - 4 Mar 2010
Five scientific articles are being published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports showing that regular participation in soccer increases both bone mass and bone density, causes a significant improvement in standing postural balance and improves muscle strength. (Medical News Today)

Exercise Counters Negative Effects Of Weight Regain, MU Researchers Find - 4 Mar 2010
University of Missouri researchers have found that exercising during weight regain can maintain improvements in metabolic health and disease risk. (Medical News Today)


Kiwis take "unnecessary risks" on the beach - 3 Mar 2010
While almost 100% of New Zealanders plan to visit a beach at least once during the summer, 47% expect to swim at a beach not patrolled by Surf Lifeguards according to a survey conducted by DHL. (Surf Life Saving NZ)

Queensland Outdoor Adventure Standards Launched - 26 Feb 2010
The new Queensland Adventure Activity Standards (AAS), are a comprehensive set of voluntary guidelines to help the outdoor recreation industry maintain safe operating procedures. (Queensland Government, Australia)

Queensland School Grounds to Become Public Open Space? - 2 Mar 2010
Queenslanders are to be consulted on how school ovals and playing fields could be transformed into recreational green spaces in the lead up to the Queensland Growth Management Summit on 30th and 31st March. (Australasian Leisure Management)

Nothing Ventured...Balancing risks and benefits in the outdoors - Mar 2010
Within education and children's services, there is growing awareness of the value for children of learning experiences that take place outside the classroom. (English Outdoor Council, UK)


Cycle trail development continues in Central North Island - 22 Feb 2010
The overall vision for "Nga Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail" is to generate lasting economic, environmental and social benefits for local communities by providing a network of "Great Rides" through some of the countries most beautiful scenery. (Department of Conservation, NZ)

Canterbury Park Management Plan consultation opens - 3 Mar 2010
A vision for one of Christchurch's most prominent parks is outlined in a draft management plan for Canterbury Park that opens for consultation on Monday, 8 March. (Christchurch City Council, NZ)

UK Sports Minister heralds 'fantastic' SportPark at Loughborough University - 28 Feb 2010
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Ben Bradshaw MP has praised the visionary thinking behind Loughborough University's SportPark project. (Loughborough University, UK)

Olympic Village is dense and green, but human scale? - Mar 2010
After innumerable design reviews, worrisome cost overruns, and the bailing out of its developer, the Olympics athletes village in Vancouver, British Columbia, opened in February to a burst of public praise. (New Urban News)

Young People

CDC Issues Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit - 22 Feb 2010
The Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit highlights specific strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity. (National School Boards Association, US)

The Link Between Recess and Academics - Mar 2010
There is an argument that recess takes time away from academics. This article discusses this argument to try and determine if it is based on fact. (Moving and Learning, US)

Students' physical fitness associated with academic achievement - 2 Mar 2010
Physical fitness is associated with academic performance in young people, according to a report presented at the American Heart Association's 2010 Conference on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism. (American Heart Association)

Beyond the Classroom: Using Title IX to Measure the Return to High School Sports - Feb 2010
This paper examines the causal implications of this expansion in female sports participation by using variation in the level of boys' athletic participation across states before Title IX to instrument for the change in girls' athletic participation. (University of Pennsylvania, US)

People Make Play: The impact of staffed play provision on children, families and communities - Mar 2010
This report, shows how staffed play services, often run by the voluntary sector, are an increasingly vital element in the multi-agency approach to improving outcomes for children, families and communities. (Play England)

Effect of school based physical activity programme (KISS) on fitness and adiposity in primary schoolchildren: cluster randomised controlled trial - 23 Feb 2010
The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a school based physical activity programme during one school year on physical and psychological health in young schoolchildren. (British Medical Journal)

Help for children to become more active - 8 Mar 2010
A new team of specially trained coaches are being deployed to help children become more active – setting them on the path to a healthier future. (Skills Active, UK)

Useful Weblinks

Statistics NZ Business Toolbox
This free suite of online tools provides quick and easy access to 2006 NZ Census data via the Market Mapper and Industry Profiler. With Market Mapper, organisations can create a population density map to visually pinpoint their potential target market by selecting characteristics such as age, income, household composition, and family type.


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