8 Nov 2012
The first in line to the British throne and future New Zealand Head of State will be at AUT Millennium on Monday 12 November to meet top Kiwi athletes and AUT sport scientists.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, will be in Auckland as part of a tour of Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne.
The visit will begin in the public pool at approximately 10.30am where they will meet double Olympic freestyle gold medallist Danyon Loader and sprint canoeist Lisa Carrington who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics.
Tour of sports labs
Their Royal Highnesses will then be escorted to the AUT Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand laboratories at the far end of AUT Millennium. They will have an explanation of the SPRINZ physiology laboratory and environmental chamber from Associate Professor Andrew Kilding. Professor Mike McGuigan, who is Val Adams’s New Zealand strength and conditioning coach, will explain how the strength and conditioning laboratory is used by high performance athletes from a range of codes.
Their Royal Highnesses will then view an athlete in the SPRINZ running mechanics clinic with an explanation from Professor Patria Hume. The pair will then go downstairs to the High Performance Sport New Zealand gym where they will meet more top athletes including rower Mahe Drysdale and gold medal winning sailors Jo Aleh and Olivia Powery.
After being greeted by students from Glenfield Intermediate, the couple will watch Olympic athletes Brent Newdick, Sarah Cowley and shot put world record holder Jacko Gill practising around the outdoor track.
New Zealand tour
The Prince and Duchess will be in Auckland for two days from November 11 before heading to Palmerston North, Wellington and finally Christchurch where they will leave the country on November 16.
The Governor General website has more information on the Royal Tour to Australia and New Zealand.