Two former AUT students who train at AUT Millennium have been confirmed in the New Zealand athletics team for the London Olympics.
Decathlete Brent Newdick and Heptatlete Sarah Cowley were the last two athletes to be named in the athletics team. It will be the first Olympics for both athletes.
Brent was training at his AUT Millennium base the day before departing on his Olympic Games campaign. The decathlete, who was up until recently studying at AUT, left for Cardiff on 30 June where he will be based with the rest of the New Zealand athletics team in the build-up to the London Olympics.
The decathlon, one of the more gruelling events at the Olympics, consists of 10 athletics disciplines spread over two days of intense competition. It requires a special blend of speed, strength, power, co-ordination, technique and endurance.
To get the blend right, Brent and Sarah have been using the High Performance Sport New Zealand training and recovery area. That area, combined with AUT’s Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) laboratory, is the National Training Centre and was opened last year by the president of the International Olympic Committee, Dr Jacques Rogge.
Adjacent to the National Training Centre is an indoor track with pole vault and high jump mats.
Next door is the outdoor track where they train for javelin, discus, hurdles and shot put.
Former physiotherapy student, Sarah Cowley, is a common sight at AUT Millennium Campus with her strength and conditioning coach, AUT’s Professor Mike McGuigan.
The 27-year-old Newdick is the reigning Commonwealth Games silver medallist. He has got to know a lot of other top athletes through training at AUT Millennium.
“We have the Breakers up here and then you turn around and it’s the swimming team and the rowers. It’s a good environment to be training,” he said.
Brent Newdick demonstrates his core strengthening workout at the AUT Millennium Campus.
AUT academics and students were at the London Olympics. The University’s Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) is the premier sport science research facility in New Zealand. Located at the AUT Millennium Campus, the SPRINZ laboratory is being used by sport scientists who work with athletes going to the next Olympics in Rio 2016.
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