Sarah-Kate Millar

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Lecturer - Coaching

Phone: 09 921 9999 x 7667


Links to relevant web pages:
Sports Performance Research In New Zealand


MSc – Sports Coaching ( University of Worcester UK ), BEd – Physical Education (University of Canterbury), Diploma of Teaching (Christchurch College of Education)

Teaching Areas:

Sports coaching

Research Areas:

  • Dynamical Systems
  • Skill Acquisition – Constraints led perspective
  • Coaches self-awareness and self-reflection
  • Sport Coaching Pedagogy

Research Summary:

My focus in on athlete-centred coaching approaches in both my work with coaches and students. I am particularly interested in enhancing coaches’ effectiveness through the use of constraints when working with athletes. Increasing coaches’ self-awareness of their own coaching and how this impacts on athlete learning is also a keen area of interest for me.

Current Research Projects:

  • Timing in rowing –a dynamical system perspective
  • Enhancing coaches self-awareness


  • Millar, S. K., Oldham, A. R. H., & Donovan, M. (2011). Coaches' Self-Awareness of Timing, Nature and Intent of Verbal Instructions to Athletes. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 6(4), 503-513.
  • Millar, S-K., & Oldham, T. (2009) Who is the most coached rower in an 8+? Oarsport. Winter 2009.
  • Millar, S-K. (2008), Coaches are not accurate in their awareness of what verbal instructions they utilise with their athletes.  The Sport and Exercise New Zealand Conference. Accepted abstract for proceedings and oral poster presented poster.
  • Millar, S. K., Oldham, A. R. H., & Renshaw, I. (2013). Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Extrapersonal? Qualitatively Investigating Coordinative Couplings between Rowers in Olympic Sculling. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences, 17(3), 425-443.

Last updated: 14-Feb-2014 8.33pm

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