Sarah-Kate Millar

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Senior Lecturer - Coaching

Phone: 09 921 9999 x 7667


Links to relevant web pages:
Sports Performance Research New Zealand


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

Teaching Areas:

Skill Acquisition
Sports Coaching
Athlete Development

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
  • Alternative foot stretchers in rowing; a constraints approach
  • Perception-action, an ecological dynamics perspective
  • Enhancing coaches self-awareness


  • Millar, S. K. (2015). Athlete and coach agreement on successful rowing performance. Oar Sport, Summer.

  • Millar, S. K. (2014). Velocity matching and interception: The catching problem in rowing Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science Conference Melbourne

  • Millar, S. K. (2014). Timing in rowing – what makes a boat go fast? . Oar Sport, Autumn.

  • 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.

  • Millar, S. K., Oldham, A. R. H., & Renshaw, I. (2012). Interpersonal coupling in rowing : the mediating role of the environment. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34(Supp), 110-111.

  • 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. (2014). Interpersonal and extrapersonal coordination in high-performance rowing. (Doctoral thesis, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from

Last updated: 25-Nov-2015 10.01am

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