Associate Dean, AUT Millennium
Professor of Sport and Recreation
School of Sport and Recreation
The ocean - he’s either on it, in it or studying the impacts to it. Professor Mark Orams grew up around New Zealand's coast and his interest in and concern for the marine environment came from his love for the sports of sailing and surfing.
As the Head of School, Sport and Recreation, Professor Orams leads a diverse team of academics with widespread interests in the areas of sport and exercise science, sport leadership and management, coaching, health and physical education, physical activity and nutrition, outdoor recreation and education, and high performance sport.
Professor Orams' own interests focus on marine recreation and sport, high performance sport, leadership, coaching and outdoor education. A professional sailor who has raced around the world, he has been involved in two America’s Cups, has won multiple world and New Zealand titles and thus, has been involved in the top level of sport as an athlete, a coach and as a sports team leader.
Professor Orams remains active as a competitive sailor and coach and as an enthusiastic surfer, stand-up-paddle boarder and scuba diver. He serves as a trustee for many charities and is active in community work, particularly in helping the less privileged have opportunities for marine recreation and also as an advocate for marine conservation.