Master of Sport, Exercise and Health student
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation
She feels fortunate to be able to work closely with New Zealand Cricket for her master’s degree research, says Teigan Bond who is currently studying a Master of Sport, Exercise and Health, specialising in Sport Leadership and Management.
“My research focuses on women in sport governance in New Zealand Cricket. It’s an area I’m passionate about, and my research will explore how the contributions of women are perceived and included within cricket governance. It will provide recommendations to New Zealand Cricket to help them tackle the concept of navigating inclusion and create a more inclusive board culture at the district level.”
Teigan says gender disparity in sport leadership is a topic she has been passionate about since she first heard about the issue as an undergraduate student.
“I had a bit of a lightbulb moment in my sport leadership class in the third year of my bachelor’s degree when we started to learn about gender disparities in sport leadership, especially in New Zealand. That learning really sparked a passion in me to understand why this was happening and to help pave the way for women in sport leadership.”
Teigan’s master’s degree research is being supervised by Dr Mel Johnston and Professor Lesley Ferkins from AUT’s School of Sport and Recreation.
An enjoyable university journey
For Teigan, the AUT journey began with enrolling in a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation; a qualification she completed in 2019.
“I decided to come to AUT to study a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation because AUT has a reputation for being a hands-on university and its School of Sport and Recreation is ranked as one of the best in the world. I’ve loved that the classes at AUT are often small, the lecturers know their students by name and we have access to some incredible resources. There are also many opportunities for extra support and one-on-one help if you need it. That is amazing.”
Because she thoroughly enjoyed her undergraduate degree, it was an easy decision for Teigan to return to AUT for postgraduate study.
“I chose the Master of Sport, Exercise and Health because I wanted to further my studies in an area I’m really passionate about, and this degree will enable me to step into the sport industry with confidence once I graduate in 2022. My goal is to work in the leadership and management space, hopefully in rugby.”
Degrees that open doors
Teigan wouldn’t hesitate to recommend AUT’s sport and recreation programmes to other students.
“The Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and the Master of Sport, Exercise and Health can both help you turn your passion for sport into a career that will contribute to the sport and recreation industry in New Zealand. There are so many pathways to choose from!”
Being able to network with sport and recreation organisations has been one of her highlights of studying at AUT.
“I’ve enjoyed the opportunities to go into the industry, make connections and attend events that have enabled me to meet some amazing people. I’ve also loved the flexibility – especially during my master’s degree – to choose my own path and study things that really interest me.”