Samuel McKenzie - The 1st XV Rugby Experience in New Zealand (Repost)

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This week I’m winding the clock back to May 2020 when I sat down with my good friend Samuel McKenzie.

In 2019, Sam completed his Master’s degree at AUT University focusing on 1st XV rugby players’ perceptions of their coaching environment. Sam’s research findings have had a huge impact on the way I think about environments for developing skilled, creative and resilient athletes and so, heading into the winter season, I thought I’d share our conversation again.

Sam now works as a coach developer in the talent pathway for the AFL. We pick the conversation up hearing Sam talk about how experiencing some of the darker side of sport drives the work that he loves today.


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