What is now a state-of-the-art centre of sporting excellence was once an old, vacant building – formerly the home to the Mount Cosmopolitan Club. The window of opportunity to transform the building was realised by Bay Venues and Tauranga City Council.
It has become a multi-stakeholder project that grew to include The University of Waikato as the key strategic partner. That partnership has taken the centre from being the country’s largest high performance gym to also being a leading provider of testing and research into sport science and human performance.
The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance will:
Put Tauranga on the map as a destination for high performance sport;
Attract, and retain, world class athletes (in the past high-potential athletes have relocated to other centres due to inadequate training facilities);
Be used to implement and promote community sport and development initiatives;
Build community pride through the attraction of high performance athletes and sports teams; and
Be the epicentre of cutting edge sport science, research and technology capabilities thanks to the strategic partnership with The University of Waikato.
Due to a strategic partnership with the University of Waikato, the centre is equipped with the very latest in sports science and research capability. The University of Waikato laboratory comes complete with an environmental chamber capable of controlling heat, humidity and altitude which is used for performance testing, research and recovery as well as acclimatising athletes for international conditions.
The centre’s state-of-the-art facilities include:
HIGH PERFORMANCE GYM & RECOVERY POOLS
A 650m2 gym packed with top-of-the-line equipment and a three lane sprint track. Hot and cold plunge pools to speed up recovery for training athletes.
SPORTS SCIENCE RESEARCH
A cutting-edge sports science laboratory incorporating an environmental chamber capable of controlling heat, humidity and altitude.
SPORTS MEDICINE & REHABILITATION
Athlete support services provided on site by Body in Motion High Performance Sport, including physiotherapy, massage and podiatry.
The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance is part of the Bay Venues family, a Tauranga City Council controlled organisation.
Justine holds the role of Chief Operating Officer for Bay Venues Limited which includes the overall responsibility of the Centre. Justine has held significant strategic planning roles in both the private and public sector.
Justine has been a high calibre rower of Olympic potential.
Gabriela has worked in the Sport and Recreation Industry for over 9 years with a background in administration, customer service and facility management. As Venue Manager she oversees all operations of the centre ensuring a high level of service to all users.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Through the University of Waikato Cory obtained a Bachelor in Sport and Leisure Studies and a Masters in Health Sport and Human Performance. He is responsible for all aspects of the Adams Academy initiative including sport specific strength and conditioning programme development, delivery and supervision.
Cory was a stand-out boxer and competed in Waka Ama representing NZ at a national and international level in both sports.
BOP RUGBY UNION
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union was established in 1911. It has a very proud rugby tradition and heritage. Over the years it has produced many New Zealand representatives in the All Blacks, NZ Maori, NZ 7’s, NZ Women’s Rugby 15’s & 7’s; as well as representative Coaches and support staff at Provincial and International level. They now have what it refers to as a “world class environment to train in, with some of the best facilities in New Zealand” at its disposal. The Centre’s location also works well for their squads. Blake Park’s sporting fields and courts are on the doorstep.
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The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance is a prime example of how collaboration can achieve transformational outcomes.
This sporting success story has come about as a result of a strategic partnership between:
Tauranga City Council
The University of Waikato
The University of Waikato is the centre’s tertiary partner. The partnership has enabled the university to be a facilitator of post-graduate sports science education within a high performance sport environment in the Bay of Plenty.