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 develop 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.
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SPORTS MEDICINE & REHABILITATION
Athlete support services provided on site by Body in Motion High Performance Sport, including physiotherapy, massage and podiatry.
MEET THE TEAM
The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance is part of the Bay Venues family, a Tauranga City Council controlled organisation.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Loretta is extremely passionate about strength and conditioning and long-term athlete development. Loretta has an experienced background in business development, skill acquisition and coaching, and holds a Bachelors, Masters and International ASCA Strength & Conditioning qualifications. Loretta collaboratively plans and facilitates all gym sessions for Academy athletes with assistance from the other Academy coaches.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
University of Waikato PHD student completing his PHD in eccentric resistance training. Conor has had recent experience working with American elite athletes at the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado.
He assists with strength and power testing as well as programme design.
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
As a keen athlete Ethan has achieved two NZ titles as a sprinter in 2018 and in 2019 Ethan was third in the 200m Open.
He has been training at the Adams Centre for a few years and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and is motivated to learn and get started in the industry.
Speed and Agility Coach
Kerry has a wealth of elite high performance experience and qualifications which includes:
Head Coach at several Olympics, World Champs and Commonwealth Games over the last 20 years
Director of Coaching for Athletics NZ and current Coordinator of Sprints and Relays for Athletics NZ
International Athletics Association Federation Lecturer
With over 10 years’ experience in the Sport and Recreation industry, Gabriela has a background in administration, customer service and facility management. She has a hand in every aspect of the business and as Venue Manager she oversees all operations of the centre ensuring a high level of service to all users.
THE UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO
The University’s 265 m2 of tenancy space includes a purpose-built laboratory, within which can be found a state-of-the-art environmental chamber. The laboratory is used for the purpose of sports science and research as well as athletic performance testing. The hi-tech environmental chamber’s capabilities include the ability to control specific heat and humidity requirements. It can also simulate a high altitude environment. The University’s leading-edge space is staffed by academic professionals specialising in sports science and human performance, with that group including both Masters and PhD students carrying out research.
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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.