Jamie is the co-developer and a director of VX Sport and the founder of XLR8 Sports Training. For 20 years he has worked in the sports industry from grassroots to professional sport as a strength and conditioning coach (S&C)… among other things and across no less than 6 national level sports. Most recently, Jamie is the lead S&C for the NZ Rugby Referees and the Black Ferns, where a passion for coaching and 'practical' technology can meet. A mantra of doing 'less things more' resonates as a key learning for Jamie with the flood of newly available technologies and innovation over the last 6-7 years.
VX Sport now spans 26 countries and more than 150 teams, allowing Jamie to have a broad understanding of how technology is being used in many different environments from secondary schools curriculum, US Colleges, high performance sport and broadcast of LIVE updates on athlete performance during events for Quiksilver and Red Bull, as well as being the technology being the Ch9 Bupa Tracker (Cricket) and Telstra Tracker (Surf Life Saving).
With both Women's Rugby and Sports Technology both experiencing a huge surge in growth, it's proving to be exciting time for Jamie where he seeks the balance of 'sports speak' and 'tech talk'.
Strength and Conditioning Manager - National Training Centre (Auckland), HPSNZ
Kim has nearly 20 years of experience as a strength and conditioning (S&C) coach with high performance athletes and is currently S&C Manager at the High Performance Sport NZ National Training Centre (Auckland), Lead of S&C for the NZ Olympic Yachting team, support S&C coach for Dame Valerie Adams and sport scientist/assistant S&C coach for the All Blacks. Kim is approaching the completion of his PhD at AUT's Sports Performance Research Institute NZ (SPRINZ), where his research focuses on enhancing sprint performance in team sport athletes, the effect of wearable resistance on sports training and the use of radar technology for profiling sprint performance.
Kim has previously worked as Head of S&C for the Auckland Rugby team, the NZ Blacks Ferns rugby team and the Kintetsu rugby team in Japan. In 2016/17 he was an external S&C consultant with Team New Zealand leading into the 2017 America's Cup.
Case Study: How NZ sports are using technology to drive innovation.