|Principal Academic Staff Member in the Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance|
Glynis is the Centre’s Postgraduate Programme Coordinator, the Exercise Prescription for Special Populations teaching and learning facilitator at undergrad, grad dip and postgraduate level, and leader of the Wintec Zone 2 Community Revitalisation project.
She started her academic journey in South Africa where she completed her BA and Master’s degrees in Human Movement Studies and Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch. After taking up a lecturer role, she completed her PhD through the University of Zululand. On moving to New Zealand, Glynis coordinated the 27th International Symposium for the International Council for Physical Activity and Fitness Research (ICPAFR) in 2013. Following this successful event, she was appointed to the ICPAFR Board as the Secretary General, a role she still holds. Glynis also sits on the Board for Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand (SESNZ) in the role of Accreditation Coordinator. Her current position as Principal Academic Staff member and Wintec Biokinetic Clinic Manager brings additional responsibilities for developing networks with health providers and sport trusts who have expertise and share an interest in promoting well-being through physical activity.
As an active researcher, Glynis has presented at international and national conferences. She recently was a keynote speaker at the South African Sport and Recreation Conference held in Potchefstroom, South Africa. She is invited regularly to act as an external reviewer for international journals and as an external examiner of Masters’ and PhD thesis research from institutes internationally and nationally.
Her research interests are related to physical activity and exercise for the prevention and treatment of risk factors for chronic diseases of lifestyle, and she has a passion for special populations such as children with learning problems. She is the principle investigator of the Fijian ViTAL project, an exercise intervention project that aims to understand the effect of physical activity on the risk factors of non-communicable diseases.