Kerin McDonald

Kerin McDonald

Senior Academic Staff Member

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What do you love about your job?

I enjoy passing on knowledge and information to others and knowing that I am helping to support people towards their goals.  Furthermore, I work with a great bunch of people who are passionate about sport science and human performance.

How would you describe your approach to teaching?

I try to find engaging and varying ways to explain information and try to facilitate learning through a questioning approach. I also try and keep it fun and enjoyable with a bit of humour thrown in (I love a good dad joke!).

What is your experience in the industry?

I have worked in the outdoors and set up leadership programmes overseas as well as six years with Sport Waikato in several roles.  I have worked alongside a number of New Zealand representatives and have competed overseas myself.

What are your qualifications and educational background?

I have a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science and continue to chip away at my masters. I also have a level 4 business leadership qualification and a level 5 tertiary teaching certificate.

What are your areas of expertise/research?

My main areas of interest are muscular-skeletal anatomy and exercise physiology.  Most of my research sits within environmental physiology with a focus on acclimation in the heat and supporting ergogenics.

What is your greatest achievement?

  • Sporting – Competing through Europe in Athletics and more recently making the New Zealand Masters Ultimate Frisbee team.
  • Academic – Receiving Te Ara a Tāwhaki, Learner Success award at the Wintec Staff awards evening.
  • Personal – My two boys!

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Running, mountain biking, hiking, ultimate frisbee, music, the environment.

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