Regan Standing

Regan Standing

Senior Academic Staff Member

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Why did I choose to become a lecturer?

I believe challenge and new experiences are a critical part of remaining healthy as an individual. A lecturer's role provides an ever-changing environment where we can be creative, push boundaries, interact with diverse people, and pursue areas of interest within our field. These opportunities mean we can enjoy our day to day work and therefore creates an element of longevity to what we do. The added benefits of watching and helping people reach their potential and have those moments of realisation in classes make this day to day work even more exciting.

What is my approach to teaching?

I feel my style of teaching displays my experience in a sports coaching environment. My classes are aimed to be interactive, engaging and breaking the mould of traditional lecturing experiences. I utilise numerous strategies to provide elements of discovery learning and problem-solving. I have high expectations of my students to put in the time needed to get them to where they need to be, as the spoon-feeding approach does not set students up to be world-class practitioners in their field. I would like to think I’m open-minded about incorporating new and exciting elements into classes, as I am very aware of how different people like to learn. I am open to feedback, and constructive criticism as this ultimately provides me with an opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and provide a more effective learning environment for my students. Honesty, energy and effort are things that I try to display in classes, as these are elements I hope to pass on to students as they move through their studies whilst here with us.

Why did I choose to become a lecturer?

Being a lecturer was never on my radar as an undergraduate student. However, through my coaching experiences and integration with different schools, athletes, and groups of people, I found that teaching and coaching were the same. I had a passion for sharing knowledge and helping people fulfil their underlying potential. I have had several key influencers in my life who I feel had a direct impact on my path, priorities, and confidence in myself, and I can honestly say I would not be where I am without their support and guidance. Lecturing allowed me to satisfy each of these needs, and I endeavour to be one of those influencers for others and help them find their path and confidence both in their careers and in life.

Experience in industry

  • Travelling jumps coach for New Zealand Oceania athletics team (2017-18)
  • Travelling jumps coach with St Peters athletic tour of USA (2015)
  • Coach of multiple New Zealand age group high jump champions
  • Member of Athletics New Zealand jumps advisory board
  • Coach of 20+ high jumpers in Waikato region, likely the single largest high jump squad in New Zealand
  • Performance analysis completed for high-performance Javelin camp (2017, 2015)
  • Performance testing for New Zealand rugby league
  • Presented at New Zealand jumps conference (2017)
  • Ex-New Zealand high jump champion and multiple time medallist
  • Ex-Oceania high jump champion
  • Commonwealth youth high jump representative (2008)
  • Top Wintec postgraduate student (2016)
  • Top Wintec bachelor student (2015)
  • Postgraduate research award (2015)
  • Contribution to sport award (2015)
  • Wintec academic scholarship (2012)
  • Top Wintec certificate student (2011)
  • 2014 Hamilton Hawks coach of the year

What are your industry affiliations?

  • Athletics New Zealand
  • Hamilton Hawks athletics club
  • St Paul’s Collegiate
  • Rototuna High School

What are your qualifications and educational background?

I have completed my Masters in Sport and Exercise Science, the base qualification for my academic portfolio. Outside of this, I have been proactive in obtaining numerous additional qualifications to enhance further my understanding and application of knowledge in this field. These have included a Certificate in Tertiary Education, an International Association of Athletics Federations level III lecturer’s qualification, as well as numerous short courses and upskilling workshops. These have been instrumental in staying at the forefront of the sport science sector and providing me with relevant and appropriate information to disseminate to the students I teach.

Areas of expertise/Research

Research: Published internationally as a lead and co-author in Coaching, Youth development, Polo, Parkour. I have also been a supervisor of numerous student projects in similar fields.

Expertise: Coaching, Biomechanics, Physiology, Performance analysis.

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