Congratulations to Adam Miles, one of our PhD candidates, who has been awarded the Sport Psychologist 2016 Young Researcher Award by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Foundation. Adam's award recognizes the most outstanding research abstract submitted by a graduate student or early career scholar member for AASP's Annual Conference.
Adam attended the AASP conference in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in October to receive the Human Kinetics sponsored $1,000 award. Selection of candidates for the award was a very competitive process with Adam being chosen from over 110 applicants with his research abstract being scored via a double blind review of over 190 conference abstract reviewers!
Adam, an international student from the UK, says his research which is supervised by Professor Ken Hodge "involves developing, implementing, and evaluating a life skills programme for professional cricketers in New Zealand.
The main aim of the project is to develop a programme that facilitates life skills learning to help promote performance and personal excellence in the participants."
Adam, a keen cricket player and coach at the North East Valley Cricket Club and Head Coach at Otago Boys' High School Cricket Club and Otago U19, is hoping to complete his research by 2018.
Adam says he has enjoyed the two years that he has spent in Dunedin. He loves Dunedin’s vibrant café scene and escaping to a number of the beautiful beaches on the Otago Peninsula. Adam has spent his breaks from study road–tripping around New Zealand. Outside of Dunedin, his favourite spot is the Abel Tasman National Park.