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Otago exercise academic wins “Educator of the Year”

Monday 21 December 2015 10:43am

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Otago's Lynnette Jones receiving her 2015 Educator of the Year, New Zealand Exercise Industry Award from Jennifer Schembri-Portelli, Chief Executive Officer of AUSTSWIM (company sponsor of this award category).

“Exercise is the most under-prescribed ‘medication’ available,” says Otago’s winner of the Educator of the Year Award at the 2015 New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards.

Dr Lynnette Jones of the School of Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Sciences received the award at a ceremony last month in recognition of her work in clinical exercise science – preparing students to work with individuals who have chronic illness or medical conditions

The judges said Dr Jones’ passion for physical activity and its integration into everyday health issues has inspired hundreds of students over the years.

"Many of our students are national and international sporting representatives, but I want them to understand that exercise is about more than sport performance – that it has a vast impact on health and wellbeing."

“Not only does she have the ability to communicate complex scientific concepts in ways even the utterly naïve can understand but she injects warmth, humour and a generosity of spirit into all of her teaching activities.”

Dr Jones says she was thrilled to receive the award.

“I felt surprised, elated, and humbled at the same time in winning this award. I was nominated by two previous students and to know that they went out of their way to put my name forward is quite special.”

Dean of the School of Physical Education Professor Doug Booth says Dr Jones is one of the School’s most effective teachers, having demonstrated inordinate consistency, commitment and dedication to teaching over a long period.

“Students consistently praise Lynnette for stimulating their interests and for the conspicuous time and effort that she puts into developing and presenting her lectures. It is wonderful to see the wider exercise industry acknowledge Lynnette’s teaching and mentoring.”

Dr Jones says she is passionate about the role of exercise in health and wellbeing.

“I am a firm believer that exercise is the most under-prescribed ‘medication’ we have available. Many of our students are national and international sporting representatives, but I want them to understand that exercise is about more than sport performance – that it has a vast impact on health and wellbeing.”