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Luke-MacrisPhD: Sport Policy / Sport Management

Michael Sam, Steven Jackson

Thesis Title:
The Modernisation of New Zealand Community Sport

MPhEd (Distinction) 2012; Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court, 2008; BPhEd and LLB (Hons) – University of Otago, 2007

Macris, L.I. & Sam, M.P. (2014) Belief, doubt and legitimacy in a performance system: National sport organization perspectives. Journal of Sport Management, 28(5), 529-550, doi:

Sam, M.P., & Macris, L.I. (2014). Performance regimes in sport policy: exploring consequences, vulnerabilities and politics. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 6(3), 513-532. doi: 10.1080/19406940.2013.851103

2013, Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. (Title: A rock and a hard place: Government, performance measurement and community sport)

2013-2015 University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship

I enjoy playing a wide variety of social grade sports such as cricket, squash, hockey, and golf. However, I am most passionate about football and futsal, having previously played in the Southern Premier League for over 10 years and represented Otago in the National Futsal League. While these days I just play socially, I am still heavily involved in the sports through coaching. I absolutely love coaching, particularly children, having coached Capital FTC squads and Capital Futsal teams to the National Youth Futsal Championships (U16 Boys Champions 2013 and 2014; U19 Girls Runners-up 2014).