Director, Performance Wellbeing – Sport and Exercise Science
After drawing the curtain on her stellar hockey career, three-time Olympian Gemma McCaw is dedicated to sharing her skills and knowledge in the field of health and wellness.With a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, the Performance Wellbeing co-founder works with both individuals and groups to help them reach their full potential. Her innate understanding and experience gained from her decade-long Black Sticks journey has given her a unique insight into resilience-building, teamwork and fostering good habits. It’s also given her the skills to cope with the highs and lows of high-performance sport all learnings which can be transferred to everyday life.
As a busy mum to daughter Charlotte, she knows all too well the challenges many of us face on a daily basis when it comes to juggling the demands of home, work, happiness and health. But she continues to learn and grow, constantly inspired by the people she meets through her work and personal life.
In her role as a New Zealand Olympic Ambassador, Gemma visits schools and talks to students about the importance of friendship, values and respect in sport and in life. She’s also a proud patron of the Chalky Carr Trust, which raises funds for those affected by cancer.
Gemma has a unique ability to connect with people of all ages and from all walks of life, and is committed to helping others build the confidence to achieve their very best. She is passionate about helping people understand that small steps towards health and wellbeing can go a long way.
Anna is a former high performance athlete who represented NZ at two Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games where she won a gold and two silver medals. She was consistently ranked in the top 10 in the world during her swimming career with a highlight of setting a world short course record in 1992.
Currently working for High Performance Sport NZ as an Athlete Life Advisor and a proud mother of 3 children, Anna is passionate about wellbeing and working with people to realise their full potential. She believes in a values and strengths based approach and brings energy, compassion and humour to the work she does.
Sarah is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, with 15 years’ experience working across multiple organisations in New Zealand and Australia including; Finance Recruitment, Education, Specialist Mental Health services, ACC and the Department of Corrections.
Sarah has specialist expertise in the area of anxiety prevention and promotion of well-being and currently holds several roles as a Clinical Educator and Post Graduate Lecturer in Health Science, University of Canterbury, School Psychologist at Christ’s College and Director of Performance Wellbeing.
Sarah translates the latest scientific evidence into practical tools to help people develop their own well-being and enhance performance of individuals, teams and organisation.
Director Expert High Performance Sport & Mental Skills
John has extensive expertise and experience in the areas of Mental Skills, Well-being and high performance across multiple contexts from sports teams, organisational coaching and individual support.
John has worked closely with many of our national sporting teams and individuals including; New Zealand Cricket, New Zealand Softball, New Zealand Golf, Tasman Mako Rugby, and Tactix Netball. John continues to work alongside High Performance Sport New Zealand, Crusaders Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, New Zealand Bowls, Canterbury Cricket and Christs’ College.
Outside the context of sport, John has worked closely with organisations providing individual and group coaching within the areas of; leadership, performance skills, and wellbeing to ensure they are working to their potential and flourishing inside and outside the work place.