I’d first of all like to acknowledge my supervisors
Dr. Robert Newton and Assoc.Prof. Roger Bronks
who gave me the freedom to pursue my research interestswhile keeping a firm watch over me. Their belief in my ability has given me theconfidence to complete my this thesis.
Assoc. Prof. Greg Wilson
who brought me to Southern Cross University andensured that I remembered exactly what I was wanted to research and was notonly my first PhD supervisor, but also helped me through many tough times.My fellow postgraduates,
Nick Gill, Anthony Giorgi, Tony Shield, AdamBryant, Nathan Deans and Phil Smith
who all at some point or another helpedme with my research and put up with my whingeing.
The School of Exercise Science and Sport Management
for providing me withthe opportunity to develop my knowledge in the Sport Science field, and forproviding the funding for my research. Also, the American Society ofBiomechanics whose Student Grant-in-Aid progam jointly funded my research.
Mr. Terry Woods
for having faith in my teaching and researching ability andallowing me to teach while completing the final stages of my Thesis.
My parents, Ron and Yvonne
, and my
for letting me know thatit wasn’t just OK, but obligatory for me to fulfil my ambition to become the bestsports scientist I could be even though I’d have to live as a student for manyyears.To all of the
, and my friends in Lismore, who so graciously gave theirtime and effort to help me. Many of my subjects offered their time and support forlittle personal reward, I will never forget that.