ABOUT THE ATHLETE FACTORY:
THE ATHLETE FACTORY is a world class training facility based at 124 Aerodrome Road, Mt Maunganui.
We are not your standard gym! We are all about our members getting results! We are a programme-driven training facility with programmes to cater for the diverse needs of children, youth, high performance athletes and the general population.
At THE ATHLETE FACTORY we have three very distinct offerings:
LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUTH
Through our AF Kids and AF Youth programmes we offer a progressive and engaging approach to long-term athlete development. Each programme focuses on key fundamentals of training with a major emphasis on injury prevention.
SPORT SPECIFIC ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT
Through our AF Premium programme we offer an individualised service to athletes depending on their goals and current level of training. We partner with clubs and organizations to deliver a sport specific S&C and skills program for sports such as Rugby, Netball, Cricket and a broad range of other sports that run seasonally, enquire with us to know more.
MOVEMENT BASED COACHING FOR GENERAL POPULATION
Through our FitAF programme we offer a results-based approach to health, fitness and general wellbeing. This programme is focused on teaching the fundamental movements required to both achieve your long-term health and fitness goals, and also build strength and resilience.
Club sessions focus on strength and conditioning development alongside skill practice. Sessions are designed specific to your sport and the requirements advised by coaches. We work with youth teams through to elite team players.
KEY COACHING TEAM:
ROHAN KANDOI | HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Since moving to New Zealand in 2016, I have invested my time in studying and working in the space of strength and conditioning for youth and adult athletes. I have had the opportunity to intern at several elite clubs in Hamilton during my studies. Following this I spent over two years at St. John’s College as the strength and conditioning coach to all of their first team, second team and junior athletes. I also engaged with athletes from a wide range of sports, ages and level of physical and mental abilities by contracting to various individuals and clubs.
I am excited about helping everyone that walks through the doors at The Athlete Factory in achieving their goals.
BEN HOLLAND | STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
I started coaching as a Community Rugby Coach back on my home island of Guernsey. Since moving to New Zealand as a part of Inside Running Academy in 2019, I have continued to grow my love for coaching at THE ATHLETE FACTORY NZ. I am now the lead coach for our AF Kids programme as well as coaching across our other programmes, the Mount College Academy programmes and at MMI. I’m stoked to be part of an awesome team here at AF and my aim is to keep extending my knowledge whilst meeting heaps of awesome new people along the way.
TANDI KEET | STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
I’m from Ōpōtiki and Cape Town, South Africa, and I’ve been involved in high level sport all my life. I began my journey at AF as a member in 2020, when I returned to NZ after 15 years overseas. I started coaching here in March of 2021, heading the FitAF programme, our Keep on Your Feet falls prevention programme, and helping with some of our youth programmes. I’ve got a professional diploma in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, and am currently getting my Masters in Health, Sport, and Human Performance! When I’m not at AF, you can find me at the beach or on the rugby field, playing for the Mount Marlins Prems Women, coaching the Bay of Plenty U18 girls, or running analytics for the Bay of Plenty Steamers.
MIKE ROGERS | AF DIRECTOR | GENERAL MANAGER
I have been working in the sports management, coaching and rehabilitation sectors since 2003 and have a real passion for youth athlete development.
I believe that sport is the most effective method to develop leadership and positive character traits in youth.
It is these learnings through sport that enable our young people to grow holistically to face today’s physical and mental health challenges. I am extremely proud of THE ATHLETE FACTORY, and look forward to having a positive impact on the lives of many in the Tauranga and wider Bay of Plenty regions.
NICKY POW | ADMINISTRATOR
I am originally from Christchurch but have resided in Mt Maunganui, for the past ten years.
I work in a joint role between THE ATHLETE FACTORY and Inside Running and really enjoy the varied and sports-related nature of the job.
I am also a qualified gymnastics coach, so am really passionate about youth development through sport and as such I just love my job!
CRAIG NEWLAND | AF DIRECTOR | HEAD OF MEDICAL SERVICES
I have been working as a physiotherapist in the musculoskeletal and sports industry for the past ten years. During this time I have specialised in sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation, including completing a post-graduate diploma in Sports Medicine. Throughout my career I have worked within various musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy clinics together with several high performance sports teams and Athletes. In 2013 I established Foundation Sports & Rehabilitation Clinic. The team at Foundation play an integral part at THE ATHLETE FACTORY, working with our Strength and Conditioning team to improve our athlete’s skills and ability, while keeping them safe and injury free.
RACHEL SCRIVIN | SPORTS NUTRITIONIST & DIETICIAN
MSc, PG Dip Diet (Dist.), BCApSc, BPhEd, AdvSD, NZRD
Hi, I am a New Zealand Registered Dietitian (NZRD) and Advanced Sports Dietitian, accredited with Sports Dietitians Australia. I have over 22 years’ experience working with high performance athletes, weekend warriors, and people wanting reliable, evidence based nutrition information. I have worked as a senior Clinical Dietitian in both New Zealand and London hospitals, as a contractor for ACC, and recently for nearly 6 years, as Head of Nutrition and Dietetics for the UAE armed forces (Abu Dhabi).
In addition to being a qualified Dietitian, I am ISAK (International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry) accredited technician, so I can offer accurate body composition analysis.
I have been a fitness instructor for over 25 years in addition to being a competitive squash player for most of my life, so I understand how nutrition fuels your body to enhance your performance.
I have just started working part time on my PhD focusing on gut health and endurance exercise which will be an exciting next few years!
ZANE WINSLADE | MENTAL SKILLS COACH
I am a trained coach and mental skills consultant who specialises in helping athletes accomplish their goals in sport and in life. My education includes a Bachelors Degree in Sports and Leisure Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology from John F Kennedy University.
I have experience working with athletes from a range of sports. My strengths lie in preparing athletes for consistent performance in high pressure situations, developing a flexible and optimal performance mindset and engaging athletes with a realistic plan dedicated to helping them achieve their dream.