Tony Oldham

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext. 7057


Physical Address:
AF225, North Campus


PhD (Bangor), BSc JtHons (Bangor)


  • Australasian Skill Acquisition Research Group
  • NZ Sports Psychology Collective


Tony entered academia following modest careers in the leisure industry and digital media. He has enjoyed a wide range of sporting activities including Martial Arts, Basketball, Badminton, Rugby Union and most recently Ironman Triathlon. He completed his PhD in Sport Psychology at the University of Wales-Bangor specialising in anxiety, performance and error. Tony still teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in skill acquisition and sport psychology.  An unusual career achievement for him has been never researching sports he is, or has ever been, any good at. Indeed, he has never played a round of golf or a game of cricket in his life and should never be left in charge of a rowing boat.

Tony has also had the privilege of supporting New Zealand athletes as a sport psychology consultant across the last three Olympic cycles, along with a New Zealand open golf champion. Though he regards his specialism as supporting athletes transitioning from national to international competition, he works and provides support at all levels of sport and physical activity. Despite attending to a noisy nine-year-old Tony has found the time start and complete 11 consecutive Ironman New Zealand events.  His secret, he claims, is not ever stop training and avoid television at all costs.

Teaching Areas:

Skill Acquisition, Sport Psychology, Coaching.

Research Areas:

Sport psychology, applied skill, pedagogy and more recently multi-method research design.

Current Research Projects:

Coordination in rowing, ecological pedagogies applied to taekwondo kicking, motivation and emotions in learning, self-generated scripts in imagery, drugs free sport education, organsational stress in sport.


Oldham, A., & Clancy, S. (2017). Drug-free sport mentality must start with youth. In New Zealand Herald (pp. 29). [Newspaper]. Auckland NZ: NZME.

Oldham, A., Millar, S. K., & Bowes, M. (2017). TGFU is to Constraints as recipes are to cooking; what are the differences, and potential benefits of using a constraints led approach. Proceedings of the annual PENZ conference. Tauranga NZ.

Walters, S., Beattie, R., Oldham, A. R. H., & Millar, S. -K. (2017). Attrition in School Rowing in New Zealand: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. Qualitative Report, 22 (10).

Millar, S., Oldham, A. R. H., Renshaw, I., & Hopkins, W. (In Press). Athlete and coach agreement: Identifying successful rowing performance. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching.

Oldham, A., & Atkins, D. (2016). "In through and about movement" as a means to understanding constraints in PE. In PENZ (Ed.), NATIONAL PENZ/EONZ/NZHEA Conference.

Millar, S., & Oldham, A.R.H. (2016). Optimising repeated interceptive performance using contrasting visual textures in Olympic rowing: A case study. Sensoria - Contemporary perspectives on applied sports science: technology and performance.. doi:10.7790/sa.v12i2.440

Millar, S., & Oldham, A. (2016). Go Faster Stripes Really Can Make You Go Faster. In Sport and Exercise Science NZ Conference. Cambridge, NZ. Retrieved from

Millar, S., Oldham, A. R. H., Hume, P. A., & Renshaw, I. (2015). Using rowers’ perceptions of on-water stroke success to evaluate sculling catch efficiency variables via a boat instrumentation system. Sports, 3(4), 335-345. doi:10.3390/sports3040335

Beattie, R., Walters, S. R., Millar, S. -K., & Oldham, A. R. H. (2015). The experiences of adolescents rowing in New Zealand: An insight into the influences on attrition in school rowing. New Zealand Coach. Retrieved from

Oldham, A. R. H. (2014). Using expert knowledge in applied skill research; what have we learned. In Australasian Skill Acquisition Research Group Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.

Stamp, D., Walters, S. R., Oldham, A. R. H., & Ferkins, L. (2014). Self-awareness in the developing athlete: Reflective practice in high performance rugby academy players. In Bay of Plenty Sports Symposium: Research Initiatives in the Sport and Recreation Sector. Tauranga, New Zealand.

Woolliams, D., Oldham, A. R. H., & Walters, S. R. (2014). Examining the nature of interpersonal coach-athlete dyads between New Zealand national representative female football players and national head coaches. In 1st Asia Pacific Football Futsal Seminar. Melbourne, Australia.

Oldham, A. R. H. (2014). Counselling based techniques and the use of performance profiling. In New Zealand Sports Medicine and Science Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.

Oldham, A. R., Millar, S. -K., Renshaw, I., & Hume, P. A. (2014). Co-ordinative couplings between rowers in Olympic sculling. In New Zealand Sports Medicine and Science Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.

Oldham, A. R. H. (2013). Using qualitative methods to frame multivariate problems; examining timing and coordination in rowing. In Australasian Skill Acquisition Research Group (ASARG). Sydney, Australia.

Millar, S. -K., Oldham, A. R. H., & Renshaw I. (2013). Interpersonal, intrapersonal, extrapersonal? Qualitatively investigating coordinative couplings between rowers in Olympic sculling. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 17(3). Retrieved from

Walters, S. R., Schluter, P. J., Oldham, A. R. H., Thomson, R. W., & Payne, D. (2012). The sideline behaviour of coaches at children’s team sports games. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13(2), 208-215. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.11.008

Renshaw, I., Oldham, A. R. H., & Bawden, M. (2012). Nonlinear pedagogy underpins intrinsic motivation in sports coaching. The Open Sports Sciences Journal, 5, 88-99. doi:10.2174/1875399X01205010088

Millar, S. -K., Oldham, A. R. H., & Renshaw, I. (2012). Interpersonal coupling in rowing: The mediating role of the environment. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 34(supplement), 110-111.