Waikato student drives home master’s research into golf

Growing up on a high-country station in Omarama, a small township nestled near the southern end of the MacKenzie Basin, George Wardell never imagined going to university.

He figured he’d follow in his dad’s footsteps and farm out in the hills - that was until dad caught wind and told George to “go get the piece of paper” so he had options.

Playing every sport under the sun it was a natural choice for George to opt for a Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Otago. Following a move to the Waikato and a few years working with the Gallagher Chiefs, as intern then assistant trainer, George is now back into the swing of study. He is researching the effect of weighted golf clubs in training for his Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato.

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