Hundreds of Canterbury students are expected to go to the opening match of the Cricket World Cup at Hagley Oval next weekend (February 14). The Oval is a pretty cool place to watch cricket. It’s actually the best small venue in the world to watch cricket.
The World Cup will involve 49 games over 44 days at Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.
One of our University of Canterbury students has helped a sports science academic design an app that may be of interest to the Black Caps during the World Cup. Black Caps batting coach Craig McMillan wants to know more about it.
Student Rob Genet helped Dr Carl Petersen, a sports science lecturer, research investigating where batsmen hit the ball. This work resulted in a cricket batting app which our sports science students have used to help them understand performance analysis.
The app is so cool that New Zealand’s greatest ever cricketer and World Cup ambassador Sir Richard Hadlee came on to campus last week to look at the app and is now bound to mention the University of Canterbury cricket app to his VIP contacts during the World Cup. Dr Petersen, Sir Richard and Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr chatted about cricket technology developments.
There’s a lot more postgraduate student sports-related research at the School of Sports and Physical Education since new School head Professor Richard Light joined the team.