Meet The Team


Dr Will O'Connor

Dr Will O’Connor completed his PhD in 2017 and his thesis titled “Metabolic Flexibility and Endurance Exercise” centred on applying different nutritional strategies to optimise physical performance.

Will utilises his knowledge in sports science to help elite and everyday athletes achieve their performance goals. Will has collaborated with the TriNZ high-performance program as well as the Massey University Academy of Sport.

Will competes in numerous events himself and often places in the top echelons of endurance sport in New Zealand.


Dr Steve Stannard

Dr Steve Stannard is a research academic and Professor in Exercise Physiology at the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University. He has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and also a Masters of Nutritional Science, both from the University of Sydney.

He teaches and conducts research at the interface of exercise science and human nutrition, and his work on endurance training, sports supplements, and muscle recovery is very well regarded.

Prof. Stannard is often sought by the media for public comment (national newspapers, television, and radio) about issues relating to sports performance, and in particular, supplements in sport.

In his younger years, Prof. Stannard represented Australia as a road-racing cyclist. He is still a keen Masters competitor in bicycle racing, having won a number of NZ Masters titles in road cycling.

Prof. Stannard has also held the position of a National Road Cycling Development Coach for a number of years, and has managed and coached NZ National Teams at a number of international events. He has personally coached cyclists to International Level, including two athletes to the World Road Cycling Championships.