Sport is a huge part of Sam Blackmore’s life, so Lincoln’s Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management was the obvious choice when he began considering degree options.
“I’ve been a coach in several sports, such as swimming and surf lifesaving, and I am now a coach in sprint kayaking,” he says. “I want to manage high performance teams going to major international events and one day be a CEO of a sport in New Zealand.”
Sam chose Lincoln due to the combination of smaller class sizes and the management focus of the sport and recreation degree.
“The university’s size allows for great relationships with lecturers, who really make the theoretical content of the degree applicable to the real world,” he says. “They bring a huge wealth of knowledge and have strong connections with the sector.
“The ability to connect with professionals is hugely rewarding, and it’s been fantastic to form relationships with the people I will hopefully be working with in years to come.”
He’s impressed by the broad choices he has been able to select for his academic programme, as it has allowed him to diversify his skill set and become more employable.
He also appreciates the open door policy of staff on campus. “Lecturers are beyond helpful and I can always ask questions and seek advice when I need to.”
Sam is also on the LUSA Executive, which is the board that governs the students’ association on campus. He says the experience has been hugely beneficial, as he has learnt a lot about governance, advocacy, event management and representing students.
This will stand him in good stead for a political career, which is something else he’s keen to pursue in the future. But ultimately, he wants the ability to live and work all over the world and keep up his passion of surf lifesaving.
“So I suppose that means I want to stay near the beach, wherever I end up!” he says.