Peter Hurst

Co-Founder & Head Coach

I come from a fairly humble yet typically Kiwi background. I was born on a deer farm, and have been playing rugby since I was five. I’ve always had an innate love of sports. For me, sport is more than just a fun way to pass the time. It has helped make me who I am today. Everything that I consider my best qualities were encouraged by the sporting environment I was brought up in: my empathy, my ability to work in a team, my leadership skills, and my understanding of what makes other people tick. I’m currently working as a PE teacher at Long Bay College and previously worked as a Learning Support Teacher Aid. I regularly work with children with Dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities, and this has helped me develop strategies to ensure that every child fully enjoys their learning experience. When I help students participate in Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) and Adventure-Based Learning (ABL), it brings back my own childhood memories, when the notion of “play” set me free to express myself in ways that weren’t possible when I was constrained by the four walls of a classroom. As a result of my own direct experience, I know that the world of sports and games is an educational environment filled with more “pages” than a library.