Staff Profile

Kelly McCallum

Kelly McCallum


Kelly’s sporting career began with water polo before progressing to rugby and she has been a lecturer in the Sport and Recreation environment for the past 15 years. Her degree in Kinesiology and Education from the University of British Columbia has led her to teach and coach in schools in many countries, and she has been lecturing at NorthTec since 2014 where she now specialises in leadership and high performance. Kelly is also a lecturer at AUT, plus she works for the Police Department.

Kelly has recently earned a place in the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame for her achievements in rugby. Kelly captained the Canadian Women’s Rugby team for five years, represented Canada in two World Cups, and will be the first woman rugby player to be inducted into British Columbia’s Sports Hall of Fame. “25 male rugby players have gained the honour before me, so I see this as an acknowledgement of women’s rugby finally coming of age. I'm humbled to receive it and feel it honours so many great women rugby players before me, as well as paving a pathway for aspiring woman players of the future.”

Kelly McCallum is currently doing her PhD at AUT. Her research focuses on emotional intelligence and sport leadership.

Masters of Educational Leadership, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence (2020). Bachelor of Kinesiology, Bachelor of Education, Level 2 NCCP Rugby Coaching, ISAK Level 1, Post Grad Dip Sport and Exercise (2015)