Taking on the role as Polynesian Spa sports ambassador, we’ve teamed up with four-time Olympian road cyclist and Orica Green-EDGE performance manager, Julian Dean.
We’re beyond excited to have Julian on board as he develops sports relaxation guidelines on how to use our unique mineral pools for their muscle benefits, as well as hydrotherapy tips for the cold plunge pool.
With Julian’s 17-years of professional cycling experience, we’re on a mission to redefine sports relaxation in Rotorua, helping elite, aspiring and every-day athletes achieve their goals.
Julian says he’s a strong advocate for effective sports relaxation and he’s excited to share knowledge in Rotorua as it’s a cycling and mountain biking mecca, with incredible natural resources on its doorstep.
“Polynesian Spa is not just a great place for relaxation and soothing muscles, it also does wonders for mental recovery – something a lot of athletes struggle with.
After a long day riding in the forest or on the road, chilling out in the peaceful lake-side environment encourages your body and mind to switch off and relax.
My favorite pool to relax in is the acidic Priest Spring pool in the Lake Spa – the acidity of the water has a soothing effect on my body, especially when I’ve got aches and pains after a miss-calculation otherwise known as a crash!
I also love hanging out and having fun in the water with my wife Carol and two boys Tanner and Val.”
More about Julian:
During his 17-year professional career, Julian Dean competed in four Olympics and 20 Grand Tours including Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana – earning himself two stage wins, 12 top-10 finishes and a reputation as the best lead-out sprinter in the sport.
Since retiring in 2013, Mr Dean and his family have settled in Rotorua and he’s now giving back to the cycling community as the performance manager for Orica Green-EDGE – an Australian professional road race cycling team that he raced for during his career.