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Isaac Warbrick


While Isaac was still in high school in New Zealand, he had the chance to come to BYU–Hawaii and visit his brother who was enrolled at the time. “I really liked the atmosphere on campus.” And with plenty of “good surf breaks close by”, choosing BYU–Hawaii was easy for Isaac. He worked at PCC in several different positions, but also made time to for fun. He knew that he would enjoy his time in Laie, but the positive effects went even farther. Isaac said between his religion classes and the perspective gained on campus, he was inspired to serve a mission. He served in the Utah Provo Mission, and returned with better study habits, a stronger testimony, and leadership skills to help him better finish his degree. He graduated in 2005 with a BS in Exercise and Sports Science.

Isaac returned to New Zealand in 2006 and decided to continue on with his studies. He received a doctoral scholarship from the Health Research Council in New Zealand, and completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology in 2010. After finishing his PhD, he was involved in teaching and research across New Zealand at different universities such as Massey University, and Te Wananga o Rraukawa. He is currently a full-time Senior Research Fellow at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and his current research is based in exercise physiology, Māori and Indigenous health and epigenetics.
If it isn’t clear yet, Isaac loves sports and exercise. On top of his academic work, he has also had the chance to coach his oldest son’s basketball teams. In 2011 he started his own health promotion company called Whanau Fit. The company is aimed at creating community group fitness sessions and workshops.

Isaac and his wife Rachel have four children and one on the way. Since returning from BYU–Hawaii, he has served in the Church as a member of the bishopric, on the stake high council, as ward and stake young men’s president, and now is back to working with the young men in his ward. In his job, callings, and family, Isaac has shared his experiences at BYU–Hawaii and encouraged others to apply.

“BYU–H prepared me to work with people from all over the world and to better understand a variety of world views and different ways of doing things.”

Bryce Marvin
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Thursday, June 23, 2016