How We Do It

Developing HP Athletes

Optimising future success by developing high performance athletes

Our HP Athlete Development programme supports athletes targeting future World, Olympic and Paralympic success.

HP Athlete Development focusses on future Olympic and Paralympic cycles, supporting our most promising athletes and the key people who support them.

We recognise that athletes in our development programme have different needs to more established athletes, requiring individualised support to nurture their talent and optimise their development. So the HP Athlete Development team works closely with NSOs to support and improve their systems, structures and people for developing athlete pathways.

Doing this means more young athletes and their support teams will go on to successfully perform at World, Olympic and Paralympic level and support the sustainability of the New Zealand’s high performance system.

Guiding Principles
Clear Pathways We ensure an athlete’s pathway from entry to medal is clear, integrated and evidence-based
Collaboration We work with the athlete, their support team and NSO in a systematic and performance-driven approach
Capacity & Capability We invest in people to promote Athlete Development and apply good practice
Smart Investment We make sure adequate resources are prioritised to promote future sustainable success
Continuous Learning We challenge ourselves and our partners to learn and constantly improve

Journey from emerging athlete to elite

A key challenge faced by all sports in New Zealand is how to effectively transition developing athletes through each stage of their pathway. Working closely with NSOs to establish quality HP athlete development processes, as well as improve their training and competition environments are some of the ways we do this.

We also regularly monitor performance data to understand how each HP athlete’s development is tracking, and to identify key transition times and events.

Another way we help athletes’ transition is through Pathway to Podium – our nationwide programme. It encourages emerging athletes and coaches to be better prepared for the demands of life in high performance sport and to give them the best shot at future success.

Pathway to Podium (P2P)

Pathway to Podium (P2P) targets athletes and their coaches who are 8 to 10 years from a podium performance at the highest level in their sport.

Each autumn, targeted NSOs select emerging athletes and coaches to join the programme. They are given support in areas such as performance planning, training regimes, mental skills, strength and conditioning, and nutrition.

The thirteen sports involved in P2P are athletics, canoe sprint, cycling, equestrian, hockey, netball, Paralympic sport, rowing, rugby sevens, snow sports, swimming, triathlon and yachting.

New sports, new medal opportunities

HP Athlete Development also supports athletes who move into new sports where they are capable of winning an Olympic, Paralympic or World medal.

The National Athlete Transfer System helps athletes with a proven international or national track record in one sport to transfer to another sport.

Evidence shows that these athletes can progress in a new sport in a shortened timeframe. They are able to do this by transferring many of the physical and mental skills, physiological attributes and training ethic they already possess.