How We Do It

Performance Innovation

Improving performance with smart thinking and technology

We identify difficulties that athletes, sports and systems are experiencing and use innovative solutions to achieve measurable performance improvements.

Our innovation team is dedicated to finding ways to bridge performance gaps. They work in collaboration with athletes, coaches and NSOs, implementing innovative solutions, products and technology to increase New Zealand athletes’ chances of success on the World, Olympic and Paralympic stage.

In deciding whether an innovative intervention will provide a competitive advantage, the team follows five guiding principles:

Guiding Principles
Performance Ensuring each idea has an explicit link to medals
Priority Prioritising demand from the athlete, coach or high performance director
Champion Ensuring projects have potential champions
Evidence Promoting a model-driven paradigm (evidence based)
Impact The ability to measure proposed and actual impact


innovation projects


sports directly impacted across the system


athletes accessing cutting edge interventions


World and Olympic Medals supported

Depending on the nature of the innovation project and the expertise needed to deliver it, projects are either completed in-house or in collaboration with our external innovation partners. Around 50% of projects are completed internally by Goldmine, HPSNZ’s in-house engineering team.

With 4 full-time staff and a roster of world-class contractors, Goldmine creates bespoke hardware and software solutions which have positively impacted on New Zealand athletes’ training and performance time and time again.

Over the last 7 years, its innovations have contributed towards over 100 World, Olympic and Paralympic medals.

Goldmine is currently working on 22 innovation projects, with an emphasis on success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


We leverage the world-class NZ knowledge by working collaboratively with many nationwide innovation partners to provide novel interventions to solve performance problems.


From scratch, our in-house engineers build hardware and software solutions that are not available off the shelf, giving NZ athletes a tangible point of difference.

2021/2022 Innovation Application Rounds

2021 Innovation Round 2
  • 1 November, 2021: applications open
  • 12 November, 2021: applications close
  • 15 – 26 November, 2021: project evaluation phase
  • 6 December, 2021: successful projects initiated
2022 Innovation Round 1
  • 11 April, 2022: applications open
  • 22 April, 2022: applications close
  • 25 April – 6 May, 2022: project evaluation phase
  • 16 May, 2022: successful projects initiated
2022 Innovation Round 2
  • 5 September, 2022: applications open
  • 16 September, 2022: applications close
  • 19 – 30 September, 2022: project evaluation phase
  • 10 October, 2022: successful projects initiated