May 2023, Articles

WHPS Residency Experience selections completed

There is a buzz of excitement around the wider Women in High Performance Sport team now that they have completed the selection process for the 2023 Residency Experience, with offers sent to 13 potential residency candidates.

Women in High Performance Lead, Helene Wilson, says the selection process was robust, deliberately lengthy and provided HPSNZ team members the opportunity to work collaboratively with NSOs, giving them a deeper understanding of their challenges and landscapes in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) space.

Flexibility is a hallmark of the redesigned Residency Experience, previously known as the Women in High Performance Sport Residency Fund, and has, according to Helene, resulted in an exciting and diverse range of applicants.

Helene says the applicant profile reflects the programme’s aim of creating a new way of thinking about and looking after people and of providing pathways into more elevated roles.

Following the selection process and induction day, Helene says she was delighted with the unsolicited positive feedback from NSOs, HPSNZ staff, successful and unsuccessful applicants.

Helene gives a big shout out to people within NSOs.  “This programme is not just giving jobs to women.  It’s a learning opportunity that includes everyone engaging in DEI objectives, and this process has provided space for dialogue, to think about things differently and look for opportunities to leverage their greatest asset – their people.”

Successful applicants have until the end of June to complete the paperwork necessary to get this year’s Residency Experiences underway by July 2023 .

HPSNZ Update will publish the list of successful WHPS Residency Experience candidates in the July issue.

HPSNZ Performance Life Coaching Lead, Chris Arthur, presenting to Residency Experience applicants at the induction day