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Message to young kiwis

“Nothing worth having will ever come easy.”

Congratulations to the most successful NZ Olympic team in history. Thanks for doing the mahi and all you have given us over the past two weeks. Your inspiring performances in Tokyo have made us proud. And thanks for sharing your advice for aspiring Kiwi athletes who dream of competing on the world stage.

Lisa Carrington

“Get in your kayak and enjoy your surroundings.” Olympic legend Lisa Carrington sends a simple message of encouragement to all young people wanting to get involved in the sport.

Canoe Racing – K4 Women

“A lot of other teams would love to have what we’ve got.” High Performance Sport New Zealand has worked with Canoe Racing New Zealand to build a campaign team to support the Women’s Sprint team’s preparation for Tokyo. Strength and conditioning specialists, physiologists, performance and technique analysts and others have combined their skills with the coaches in a holistic approach to help the athletes in all elements of their Tokyo campaign.

Canoe Racing – The Rover

“The coaches have used the rover to help us find the extra edge on the world stage.“ High Performance Sport New Zealand has worked with the Canoe Racing New Zealand team to build an innovative ‘rover’ GPS tool that measures performance live. This allows coaches and HPSNZ analysts to provide feedback to athletes in real time, helping to make significant performance improvements to boat speed.

Andrea Anacan

“If you love it, you keep doing it” @NZTeam Karate athlete Andrea Anacan shares some advice to aspiring Kiwi Karate kids about ensuring you participate in the sport that brings you love and enjoyment.

David Liti

“You’re only as strong as your weakest link”. New Zealand Weightlifter David Liti talks about his Tokyo 2020 campaign and how he is ready to showcase to the world what he can do (and lift!).

Andrea Anacan

The possibility of kidnap inspired Andrea Anacan to take up karate but since moving to Aotearoa, a different set of goals has spurred her on. The first time Olympian talks to High Performance Sport New Zealand about her campaign team, her journey to Tokyo and the sense of balance she has found to ensure it’s all still fun.

Kirstie James

“We’ve all grown and developed together; it’s been really special to be a part of.” Track cyclist Kirstie James speaks about how the women’s team pursuit team is all in it together as they embark on their Tokyo 2020 campaign.

Lisa Carrington

“I want to work. I want to turn up and grow and learn every day. I enjoy that process.” New Zealand Canoe Racing legend Lisa Carrington discusses her journey to Tokyo 2020 and what it takes to be the very best in your sport.


How do we decrease drag and make the bikes go faster? High Performance Sport New Zealand’s innovation team worked in partnership with Cycling New Zealand on a revolutionary cycling skinsuit that is bespoke for each rider and discipline. This completely smooth all-in-one suit is delivering faster times in testing to create that all-important competitive edge.

Dame Valerie Adams

“Find what you love to do, and be prepared to work.” Powerful message from Dame Valerie Adams to any aspiring young athlete.

Women’s Rugby Sevens

“Nothing worth having will ever come easy.” The New Zealand Women’s Rugby Sevens team reflect on their road to Tokyo 2020 and share motivational thoughts for aspiring Rugby Seven’s players.

Alex Maloney

New Zealand 49erFX sailor Alex Maloney’s campaign has featured plenty of work with High Performance Sport New Zealand on beating the heat in Tokyo. Strategies have included training in heat chambers and heated gym work outs to condition the body for several days on the water at what could be the hottest Olympic Games on record.

Women’s 8 rowing

“Leading into the games there is a big focus on immunity” Emma Dyke and Lucy Spoors from the NZ Women’s eight rowing team chat through diet and preparation for competing in Tokyo with our High Performance Sport New Zealand performance nutritionists.

Dame Valerie Adams

For the remarkable Dame Valerie Adams, motherhood has brought about a different perspective to both her training and her life. As she prepares to compete in her fifth Olympic Games, we talk to the shot put start about the bond she shares with long time High Performance Sport New Zealand physio Louise Johnson and the message she wants to share about being both a Mum and an elite athlete.

Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast

“They are just exceptionally hard workers.” Rowing world champion women’s pair Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast along with their Strength and Conditioning coach and Performance Physio reflect on what it takes to get to the start line in Tokyo.

Men’s Rugby Sevens

The New Zealand Men’s Rugby Sevens team chat about their build up to Tokyo 2020 and what advice they would give to young kiwis looking to get into their sport, including the power of passion in overcoming obstacles.

Kelsey Smith and Liz Thompson

“We are working with the girls as close as possible to their athletic ceiling.” Black Sticks women Hockey players Kelsey Smith and Liz Thompson speak about overcoming COVID-19 uncertainties, and comebacks from injury in preparation to compete against the world’s best at Tokyo 2020.

Men’s Rugby Sevens  – heat chamber

“That’s been our goal the whole time…they walk out onto the field and the heat is not an issue for them.” The NZ Rugby 7s squads are ready to handle the heat in Tokyo after doing the mahi in a University of Waikato heat chamber in Mount Maunganui with High Performance Sport New Zealand Assistant Physiologist Stephen Fenemor.

Hamish Bond

NZ Olympic legend Hamish Bond reflects on his time within the high performance sport system and talks about what drives him to perform at the highest level in his sport.

Lewis Clareburt

Men’s 400m individual medley swimmer Lewis Clareburt is swimming faster than ever heading into his first Olympic Games campaign. With an extra year’s training up his sleeve, Lewis has worked with High Performance Sport New Zealand strength and conditioning specialist Adam Allen to strengthen his body and create a performance edge that will give him the extra confidence boost to compete against the world’s best.

Emma Twigg

“As a single sculler the people you surround yourself with are really important. “ With a passion for rowing reignited, Emma Twigg speaks about her comeback from retirement after the Rio Olympic Games, and how her High Performance Sport New Zealand team has provided her inspiration and support throughout her Tokyo 2020 campaign.

David Nyika

“He’s been a mentor, a father figure…He’s gone above and beyond” NZ heavyweight boxer David Nyika talks about his work with HPSNZ strength and conditioning coach Shaun Paterson in their aim of boosting punching power, and preparing for the fight of his life.


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