Athlete Life

Supporting performance and wellbeing in sport and life

The Athlete Life Programme is a holistic programme that helps athletes maximise their performance and wellbeing in sport and life. The programme is built around six pillars: Wellbeing, Athlete Responsibility, Continuous Learning, Professionalism, Purposeful Planning and Effective Communication.

The Athlete Life programme is designed to: build athlete capability and learning, support athlete transitions and personal and professional development alongside their sport whilst also ensuring that athlete wellbeing is a priority. With a combination of 1:1 consults and workshops, the team will support athletes to have dual careers with sustainable success in sport and life.

We offer athletes perspective around sport and life, support effective relationship management, encourage altruistic community involvement and advocate for athletes. We also give support and guidance around careers, act as a point guard for support in times of need and develop plans to help with transitions.

Athlete life advisors follow a code of conduct and respect the confidentiality of the athlete. With a wealth of experience in the High Performance system, our team are career and life counsellors, educators, life coaches and professionals who have the athlete at the centre of their decision making. We care about the person behind the performance.

13

athlete life advisors working with athletes across NZ

Focus areas

Purpose and identity, transition support, career and personal brand

295

athletes received a Prime Minister's Scholarship in 2021

Athlete Life Team

Anna Simcic
Christchurch
Anna.Simcic@hpsnz.org.nz
Carol Goodlass
Wanaka
Carol.Goodlass@hpsnz.org.nz
Carolyn Donaldson
Auckland
Carolyn.Donaldson@hpsnz.org.nz
Christina Jacklin
Cambridge
Christina.Jacklin@hpsnz.org.nz
Christine Arthur
Auckland
Christine.Arthur@hpsnz.org.nz
Criss Strange
Cambridge
Criss.Strange@hpsnz.org.nz
Hannah McLean
Auckland
Hannah.McLean@hpsnz.org.nz
Helen Regan
Wellington
Helen.Regan@hpsnz.org.nz
Karin Adelinger-Smith
Auckland
Karin.Adelinger-Smith@hpsnz.org.nz
Natalie Fraser
Dunedin
Natalie.Fraser@hpsnz.org.nz
Vicki Hudson
Auckland
Vicki.Hudson@hpsnz.org.nz
Judy Clement
Cambridge
judy.clement@hpsnz.org.nz
Carla Johl
Cambridge
Carla.johl@hpsnz.org.nz
Sarah Blundell
Auckland
Sarah.Blundell@hpsnz.org.nz
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Athlete Support

Carding and Induction

Congratulations, you are now carded. Our induction will welcome you to HPSNZ, explain the services provided and how to manage the associated responsibilities.

  • Who is it for (eligibility)?
    All carded athletes selected by their National Sports Organisation
  • What it involves?
    A one hour meeting with your Athlete Life Advisor to explain the HPSNZ support model which includes financial support, expertise, planning assistance, world class facilities and other benefits.
  • How and when to access?
    After you have been notified by your NSO you contact your Athlete Life Advisor within one month of being carded.
  • Who to contact?
    Contact your Athlete Life Advisor
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Athlete Giveback

Athletes are role models that inspire the nation. We encourage and promote athletes to give back to their community or charities of choice. This supports athlete wellbeing and builds gratitude and resilience.

  • Who is eligible?
    We encourage all carded athletes to be involved because of the opportunity for personal growth.
    NB. All carded athletes receiving PEGs have a commitment to “give back” 4 times per year.
  • What it involves?
    Opportunities will be advertised through the Athlete Life Facebook page and the HPSNZ e-news. During your annual Life Plan consult, Athlete Life Advisors will talk about altruism, the benefits for athletes and ensure athletes can articulate and align their values. Athletes can gain an understanding of themselves as they explore and develop ways to contribute to their communities. They develop self-confidence and an enhanced commitment to public service. There is potential to gain work experience with diverse members of the community, leadership skills and networking.
  • Who to contact?
    Contact your Athlete Life Advisor
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Athlete Voice

HPSNZ has a commitment to establish an athletes advisory group to champion the voice of athletes and positively impact the High Performance environment.

  • Who is eligible?
    All carded athletes
  • What it involves?
    Commitment is for a 2-year term with a minimum of 2 meetings per year.
  • Who to contact?
    Head of Athlete Life- Chris Arthur
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Transitioning out of Sport

National Sports Organisations are responsible for carding and decarding athletes. Athletes become decarded for a variety of reasons. Some of which are voluntary such as retirement and some are beyond their control such as deselection or injury. Athlete Life works with athletes to prepare this transition whilst they are still in the high performance supported system.

  • Who is eligible:
    All recently decarded athletes
  • What it involves:
    When you transition out of sport you are entitled to 6 months Athlete Life support. You will be offered a transitioning out of sport interview with your Athlete Life Advisor to assist your planning and identify how we can best support your transition within a professional, trusted and caring environment. Your Athlete Life Advisor will also advise what additional support is available to you at this time.
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Supporting Athlete Education

More than half of athletes receiving scholarships are completing Bachelors or Post-Graduate qualifications

Advice and Expertise

Wellbeing

Athlete wellbeing can be thought of as athletes being able to lead fulfilling lives, with purpose, balance and meaning.

  • Who is eligible?
    All carded athletes
  • What it involves
    Athlete Life Advisors work with you to develop a wellbeing plan. They encourage you to embrace balance and perspective and consider your physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs, and what each area looks like for you when you are thriving.
  • How and when to access?
    Contact your Athlete Life Advisor and book an initial appointment.
  • Who to contact?
    Athlete Life Advisor
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Career Planning

Plan for a dual career that enables performance and gives confidence with transitions.

  • Who is eligible?
    All carded athletes
  • What it involves
    Individual consultation with Life Advisor identifying values, strengths and interests, transferrable skills, motivators, industries and jobs. You will be guided through work exploration aligned with your Athlete Life plan.
  • How and when to access?
    Contact your Athlete Life Advisor and book an initial appointment.
  • Who to contact?
    Athlete Life Advisor.
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Life Coaching

Life Coaching is a future focused approach to support you in achieving your goals, gain self-awareness and assist you in making your desired changes.

  • Who is it for (eligibility)
    All carded athletes
  • What it involves?
    Individually tailored programme through One on One sessions. The coach and athlete are in an equal partnership and believe athletes know themselves better than anyone and therefore have the ability to uncover answers and create solutions.
  • How and when to access?
    Contact your Athlete Life Advisor and book an initial appointment
  • Who to contact?
    Your Athlete Life Advisor.
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Transitions

To support athletes as they navigate high performance sport, transitioning between campaigns/teams, locations, selections and de-selections.

Athletes will learn about the common challenges in transitions and how they can identify and create significant, purpose-driven decisions during and after their sporting career.

 

  • Who is it for (eligibility):
    All Carded athletes and recently de-carded athletes
  • What it involves?
    Individual meetings with your Athlete Life Advisor working on such things as: Identity “Who am I”, career profile, values, character strengths, study support, Prime Ministers scholarships, career conversations, support with CV’s, recruitment referrals, workplace exploration. De-carded athletes will have an exit interview with their Life Advisor, a medical exit interview and 6 months of Athlete Life support post de-carding. Additional support by other services may be offered on a case by case basis.
  • How and when to access?
    Contact your Athlete Life Advisor and book an appointment
  • Who to contact?
    Your Athlete Life Advisor.
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Supporting Athlete Education

Athletes were supported by a broad range of educational institutions in New Zealand

Training and Programmes

Cross Roads

The Cross Roads Forum is designed specifically to support athletes post pinnacle event and provides the opportunity to come together and explore the process of “getting down the mountain”.

  • Who is it for (eligibility)?
    Carded Athletes who attended the Olympic (Summer and Winter), Paralympic (Summer and Winter) or Commonwealth Games. In addition, other athletes may be nominated by their NSO.
  • What it involves?
    Cross Roads is a two-day forum. Information, experiences, and learnings are shared in open conversation and workshop streams. Presentations from athlete alumni, coaches and HP Sport leaders focus on the process of transition, whether it is into another campaign, out of sport, or how best to make informed decisions. Our Athlete Friendly Business Partners also attend to share opportunities for athletes.
  • How and when to apply?
    Cross Roads is held biennially and all eligible athletes will be sent an invitation to attend. If you are interested in learning more, contact your Athlete Life Advisor.
  • Who to contact?
    Your Athlete Life Advisor.
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Empower

Empower is a weekend workshop designed to increase athlete understanding of what is needed to perform at their best on the world stage. Athletes will be exposed to cross sport learning, reflective practice and mindset, a focus on medal winning athlete behaviours, planning for performance and advanced communication skills.

  • Who is it for (eligibility)?
    The programme is for athletes with the potential to reach pinnacle events within the next four-year cycle. Beyond that, acceptance will be subject to NSO approval. Note: the programme is not intended for current Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship medallists.
  • What it involves?
    The weekend workshop provides the opportunity to connect with other athletes. 8-10 athletes complete this programme per annum. Note: Given the time investment needed, coach and NSO approval will be sought as part of the application process.
  • Who to contact?
    Your Athlete Life Advisor.
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Leadership

Offer bespoke leadership training for athletes wanting to take the next steps in leading in their sport or the community.

  • Who is eligible?
    All carded athletes
  • What it involves?
    Two weekend workshops and 2 follow up meetings over 12-month period.
  • How and when to apply?
    Courses are arranged according to interest and need.
  • Who to contact?
    Either contact your Athlete Life Advisor or the Head of Athlete Life, Chris Arthur.
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Workshops

The aim of the Athlete Workshop and Webinar Programme is to provide athletes and teams with additional knowledge to support them to be the best person and the best athlete they can be. A wide range of topics and presenters are available.

  • Who is it for (eligibility)?
    All carded athletes and others by invitation
  • What it involves?
    Workshops range from one hour to a day. Times and locations vary. The content is based on athlete need. Registrations are via links provided or by return email.
  • How and when to apply?
    Follow workshop/webinar links and apply online. We encourage you to suggest topics or themes to your Athlete Life Advisor
  • Who to contact?
    Your Athlete Life Advisor for more information.
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Athlete Networks

Athlete Alumni

To belong to a network of former athletes who share experiences and expertise with each other and with current carded athletes.

  • Who is eligible?
    All HPSNZ decarded athletes
  • What it involves?
    Involvement will be dependent on the skills, time and interest of individual alumni. Opportunity to attend Athlete Life events, mentor carded athletes, speak at workshops such as Empower and Crossroads, and have a support network to help with transition.
  • Who to contact?
    Your Athlete Life Advisor.
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Athlete Friendly Network - Business

The Athlete Friendly Network -Business is a community of businesses providing opportunities for athletes in the areas of career, resources, and professional advice and services. In addition, our Athlete Lounges are supported through our Food Family partners. This support is nationwide and built on a shared interest of helping New Zealand’s best athletes win on the world stage.

  • Who is it for:
    The Athlete Friendly Network -Business is open to all carded athletes and connects athletes with partners who can provide access to career opportunities, quality professional services, discounted products and a range of learning expertise.  Your Athlete Life Advisor can guide you through the partner network and opportunities.
  • What it involves:
    – Resources/Product
    – Career Services
    – Professional Expertise and Services
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Athlete Friendly Network - Tertiary

To provide athletes with more tailored support for their tertiary study. The relationships with Athlete Life and the tertiary staff increases the ability to understand the high performance environment and have flexibility for athletes to achieve academic and sporting excellence.

  • Who is eligible?     HPSNZ-supported athletes
  • What it involves?
    Working with your Athlete Life Advisor to plan the workload, examinations and pressure points which may need to be adapted. This can involve rescheduling, adjusting timeframes and changing locations.
  • Tertiary Partners
    List of AFNT Partners
  • Who to contact?
    Athlete Life Advisor as required.
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