Women in High Performance Sport Project

Female athletes significantly contribute to New Zealand’s success on the international sporting stage, yet females remain significantly under-represented in high performance sport leadership and coaching roles.

In October 2019, the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson, announced $2.7 million to fund the Women in High Performance Sport pilot project designed to address systemic issues associated with gender equity in high performance sport. As a result of early success in the pilot, HPSNZ  has committed to our Women in High Performance initiatives as an ongoing strategic priority.  

The work HPSNZ is doing reflects the principles of the Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation Strategy and is delivering on one of its 24 commitments: Commitment #8 – Deliver initiatives to increase the number of women in leadership and coaching roles within the high performance system. 

The Women in High Performance Sport project, aims to create the right environment and opportunities for more women in high performance leadership and coaching positions. There are three core streams of work that focus on leadership, coaching and the high performance sport working environment. 

Our three project streams…
Leadership – Women in High Performance Sport Residency Fund  A diverse cohort of talented, highly capable, future leaders and high performance coaches are being developed through funding eight fixed term employment opportunities for women in NSO high performance programmes. 
Coaching – Te Hāpaitanga  Our high performance coach initiative designed to grow the talent pool of emerging and future female high performance coaches. 
High Performance Environment  Collaboration with NSOs to foster sustainable and inclusive high performance sport environments.