Sport Bay of Plenty

About Pathway to Podium


The overall objective of the “Pathway to Podium” programme is to establish a partnership between National Sport Organisations (NSO's) and Regional Talent Hubs that provides athlete development support to emerging athletes in the pre-High Performance environment. The objective of the Regional Talent Hubs is to assist NSO's with delivery of regionally based generic athlete and coach support.

The “Pathway to Podium” programme is designed primarily to provide a regionally based high quality support and education programme for nationally (NSO) identified pre-carded athletes (1-3 year time frame) in the following sports:

  • Athletics
  • Bike
  • Canoe
  • Equestrian
  • Football (Women)
  • Hockey (Men and Women)
  • Netball
  • Paralympics
  • Rowing
  • Rugby 7’s (Women)
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon
  • Yachting

It is envisaged that athletes will be in engaged in the programme for 2 years, occasionally 3 in extenuating circumstances, for example (long term injury) before hopefully moving through to working with High Performance Sport NZ carded programme.


The Bay of Plenty Pathway to Podium Programme will provide services around the Development of Individual Performance Plans, Athlete Life, Performance Hydration and Nutrition, Physiotherapy Screening, Sports Injury Management, Strength and Conditioning, Media/Social Media and a comprehensive resource library.


Entry into the programme takes place in April each year and is expressly through your National Sporting Organisation Performance Directors and then endorsed by Sport NZ. No applications are accepted regionally.

The National Talent Hub Network

The following is an outline of our understanding of the high level requirements of the Bay of Plenty Talent Development Hub:

  • A national network of Regional Talent Hubs will be established based on RST boundaries.
  • The Talent Hubs will administer, manage, support and deliver regional athlete development programmes in partnership with NSOs. Coach development opportunities are also to be provided and/or supported.
  • The Talent hubs will bring together a consortium of local providers of athlete services, training facilities and support funding for the benefit of talented athletes (and their coaches) in the region.
  • The key outcome of the Talent Hubs is to increase the standard of athletes entering the High Performance system. Thus the key driver of the hubs is to better prepare athletes for transition into High Performance sport.

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