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Sport BOP ActiveVoice - Pathway to Podium

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sport BOP ActiveVoice

Sport Bay of Plenty last night announced the three athletes that have been selected for the Pathway to Podium programme in 2016.

Hana Tapiata (rugby sevens - pictured), Sapphire Tapsell (rugby sevens) and Scott MacDonald (para cycling - pictured) are the three new faces to join the programme this year, along with Brooke Somerfield (athletics), Hamish Miller (triathlon) Rebecca Kersten (rugby sevens), Amy Robinson (hockey) and Olivia Hay (para swimming) from previous years.

The athletes have been identified by their respective national sporting organisations as having the potential to be winners on the world stage as senior athletes in the future.

Sport Bay of Plenty’s Coaching and Talent Development Team Leader, Dave Clarke, said the selected athletes thoroughly deserve their places. “It’s great to have another three quality athletes joining the Pathway to Podium programme and I look forward to seeing their high performance journeys.” 

Pathway to Podium is a nationwide talent development programme that supports promising athletes (typically in their mid-to-late teens) and coaches be better prepared for the demands of a life in high performance sport.

As well as sport specific training and support, the programme encourages self-responsibility, self-awareness, the development of a performance mind set, continuous learning and an unwavering work ethic, so that participants regardless of their high performance futures will leave the programme with valuable life skills. 

The programme is run in partnership between Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), 14 HPSNZ targeted national sporting organisations and 14 regional talent hubs around the country. 

The regional model ensures promising athletes can remain in their home town with the support of whanau, family and friends, while still accessing high performance services and opportunities.  

Last night’s induction evening saw the athletes provided with more detailed information about the programme, as well as attending the first nutrition workshop with High Performance Sport New Zealand provider Milly Connell. Existing Pathway to Podium athlete Amy Robinson (Hockey and Athletics) also spoke about her experience in the programme.

Sport Bay of Plenty would like to thank programme partners Sport New Zealand, BayTrust, Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Bureta Physiotherapy for their fantastic support. 

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