The Pathway to Podium programme provides targeted support in areas seen as critical for the future success in high performance sport. Education is primarily provided through workshop delivery to allow athletes, parents and coaches to come together in a cross sport learning environment. All Workshop content is developed by High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and is identical across the 14 regional hubs. This structure allows athletes to be able to access support regionally or move seamlessly between the regions. All programme providers are HPSNZ approved.
Support is delivered in the following core topics:
Educates athletes on how to manage the multiple challenges that affect their performance on and off the sporting field. Four core workshops are delivered over two years for athletes, parents and coaches.
Educates and develops an athletes' ability to understand the mental skills required in the high performance environment. A series of four workshops have been developed for athletes and their parents as well as two workshops designed specifically for coaches.
Nutrition for Sport
Develops foundation knowledge on the role of nutrition in the high performance environment. Athletes, parents and coaches will access a series of eight workshops over two years.
Drug Free Sport
Provides current information for athletes, parents and coaches from Drug free Sport New Zealand as well as reinforces the values of clean sport. A workshop will be held once a year for athletes, parents and coaches.
Strength & Conditioning
Educates athletes and their coaches on the role of Strength and Conditioning (S&C) and the importance of good movement patterns in preparation for high performance programmes. Athletes requiring specific S&C support will receive programming, supervision from a HPSNZ approved S&C Coach and access to facilities.
The programme continues to investigate opportunities to provide further age and stage appropriate support to athletes, parents and coaches. Additional support includes guest lectures, mentoring opportunities and free access to Auckland Council swimming pools.