An opportunity has been provided to Otago Academy of Sport (OAS) to lead the National Pathway to Podium initiative in Otago and Central Otago. The Pathway to Podium programme is based on the blueprint of the former OAS talent development programmes in Otago and Southland (Academy Otago and Academy Southland).
The overall objective of the “Pathway to Podium” programme is to establish a partnership between NSOs 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 NSOs with delivery of regionally based generic athlete and coach support.
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.
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;