Young talent on path to podiums
Young highperformance athletes in the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago districts have been selected for two programmes that are designed to hone young talent.
Para swimmer Hamish McLean, of Wanaka, and triathlete Fynn Thompson, of Queenstown, have been chosen to be a part of the Pathway to Podium programme.
Paul Wright, of Wanaka, has been selected for the Academy Central Otago for mountain biking, nordic skiing and biathlon alongside Oska InksterBaynes, of Wanaka, for athletics, Ryan Shuttleworth, of Wanaka, for golf, Riley Bruce, of Wanaka, Ella Galletly and Lucy Geddes, of Alexandra, for rowing.
The Pathway to Podium programme, funded by Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand and Excellence in Sport South Island, was designed to better prepare athletes before they enter the demanding highperformance sport environment.
Pathway to Podium co-ordinator Raylene Bates said athletes will receive support, advice and workshops in areas such as nutrition, mental skills, strength and conditioning, as well as services specifically tailored to each athlete.
The new Academy Central Otago programme is based in Wanaka alongside the Pathway to Podium programme and allows athletes and their coaches access to the workshops, Bates said.
‘‘With the number of Central Otago athletes also involved in these programmes it is time to bring the programme to Central to help these athletes and save them travelling to Dunedin or Invercargill,’’ she said.
Snow Sports New Zealand were also expected to join the programme later this year.
Athletes were welcomed to the programmes at Wanaka on Friday.
Young sport stars: Pathway to Podium members Para swimmer Hamish McLean, of Wanaka, and triathlete Fynn Thompson, of Queenstown, front row, with Academy Central Otago members Oska Inkster-Baynes, Paul Wright, Ryan Shuttleworth, of Wanaka, middle row, Riley Bruce, of Wanaka, Ella Galletly, and Lucy Geddes, both of Alexandra, back row.