Young talent on path to podi­ums

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By CHE BAKER

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.

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