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About Future Champions Program

The Sport Taranaki Future Champions programme is an initiative aimed at recognising, acknowledging and supporting the development of talented young athletes within Taranaki, a region that has a very proud sporting history. 

Sport Taranaki & TSSSA will assist selected aspiring athletes,  via mentoring, personal development sessions and a comprehensive workshop calendar to support and lead talented athletes in fulfilling their potential. .

The 2021 Future Champions Programme is open to athletes in Year 13 at school in 2021. It will include a series of workshops including nutrition, performance psychology, leadership, injury prevention, mental skills, dealing with the media, strength and conditioning, drug free sport and also includes forming an athlete life plan.

Applications for the 2021 Future Champions programme are open now and close on 19 March 2021. Schools have been notified so please see your Sports Coordinator or Head of Sport for an application form.

For more information or to apply please contact Guy Honnor at Sport Taranaki on (06) 7590930 ext 735 or via email. or Rebecca Scott at Taranaki Secondary Schools Sports Assosciation via email.

The Future Champions for 2020 were: 

  • Brooke Reid (Squash)
  • Sophia Taylor (Swimming)
  • Tayla Manning (Sport Climbing)
  • Eve Barry (Football)
  • Jorja Rosser (Inline Hockey)
  • Mac Rowe (Athletics)
  • Brandon Sumpter (Football) 
  • Tom Butland (Surfing)

The 2020 programme was proudly supported by The Mark Newman Memorial Trust

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A sporting history

This Sport Taranaki talent development programme is in its 15th year.  This programme can be instrumental helping these athletes achieve on a national and international stage.  Since it started in 2007, over 130 Taranaki “born and bred” athletes have been through the programme from 26  sporting codes.  These athletes have gone on to become very high achievers, with two Olympians, over 70 New Zealand reps/champions and six World Champions including Matt Baxter, Olivia Eaton and Claudia Kelly. Swimmer Zac Reid has also recently qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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