Future Champions Program


Future Champions Program

Applications for the 2019 Future Champions program are now closed. 

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. The programme aims to assist talented athletes in fulfilling their potential and gaining higher honours.

Sport Taranaki & TSSSA will assist selected aspiring elite athletes, both physically and developmentally via mentoring, personal development sessions and a comprehensive workshop calendar. The programme uses the same experts that work with New Zealand’s sporting elite to pass on their knowledge to the selected athletes. These sessions will also cater for the coaches and parents of selected athletes when appropriate.

The success of the programme is dependent on the commitment of the athletes to the programme to truly realise their potential and fulfil their dream.

This Sport Taranaki talent development programme is now in its 13th year.  Since inception in 2007, over 120 Taranaki “born and bred” athletes have been through the programme coming from a total of 25 different sporting codes.  These athletes have gone on to become very high achievers in the sporting world, with one Olympian, over 50 New Zealand reps/champions and six World Champions including 2018 athlete – Claudia Kelly! Sport Taranaki believes this programme has been instrumental in helping these athletes achieve on a national and international stage.