TSSSA & Sport Taranaki are excited to announce the 2018 Future Champions
18 Apr 2018
Cross country super star Hannah O’Connor (SHGC) and avid footballer Lee Boon (NPGHS) are amongst the Future Champions selected for the 2018 programme.
The Future Champions Programme, now in its twelfth year, is designed to give outstanding Taranaki secondary school athletes the opportunity to be the best they can be.
The group of eleven selected athletes represent a range of individual and team sports, from athletics and swimming, to rugby and volleyball.
This year’s selection includes athletics star Hannah O’Connor, now in her third year of the programme. Hannah recently returned from the World Schools Cross Country championships in Paris, France winning fourth place. She was also selected to compete at the Youth Commonwealth Games last year.
Hannah is joined by two second year champions – swimmer and surf lifesaver Sasha Reid (SHGC), and Hannah Baker (NPGHS) who specialises in kayak and surf lifesaving.
Eight newbies have also been selected this year, they include:
Claudia Kelly (NPGHS) Surf Lifesaving
Oscar Robertson (NPBHS) Basketball
Brooke Neilsen (NPGHS) Rugby & Netball
MacKenzie Barry (NPGHS) Football
Lee Boon (NPGHS) Cycling
Jacob Kneepkens (FDMC) Rugby
Parris Mason (NPGHS) Netball/Touch
Keegan Joe (Spotswood) Volleyball
Sport Taranaki & TSSSA are excited to announce the 2018 Future Champions.
The programme, coordinated and run by Sport Taranaki and the Taranaki Secondary Schools’ Sports Association, starts in term 2 and runs through to the end of term 3, with a series of workshops to develop and support the athletes with nutrition, mental skills, leadership and more. The programme also provides wrap around services to ensure they can compete at their best.
The 2018 programme was officially launched on Friday 13 April at the Sport Taranaki offices.