The programme's goal is to provide a platform from which performance athletes build knowledge and skills to better prepare them for high performance. The key components of the Wellington Reaching for the Podium: Athlete Performance Support Programme are:
Comprehensive medical screening - ECG, Movement competency, Blood testing, Musculoskeletal, physical exam.
Performance Nutrition - 2 workshops per year
Performance Psychology - 2 workshop per year
Athlete Life - 3 consultations per year
Media Skills - 1 workshops per year
Drugs in sport - 1 workshop per year
Strength and Conditioning - Access to ASB HPSNZ Gym and Les Mills gym
Individual Performance Plan (IPP) - to be led by Wellington Aquatic Coaches in consultation with the Sport Wellington Performance Hub lead.
Selection into the Programme
Up to 3 athletes may be selected into the programme on a yearly basis. The identification of the athletes is conditional on performance parameters as identified by WHiPA, the sport and Sport Wellington Performance Hub. Athletes are expected to be 1-3 years from entering into a high performance environment.
The Performance Coach Advance programme is a two-year programme in which coaches are exposed to a number of learning opportunities aimed at raising their self-awareness of how they ‘show-up’ as a coach. The first year of the programme focuses on the inner self where we explore their behaviours and drivers in their coaching environment. This is done through a series of workshops and ‘one-on-one’ assessments. The second year of the programme builds on this new awareness of ‘self’ and focuses on the coaches field of practice where they challenge their levels of comfort by using self-reflective skills and feedback in bringing about change to themselves and their athletes.
The programme uses a blended learning approach that includes:
Workshops (light the fire)
Forums (Share knowledge)
Observations (in field of practice)
Reflections (tied to workshops and field of practice)
Assessments (one on one consults)
Action learning (apply new knowledge to coaching environment ‘have a go’)
The programme allows for up to 2 aquatic coaches to be selected into the programme on a yearly basis. The identification of the coaches is conditional on the outcome of a selection interview, carried out by the programme lead (Sport Wellington), focusing on the coach’s openness to learning and awareness of self.
WHiPA offers an annual scholarship to an aquatics Official based in the greater Wellington Region to attend national or international schools or clinics giving the individual an opportunity to up-skill.
Where would sports be without Officials? So often they are the forgotten group of people who are passionate about their chosen sport with very little financial reward from the NSO’s, RSO’s and Clubs, but with a vital role in ensuring the growth and success of sport in our region.