Significant changes have taken place to align Rowing Australia’s (RA) elite development program to Australia’s and Rowing’s Winning Edge (AWE). The National Talent Pathway Program (NTPP) aims to expose the depth of RA’s talent pipeline as we strive to meet AWE performance outcomes for Rio and beyond to Tokyo in 2020.
The NTPP has been created to capitalise and expand on the prior work of the High Performance Development Program. The NTPP approaches the talent pipeline with a broader focus to include traditional pathway development incorporating talent identification, a greater focus on National Team retention, and the US-Based Australian Program.
The NTPP aims to ensure that athletes are exposed to the full continuum of development along the National Talent Pathway. These opportunities are delivered through two key mechanisms; the State Talent Pathway Program (STPP); and the Talent Pathway Club Program (TPCP).
The strategies that underpin the NTPP have been designed to focus on tailoring solutions to local environments. Each State has its own unique challenges and opportunities that require a flexible approach. The STPP operates in the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. Additionally, the TPCP is operating in New South Wales and Victoria as a pilot program.
The TPCP is a pilot program operating in New South Wales and Victoria, as a component of the STPP. The objective of the TPCP is to engage clubs who deliver significant outcomes in the creation of greater depth and management of the overall talent pathway. Clubs are the primary delivery mechanism in recruiting and developing athletes and coaches throughout the National talent pathway. Current Clubs participating in the TPCP are:
Mosman Rowing Club
Mercantile Rowing Club
Melbourne University Boat Club
Sydney University Boat Club
Sydney Rowing Club
US-Based Australian Program
Rowing Australia’s talent pipeline extends to athletes undertaking study in US College programs, with opportunities provided for men and women to trial for the Under 23 (U23) Australian Rowing Team (ARTeam) in targeted boat categories.
The US-Based Australian Program is a critical component of the NTPP.
For more information on the Talent Pathway, please contact your relevant State Talent Pathway Coordinator, details of whom can be found here.