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Talent Identification

Do you dream of becoming New Zealand’s next Paralympic Champion?

Congratulations! You have made the first step and come to the right place! Here you will find all the information you need regarding Para-Sport talent identification and development opportunities in New Zealand.



Talent Identification

Several times per year, opportunities are available for selection to National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programmes for selected Para-Sports. At present, National High Performance Development Programmes are offered in the sports of Para-Swimming, Para-Cycling, Para-Athletics and Adaptive Snow Sports, with a view to expand into other sports from 2017.
Talent identification refers to the process of trialling for and selection to these National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programmes.

What is talent identification?

There are three main ways in which you can be invited to trial for a National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programme:

1. Open trials

From time to time Paralympics New Zealand or National Sporting Organisations will host talent identification trial days or training camps. These events are advertised on the Paralympics New Zealand Facebook page, with a link to register your interest. Your application will be reviewed, and eligible athletes will be provided with further information regarding the trial day or training camp. Trial days and training camps may involve general tests of your physical capabilities, sport-specific assessments, observations of your behaviours during training and testing, and discussions of your sport experience and aspirations. Para-Athletes who meet the selection standards may be invited to join the National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programme, while those who do not yet meet the standards will be provided advice to assist in preparation towards the next open trial.

In preparation for the next open talent identification trial or camp, we strongly recommend you get started on your Para-Sport journey and join your local Parafed organisation or sporting club. A full list and links to the Parafed organisations and other sport providers can be found here.

Register your interest now to be alerted to the next open Talent Identification trial or camp.


2. Competition performance

Paralympics New Zealand and National Sporting Organisation staff and Coaches frequently attend local, regional and national competitive events to observe Para-Athletes in action. Para-Athletes meeting the required performance standards and/or who display potential for rapid progression and future success in their sport may be invited to join the National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programme directly.

Your best chance of being identified through this channel is to get involved in competition and participate in a range of competitive events.


3. Para-Athlete Recommendations

Paralympics New Zealand and National Sporting Organisation staff and Coaches maintain regular contact with a range of organisations to discuss new member registrations and Para-Athlete progress. Examples of the organisations we are regularly in contact with include the regional Parafed Organisations, Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, local coaches and disability support organisations. From time to time, Para-Athletes who are progressing rapidly and/or are outstanding performers are recommended through these discussions, and may be invited to join the National High Performance Para-Athlete Development Programme directly.

Your best chance of being identified through this channel is to get involved in Para-Sport in your local area. For more information on getting started in Para-Sport visit our Start your Journey page.

How can I be identified?

During talent identification and Development Programme selection, a range of characteristics are considered. These include:

  • General fundamental movement skill ability
  • Sport specific skill
  • Behavioural characteristics such as effort, listening, determination, team work
  • Ability to respond and adapt to coaches’ instructions
  • Classification (and the international medal prospects for athletes with your classification)
  • Potential for improvement and future success

At times talent identification opportunities are restricted to a very specific athlete profile (for example females aged under 23 with tetraplegia), while at other times, opportunities will be open to athletes of all ages and impairments. The specific characteristics of interest vary depending upon High Performance Medal opportunities and programme needs, but will always be clearly communicated during the talent identification process

For more information on Talent Identification and to receive alerts on upcoming opportunities, register your interest now.

What are Paralympics New Zealand looking for?

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Acknowledgement

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