New academy to benefit Manawatu athletes

Last updated 12:00 26/01/2013

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Sport Manawatu and Massey University's School of Sport and Exercise have developed a new sporting academy to foster and develop the next generation of Manawatu Olympians.

The Manawatu Athlete Development Academy caters for athletes between 15 and 20, who have begun to break through to international competition, but are not yet eligible for High Performance Sport New Zealand assistance.

The academy is open to athletes from all sporting disciplines living in Manawatu, Horowhenua, and Tararua.

It offers athletes access to mentoring, workshops, sports science testing and other services.

The programme will be led by high performance coach Andrew Nicholls, who has recently returned from coaching duties with the New Zealand Youth Olympics team, and is personal coach to Olympic triathletes Ryan Sissons and Kris Gemmell.

Sport Manawatu's Hamish Meacheam and Massey University's Ian O'Boyle hope the academy will cater for about 12 athletes this year, beginning in March.

"We are hoping to attract the very best young athletes in the region, and to support them on their own journey to become high-performance athletes," Meacheam said.

Applications for the academy are open now and close on February 8. For more information, call Meacheam on 357 5349. Apply via sportmanawatu.org.nz.

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