Performance Potential Squad (PPS)

PPS Programme Description


Stage of Development: Preparing for High Performance
Athlete Age: Approximately 18-22 years old
Support Numbers: Approximately 5-10 athletes
Programme Description: For more established athletes preparing for the demands of entering the high performance environment; and are tracking towards or demonstrating the potential to perform with distinction at senior pinnacle competitions at some stage throughout their career
Athletics NZ High Performance Primary Contact: Tim Driesen
Programme Selection Guidelines: Selection based on Performance Potential. Achieving or realistically tracking towards the Athletics NZ High Performance Level Guidelines
Athlete Selection Timeframes: Twice per year – Post New Zealand domestic season (April-May) and post international season (Oct-Dec)
Programme Review Timelines: 1-2 reviews yearly, post domestic season and international season de-briefs/reviews
Programme Exit:

After progression to the Elite Performance Squad (EPS)


After 1-2 years of limited/no progression with consideration of individual circumstances (injury/relocation etc).

Athletics NZ Available Support

  • Individual Development and Campaign planning support
  • Campaign funding support on a case by case basis
  • Season de-brief and review
  • Relevant Athletics NZ High Performance camps (PDS/Event Group)

High Performance Sport NZ Available Support

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Current PPS Athletes

HPSNZ Support Level: Athlete Event(s) Location Coach Club
Confirmation Isabel Neal 400m Auckland  James Mortimer  
Confirmation Tiaan Whelpton 100m Christchurch    
Confirmation Nick Palmer Shot Put Christchurch  Hayden Hall  
Confirmation James Preston 800m Wellington  Evan Cooper  
Confirmation Ethan Olivier Triple Jump Overseas  Wikus Olivier  
Confirmation Tapenisa Havea Shot Put/Discus Overseas    
Confirmation James Harding 800m Overseas    
Confirmation Shay Veitch Long Jump Dunedin Michael Beable  
Confirmation Welre Olivier Triple Jump Overseas Wikus Olivier  

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