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Academy aims to keep our champs in Taranaki
27th January 2014

A long overdue athletics academy has been established in Taranaki. With the backing of HTL Insurance, the academy was launched this week at the home of Athletics Taranaki, the TET Stadium in Inglewood.

Article by Glenn McClean, Taranaki Daily News.
Pictured from left: HTL Director Lyall Bunn is flanked by athletes Javon McCallum, left, and Angus White
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A long overdue athletics academy has been established in Taranaki.

With the backing of HTL Insurance, the academy was launched this week at the home of Athletics Taranaki, the TET Stadium in Inglewood.

Athletics Taranaki boss Kelvin McDowell said a group of selectors had chosen the initial intake of 17 athletes. Included in the group are a number of national age-group and senior champions, including Zoe Hobbs and Kyle van der Merwe.

"We've looked at kids who have performed at a representative level over the last few years and we looked at an age-group between 14 and 23," McDowell said.

"Most of these kids have achieved something at national level, whether that was at school level or provincial level. We think they've got some great potential and with some extra resources and support we can help them take that extra step towards higher honours and achievements."

An array of different and specialist coaches would be used to work with the athletes who will receive additional help with nutrition, training and recovery programmes.

McDowell thought an "ideal cycle" was to have the athletes in the academy for three years.

"A lot of our kids obviously go to university, like a lot of sports, but we think they can still work with us. We want them to still be performing for Taranaki instead of going to represent other provinces, which is happening at the moment."

Providing funding for the academy is HTL Insurance director Lyall Bunn who saw obvious benefits in getting behind the project.

"We brought Mahe Drysdale down earlier this year and if we had been involved in this, we could have made him available to this whole group," he said.

"We want to get involved and help develop some of our best athletes."

ATHLETICS TARANAKI ACADEMY: Ethan Arbuckle, Grace White, Javon McCallum, Zoe Hobbs, Kyle van der Merwe, Rhys Bishop, Madeleine Roughan, Sarah Kowalewski, Matt Codd, Karl Wright, Jono Brownjohn, Tom Spencer, Angus White, Jade Fern, Laura Heibner, Ashleigh Bennett, Emma Daniels.