Young sailors hoping to one day compete at the Olympics are encouraged to apply for an ANZ Olympic Pathway scholarship worth $20,000.
ANZ, who sponsor the New Zealand Olympic team, have launched the pathway scholarship, which is a tailored two-year programme designed to support New Zealand's next generation of athletes not only financially but also from a growth perspective.
Athletes between the ages of 16-24 who are working towards Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games team selection in any sport are eligible. There will be up to 10 places awarded for each cycle.
In addition to an annual financial contribution of $10,000, ANZ have created a series of training courses designed to help young athletes develop some of the skills they may need to achieve their aspirations. These courses will cover:
• Financial education and planning
• Commercial reality - understanding what is required from a commercial relationship
• Psychology of performance – skills to develop a high performance mindset
• Leadership of self – covering self-awareness, resilience and motivation
• Media training
"The ANZ Olympic Pathway programme is a great opportunity for our aspiring Olympians to develop the skills required for sport at the elite level and also for careers after their competitive years," Yachting New Zealand talent development manager Geoff Woolley said. "Developing these skills are all critical in becoming a well-rounded athlete and provide more options for athletes outside of sport."
The ANZ Olympic Pathway programme is designed to support athletes who need that little bit of extra support, so ANZ want to hear from athlete as to why they want to be part of the programme and what the additional support will help them to achieve.
Applications are open until June 7. See here for more information and to apply.
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