Canoe Racing New Zealand (CRNZ) has a rich history winning multiple Olympic and World Championship Medals. Not only do we want to continue this success, but we want to develop a sustainable high performance environment that consistently produces podium winning athletes.
To achieve our vision, we must have in place a strong performance system with a clear athlete pathway. A structured athlete pathway enables us to identify, track and support athletes as they transition from club paddler to podium performer.
The aim of the CRNZ Performance Pathway is to ensure athletes are in the right environment, receiving the right support, at the right time, in order to maximise the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Based on the characteristics, needs, and considerations specific to each stage of development, CRNZ has designed corresponding Performance Pathway Programs.
The pathway programs has a series of opportunities that give athletes the opportunity to develop and help prepare them to one day transition to the high performance program. Athletes across the pathway will benefit from the provision of coaching expertise, training opportunities, performance support, athlete education, and exposure to high performance environments and practices.
The key competencies of the Foundation, Paddle ID and Performance Development programs are focused around:
- The CRNZ Technical Competencies
- Team Boat Fundamentals
- Building Fundamental Movement Patterns, Sport Specific Strength, Power and Endurance
- Understanding and practicing performance psychology, nutrition and athlete life strategies
Canoe Racing NZ would like to congratulate and welcome the following paddlers who have selected to be part of the CRNZ Performance Pathway Programs 2022-2023:
Well done to these paddlers, their families, coaches and clubs.
Additional athletes may enter squads or progress within the pathway throughout the year. Additional athletes may also be invited into training camps throughout the year.
Coaches of athletes in each squad are encouraged to attend the training opportunities/workshops that their athletes are selected for.
Further information on the CRNZ Performance Pathway can be found: http://www.canoeracing.org.nz/high-performance/athlete-pathway