High-performing student athletes on pathway to success

An agreement between NSW's sports high schools and an elite sports institute will help students reach their full sporting potential.

The pathway for the state’s podium potential student athletes has been given a boost following the announcement of a high performance partnership between the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) and the Sports High Schools Association.

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the Memorandum of Understanding will help to foster the development of talented athletes in NSW’s seven sports high schools.

“This new partnership ensures our future Olympians have access to world class services in sport science, nutrition and strength and conditioning, so that they can perform at their best,” Mr Henskens.

“It will develop a stronger pathway for potential Olympic athletes and help NSWIS identify and unlock talent in our state’s sports high schools.”

NSWIS will provide services and professional development to staff within the sports high schools to assist in improvements in services to student athletes.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the partnership is a win-win and will provide benefits to both students and staff.

“Our sports high schools do an excellent job combining rigorous academic programming with an ambitious approach to sporting excellence, and this partnership will enhance this,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Our staff are crucial to the growth of our young athletes, so it is important we support our staff in their own professional development.”

NSWIS CEO Professor Kevin Thompson said a focus will be ensuring student athletes develop holistically through the implementation of individualised plans.

“Through these plans student athletes work with their coaches to develop short and long term goals in physical performance, competition performance and overall excellence,” Professor Thompson said.

For more information about NSWIS, visit https://www.nswis.com.au/

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