Academy Southland: Athlete

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The Academy Southland Athlete programme supports talented athletes and prepares them for life in a high performance environment.

The programme offers extensive and valuable support in the following areas

  • Mental skills
  • Nutrition
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Athlete Life

Athletes/officials in the programme are also able to access a wide range of quality services including

  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • World Health and Fitness gym access
  • Sports Doctor

If you would like to apply to be part of the programme, please CLICK HERE for an application form.

“I probably wouldn’t be cycling now if it wasn’t for Academy Southland.

The support they gave me to get back into the sport after a break got me back on track.

Right from when I was young, the programme taught me to be a professional athlete. I learnt skills that stay with me today … how to focus, how to get in the zone.

There are a lot of young, talented Southland athletes and the programme gets them ready for the big wide world of high performance. 

It’s been huge for me and it’s huge for Southland sport. “

Pieter Bulling,
(World Champion – Team Pursuit)


There is an intake of up to 12 athletes per year.

Academy Southland 2016

Leadership Athletes
  • Alena Saili (Netball, Rugby, Touch)
  • Elizabeth Reid (Alpine Ski Racing)
  • Alannah Robinson (Netball Umpire)
  • Lucy McIntyre (Softball)
  • Emilia Price (Tennis)
  • Emma Hopcroft (Athletics)
Pathway to Podium
  • Victoria Baldwin (Para Cycling)
  • Atipa Mabonga (Athletics)
  • Bradley Knipe (Cycling)
  • Tom Sexton (Cycling)
  • Hamish Beadle (Cycling)
Find Out More

Contact Academy Southland Programme Manager Jason McKenzie

P: 03 211 2150

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