Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the implementation of the revised athlete pathway strategy, the Australian Cycling Team Podium Potential Academy.
The Academy’s focus will be on developing athletes to target success at the 2024 Olympic Games and beyond in both sprint and endurance disciplines.
The program will see athletes immersed in a high-performance environment at the Australian Cycling Team headquarters in Adelaide, with the aim of bridging the gap between the country’s regional high-performance network and the podium programmes in Adelaide.
The Academy aims deliver a comprehensive and balanced performance curriculum to develop athletes for the physical and mental demands of a high-performance sport, prepare them for Australian Cycling Team podium program, Olympic success and ultimately for life beyond sport.
Athletes will work with two full-time, discipline-specific coaches who will lead the Academy’s performance planning, training and racing strategies. The program will aim to support growth and learning opportunities both on and off the bike to build long-term resilience with high levels of athlete ownership.
Working with the Senior Athlete Career Advisor, athletes will be guided and supported through a process in which they will engage in formal education / career development to ensure a future career pathway away from the bike.
An inaugural class of thirteen athletes was selected following an intense application process which included performance assessments, video presentations, panel interviews and reference checks. This process created a deeper understanding of the person behind the performances which allowed for a more balanced appraisal of athlete suitability and potential.
The Academy will launch in November 2018, to coincide with the end of the Academic year. At this point, athletes will relocate to Adelaide for the next step in their performance journey.
Jon Norfolk (CA Head of Performance Pathways & People) said “We are excited to be launching the Academy program in 2018, adding an essential layer into our performance pathway.
“This Academy programme is the first stage of our broader pathway strategy which in time will assess the needs of all disciplines and levels of the sport. A well-functioning athlete pathway is fundamental to long and sustainable success, and it’s a platform we need to focus on and build upon over the next 6-10 years.”
“The Academy gives athletes full exposure to the Australian Cycling Team performance environment with a holistic programme explicitly designed to maximise their athletic potential.
“However, success for the Podium Potential Academy will not just be measured in future Olympic success, but in the performance of all its graduates in transitioning out of sport successfully.
“This success will be the result of a long-term athlete development strategy, with the Academy building on the great work of our network institutes and delivering the next stage of preparing athletes for future Olympic performance.”
Australian Cycling Team Podium Potential Academy Athletes 2018